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Past Weekend Courses


Glasgow 2018 LogoThe 2018 SLA weekend course – Weavers of Dreams: Creativity and Imagination – was held in a three-day format on 22 to 24 June 2018 at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.

A course review will be published in The School Librarian and full details and presentations by guest speakers will be available on the SLA website.


Lightbulb Moments LogoThe 2017 Joint YLG & SLA weekend course – Lightbulb Moments: Powered by Librarians  was held over three days from 23–25 June 2017 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

The course celebrated the 80th anniversary of both the SLA and the CILIP Carnegie Medal, both established in 1937. Details...


Weekend 2016 LogoThe SLA's 2016 weekend course - Empowerment, Empathy, Engagement: The Impact of School Libraries - was held in a two-day format in June 2016 at Tortworth Court Hotel, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire.

View course reports and presentations.

Sponsored by Micro Librarian Systems (MLS).


Weekend 2015 logoThe SLA's 2015 weekend course - “Creating Future Learners: A Hoard of Knowledge” - was held at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre in Staffordshire in a three-day format on 12-14 June 2015.

View course reports and presentations.


Sponsored by Micro Librarian Systems (MLS).


Manchester 2014 LogoThe SLA's Weekend Course for 2014 was held at the Manchester Renaissance Hotel on 20–21 June 2014 with the theme No Librarian Is an Island: Making Friends and Influencing People.

View full details, programme and presentations


Sponsored by Micro Librarian Systems (MLS).


Belfast 2013 LogoReaching Out: New Ways to Engage  was held on 21–23 June 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Sponsored by Micro Librarian Systems (MLS).


SLA Weekend Course 2011: Libraries Give Us PowerLibraries Give Us Power
24 - 25 June 2011
Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre, Bedfordshire

Our 2012 Weekend Course at Wyboston Lakes was a great success. Selected presentations are available.

Full Details


The Magic Threshold: Step Into New Worlds
25 - 27 June 2010 · East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

Keynote Speakers: Professor Stephen Heppell, Anthony Browne, Kev F Sutherland, Henry Winkler, Miranda McKearney

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Take Your Partners: School Libraries Building Bridges
19 - 21 June 2009 · University of Surrey, Guildford

Keynote Speakers: Wendy Cooling, Jonathan Douglas, Nikki Heath & Sally Westrope, Andrew Fusek Peters & Polly Peters, Gervase Phinn, Steve Skidmore & Steve Barlow

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School Libraries: Leading Learning
13 - 15 June 2008 · University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Keynote Speakers: Rhona Arthur, Dr John Crawford, Mike Brearley, Jamie Jauncey, Christine Irving, Nicola Morgan, Dr Jonathan Sharples, Elspeth S Scott

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The Future is Now
22 - 24 June 2007 · University of Nottingham

Keynote Speakers: Phil Bradley, Anthony Bravo, Ian Dodds, Stephen Elboz, Sharon Markless, Gervase Phinn

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If You've Got It, Flaunt It - Promoting the School Library
23 - 25 June 2006 · University of Bath

Keynote Speakers: Rachel van Riel, Phil Jarrett HMI, Anne Fine, Miranda McKearney, Melvin Burgess

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Knowledge is Power - Creating the Information Literate School
17 - 19 June 2005 · University of Surrey, Guildford

Keynote Speakers: Ross Todd, Sharon Markless, David Streatfield, Aidan Chambers, Anthony Browne, Simon James

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From Aesop to E-Book: The Story Goes On...
17 - 20 June 2004 · Trinity College, Dublin · Joint SLA/IASL Conference

Keynote Speakers: Aidan Chambers, Patricia Donlan, Michael Morpurgo, Margaret Meek Spencer

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