Elmgreen School Library, led by inspirational Library and Learning Resource Manager Michael Margerison, has produced this excellent video about enjoying reading. For rights reasons (as they say) I can’t embed it here, but please do follow this link to enjoy a fantastic video: http://youtu.be/phUbA7DpKxg
It’s that wonderful time of year again, when I get pictures of amazing displays in my email!
Yesterday, not one but two beautiful and very different Christmas tree book displays were sent to me, and I love both of them, don’t you? The first tree, minimalist on empty shelves is in Alderley Edge School for Girls in Cheshire and was created by librarian Ruth Wood; the second is in St. Mary’s Catholic School in Bishop’s Stortford and was created by the librarian Emma Halford, with help from the teaching assistants who suggested that she find a book with a star on the front to go on the top of the tree!
I love both of these, and if you have any lovely Christmas displays, videos, or anything else seasonal to share, do send them to me.
Lenny Dutton, the inspirational @missedutton who calls herself – rightly – An Excited Educator, has once more come up with a great video and a way of engaging pupils using the interactive quiz tool Kahoot. Read about it on her blog, and watch the video to be inspired!
Two colleagues from the University of Kent are conducting a UK wide survey on copyright, and they would very much like our help with this. Dr Jane Secker writes: ‘This research is part of an international project originating in the National Library of Bulgaria and analyses have already taken place in Bulgaria, Croatia and Turkey (July – October 2013) and in France (January-March 2014). Further research is currently taking place in Finland, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Romania and USA. We are calling on all librarians, information professionals or those working in educational, cultural and scientific institutions within the UK to complete this survey before 31 December 2014. In other countries the head of the library (rather than the copyright officer) has completed the survey, but we would welcome multiple responses from people at the same institution. Please do consider completing the survey yourself, but also help us to raise awareness of the survey in the sector more widely.
The survey comprises 27 multiple choice questions and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. The research outputs are intended to assist institutions and policy makers in identifying strengths and weaknesses in the comprehension of and engagement with copyright issues in the UK. This of particular importance during the current period of copyright reform.’
Please complete the survey - it doesn’t take long and it will help give the bigger picture. We all are really keen, after all, for copyright, especially on electronic resources, to be sorted out!
Most – though not all – of Heart’s readers know about SLN (School Librarian’s Network) and are members of this Yahoo Group. Most of the work on Heart comes from members of SLN. However, if you are a school librarian anywhere in the world, and you are not a member, you are missing out on a fantastic source of support and CPD. The group was set up by Elizabeth Bentley, who is on the SLG Committee, more than 10 years ago. The group runs as a completely free chatroom where we can exchange ideas, put those questions that only another librarian colleague can answer, and have the occasional moan! The group also has a large collection of very useful files. If you would like to join, create a Yahoo profile which includes the fact that you are a school librarian. Then search Yahoo Groups for SLN and apply to join. It is a closed group, but it doesn’t take too long for you to be approved. Then you can join the most lively and informative online group of school librarians I have ever come across. See you there!
Three tweets on the subject of Graphic Novels caught my eye today, and I thought that I would share them with you. The first was from a blog called Talking Books, which is a blog by the CILIPSLG London and South East Group. The group had recently had a training event at Forbidden Planet, and had come back with several good websites and a list of the top ten graphic novels every school library should have on their shelves. In response to this tweet by @dawnafinch, who is one of the leaders of the group, came a tweet from Matt Imrie (@mattlibrarian) who runs the Teen Librarian blog. If you haven’t read it yet, do subscribe, it’s great! Matt sent two links for historical graphic novels to be used in schools. The first is a general historical list, and the second is specifically about the Holocaust. Both of the lists should find a place in every school library. Thanks to Matt and Dawn for tweeting these lists.
In my inbox this afternoon was one of those emails that just brightens up your day! Jenny Bartlett from the North London Collegiate school emailed me to show off this wonderful display that her colleague Mr Chan had created in the library. She told me that it is creating quite a buzz – as well it might! Jenny explained the reason for the display:
‘Our school has an annual ‘Fantasy Fashion’ event, a charity fundraiser where pupils design and produce fantasy fashion outfits around a given theme, culminating in a fashion show complete with catwalk. We like to create library displays to tie in with school events, and for this year, bought some new books on fashion, design, creative textiles etc. Mr Chan, one of our librarians, has created an incredible display that is placed right at our main entrance. We’ve extended the theme by incorporating and adapting well known book titles – so we have ‘A Streetcar named Denim’, ‘To Kilt a Mockingbird’, ‘Tender is the Nightgown’, ‘All the King’s Menswear’, amongst others!
He has also dressed a mannequin using withdrawn books, and this will be placed outside the library to publicise a competition, ‘Strike a Prose’, where pupils are invited to write a piece around the year’s theme. It will be interesting to see if extending our display beyond the library itself will bear fruit. We are hoping that the mannequin itself will take part in the fashion show, possibly on a set of wheels!
‘Fantasy Fashion is inspired in memory of a pupil. She spent part of her gap year working with the Karenni refugees in Burma, changed career direction and ended up working and living amongst them, but was sadly killed there in a motorbike crash. Fantasy fashion each year is in her memory, and money raised goes to the refugees. Always a big thing here, and still attended by her parents.’
This is one of the most beautiful and innovative displays – especially the mannequin! – that I have seen for a while. Don’t forget if you have a great display in your library, we would love to share it on Heart.