What are you doing in your school today? Do you have anything exciting to share with other Heart users – please send photos and stories to me, I would love to feature them here. I love the World Book Day site, there is so much on there! Or did you take part in the Robert Muchamore live webcast? How did that go? Share all of your World Book Day news with other users of the site – hope you have a wonderful day!
LILAC – Librarians Information Literacy Conference is on in Sheffield between 25th and 28th of April. Are you planning on going this year? This is what the organisers say: ’LILAC is organised by CILIP’s Information Literacy Group and aimed at librarians and information professionals who teach information literacy skills, are interested in digital literacies and want to improve the information seeking and evaluation skills of all our library users whoever they may be.’
More information can be found about this very interesting conference, including how to book, here.
Are you going to a school Library Camp this summer? This is a fantastic opportunity to network with other school librarians in your area, and best of all – they are free! They also take place on a Saturday so you don’t have to worry if you are a solo librarian, or worry if you are not allowed out. All it will cost is your travel to and from the venues – what a bargain! The four camps all take place on June 14th, in Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and London. There are plans to link all four camps during the day with social media – Skype, Twitter, Blogs etc. You need to get a ticket to the event, for number purposes, although, as I said, the tickets are free. Tickets to the four events are available via Eventbrite here:
North West (Manchester); http://tinyurl.com/p7q48t9
Yorkshire (Leeds); http://tinyurl.com/q4vnted
Scotland (Glasgow); http://tinyurl.com/o89yux4
Book your place today to avoid disappointment!
Have you heard of the Libraries Change Lives Award? This is for UK libraries, and the criteria specifically mention that school libraries are welcome to enter. The website states that ‘The CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award highlights and rewards partnership work that changes lives, brings people together and demonstrates innovation and creativity. Our judges, from the CILIP Community, Diversity and Equality Group, are keen to promote social justice through the use of library, information and knowledge services to empower people and improve their quality of life.’
This is the very thing that school libraries are good at, and I think that it is time that we considered putting school libraries forward for this award. I know that many of you run reading schemes to help pupils who have difficulty reading, we use differentiation, we include and encourage Looked After Children and EAL pupils; and some of you even run Adult Literacy classes, or Computer Literacy classes. Our main work usually consists of promoting social justice through our libraries. So have a think – entries have to be in by the end of April. If you would like to discuss this further, CILIP President and School Librarian Barbara Band is very keen to include a school library in this year’s submissions, and is happy for you to contact her to discuss your eligibility further. Contact Barbara on: [email protected] Or use the contact button on Heart to contact me. Please do think seriously about this – what better way to promote school libraries and the reason we desperately need them in schools, than to win a national award like this!
It’s that time of year again! Time to find out which books are on the long lists, and try to read them all before the short lists are announced on March 18th. Click here to go to the official page with the long lists on, or click here to visit Matt’s page in a more user-friendly format. Happy reading!
Who is getting ready for Valentine’s Day in their Library? Helen Burns of Perth High School is as you can see from the beautiful displays below. Helen says: “We bought heart-shaped stickers for pupils to vote for their favourite literary romantic couple, and in two days this section has become festooned in little, glittery hearts. Katniss & Peeta are winning hands-down for now. We have extra paper hearts for pupils to nominate their own fictional romantic couples – so far we have seven extra suggestions and a flurry of votes for others who clearly favour them over our own suggestions. The books on display are about friendships as well as romantic love. The Lonely Hearts quiz is also going well, particularly as we are offering a goody bag for the first person to guess all 15 (or as many as possible if no-one gets them all). I was worried that this display might be considered too girly, but the boys are going for it every bit as much.” If you have a great Valentine’s Day display, why not share it with us on the Heart Facebook page – either directly or by sending the photos in to me to put up for you.
Aren’t these elephants a fantastic idea? Ann Clifford-Smith, Librarian at Plashet School in East Ham sent me these wonderful pictures of elephants marching around the walls of her library with this explanation:
“To mark the beginning of the new year, students in Years 7 and 8 at Plashet School were encouraged to think about their individual reading habits and to make ‘reading resolutions’. These were written on paper elephants and displayed around the library to help students remember what it was they had committed to do in the coming year.
It was wonderful to see the girls really thinking about positive steps they could take to get more out of the experience of reading and it will be interesting to see how many have managed to keep their resolutions when we revisit them later in the year.” What a wonderful idea – who’s going to do this next year?
Matt Imrie (@mattlibrarian) has been working on a way of explaining plagiarism in a contemporary way for students at his school to really understand the issues. This is his presentation, and I think he puts the issue over really well. Matt is happy for you to use and adapt his presentation for your own students.
Have you registered for this event yet, UK schools? If not, why not – it is a free event sponsored by publishers. Great for boosting your school library as well – and partnership opportunities with your feeder primaries. Prizes available too – what’s not to like? Register on the website here: http://www.readformyschool.co.uk/teacher_interest/