The 12 books of Christmas

Whether you have just broken up, or are just about to, here is a Librarian’s Christmas poem, from Carol Elliott of Newcastle High School For Girls.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

12 eBook downloads

11 budget reprints

10 graphic novels

9 Booker winners

8 hardback classics

7 Harry Potters

6 first editions

5 Penguins

4 Collin’s Gems

3 French plays

2 travel guides

A thesaurus and a diction-a-ry!

Happy Christmas 2018 everyone!  Hope you all make a wonderful dent on your TBR pile and come back refreshed and happy and ready to start the year in 2019!

 

Christmas TV/Book Schedule 2018

I know this is the most eagerly awaited and downloaded post of the year!  As always, Helen Smith, Learning Resource Manager at Eckington School has produced the TV guide with a difference!  All of the TV programmes or films in the schedule are based on books, which gives us a great chance to recommend the books to students.  In addition, several school librarians have named their top three books based on the film schedule, so you have personal recommendations.  Helen is very happy for you to share this widely, but please remember to acknowledge here when you do.  Happy Christmas!

Reading Flip Guides

This beautifully simple. yet effective idea was shared on the internet mailing group SLN, and I immediately asked the librarian, Gavin Jones from Melbourne Girls Grammar, if I could share this with all of you.  Gavin runs the website Read it! Loved it!  and tweets about his love of books at @readitlovedit 

The flipguides are a beautifully simple way for pupils to be independent in finding books, yet under the remote guidance of the librarian.  They are simple and cheap to put together, and easy to add and take away books from once made.  Laminated, they are durable and will survive much handling.  Gavin has agreed to share his template with us, so that everyone can build their own guides, and it can be found here on his website, where examples of the flipguides he has already built can be found.  If you do find this useful, a shout out to Gavin on Twitter would be great!

2018 Book Advent Calendars

Sarah Masters, of Thomas Deacon Academy, usually kicks off the Christmas season on Heart by sending me her powerpoint Advent calendars, which she sends round to all tutors in December.  This year, we have two from her, one for seniors and one for juniors.  Enjoy!

The Senior calendar is too large to show in a preview, but you can download it with this link:Advent calendar 2018

And for the Juniors – the download link is under the presentation

#GreatSchoolLibraries Campaign is officially launched!

I hope that most of you noticed that this wonderful Campaign was launched yesterday, 20th September 2018.  I was certainly busy on Twitter with it!

Most of you know that with my other hat on I am Chair of CILIP’s School Libraries Group, and in this capacity I am on the team that launched this initiative.  Working in partnership with Alison Tarrant of the School Library Association and with other partners, we have started a three year campaign with the objective of raising the profile of school libraries with the government, Ofsted and educational professionals everywhere.  Our aim is to get them to realise the value that a school library brings. and therefore to properly fund them where they exist, and put them back in schools where they have been taken out.

To this end, we would value your help!  We have a data collecting team who is compiling a lot of information to prove the value that we bring.  If you could help us by sending us a case study (or two!) on how you have made a difference to teaching and learning.  I am attaching a template here, and an exemplar case study for you to look at.  If you need any further help with this, please contact me on this page and I will put you in touch with someone on the team who can help.

On the website you will also find two wonderful posters to put up in your library, and an exercise for your students to do as well, celebrating your library and what it means to them.  You can send pictures of these to us – send them to me and I will put them on the page.

Let’s celebrate our #GreatSchoolLibraries!  Please tweet about your successes using that hashtag, and let’s make this three year Campaign make a difference!

Draft guide and template

Case study example

Shine School Media Awards

Children’s author Karen McCombie is on the committee of the SHINE SCHOOL MEDIA AWARDS, and would love to get the word out to more secondary schools – state, independent and special – about this amazing competition for school newspapers, magazines, podcasts or websites( both print and online). And of course, she knows the best way to spread the message is via the school librarian – the font of all school-related knowledge! Here’s how Shine works: schools register an interest via the website, which is full of useful advice about how to start and run school publications. Shortlisted schools are then invited to attend a ceremony in the City of London, where pupils have the chance to take part in workshops, have lunch in the ancient and beautiful Stationers’ Hall, and step on stage to accept some prestigious prizes, which include offers of master-classes and work experience from some of the major communications industry bodies that support Shine. 

Schools can find out more and register at www.shine-schoolawards.org  Why not enter your school?

 

Research Smarter!

 

CILIP’s Information Literacy Group have produced a great set of research sheets aimed at schools, and even better, they have chosen to allow this as a free download for everyone.  They were originally created to go with the Teen Tech Awards, but they adapted them for use in all settings.  These ten sheets help students become information literate and smart researchers themselves.  Download them here. CILIPILG has also produced a very helpful new definition of what Information Literacy means in all sorts of contexts, and you can download that here.

An introduction to Dewey from the Teen Librarian

It’s the time of year when inductions start happening for new students, or we start thinking about how we introduce the library to our incoming Year 7 students.   This introduction is from Matt Imrie, blogger at Teen Librarian.  If you haven’t yet discovered this wonderful resource, then sign up today!  Matt has created one of the best fun introductions to Dewey – in my opinion! – with this fun activity using the Dewey Decimal Classification card game.  Playable in several ways, Matt provides the rules and a free download of beautifully visual cards.  Feel free to use this resource – but remember to credit the Teen Librarian!

If you have any great induction activities you’d like to share, please contact me.