Librarian Chigozie Nri from the East London Science School, wanted to make browsing eBooks more of a physical experience. She felt that the students missed out on the ability to browse through eBooks the way they could through physical books. All of her students have tablets with an embedded NFC reader- a form of wireless technology which allows the transfer of data between enabled devices. So Chigozie bought some NFC tags and embedded them in laminated book covers (see pictures). This way the students can tap their tablets on the covers and find out more about the books. They can also automatically download their books to the tablet – a fantastic idea! At the moment she can only use public domain books like those on Project Gutenberg, but the project has been a great success so far. It is a great innovative idea, and shows the way that school librarians are always looking for ways to promote books and reading, whatever the format. Fantastic idea Chigozie!
The School Library Group of CILIP has produced a great leaflet promoting the difference a school library run by a professional librarian, makes. This leaflet is suitable to distribute to parents, teachers, students and governors. It provides a simple set of questions for parents to ask whilst going round a school library – if there is one- and questions to ask if there isn’t. This is a fantastic resource which should be widely downloaded and distributed. If you belong to any networks, please distribute it there. The link to download the leaflet from CILIP’s website is here: http://www.cilip.org.uk/school-libraries-group/professional-librarians-leaflet
During the 2012/13 academic year seventeen schools across Britain took part in a Secret Book Circle. The aim was for each school to send two books to the next school in the circle until they received their original books back. Students in each school, boys and girls aged between 11 and 16, read and reviewed each book and gave them a mark out of ten. School Librarian Andrea Hassan, who works at Old Buckenham High School, Norfolk, co-ordinated the programme. In the Files section of Heart, to the right of this article you will find a map showing the location of all the schools who participated, and the responses to the different books from around the country. It is very interesting to see how books were received and rated by different schools. If anyone would like to run it this year, Andrea will be very happy to pass the baton on, having initiated the project last year. It looks like an inspiring project, and worthwhile doing again – anyone?
Adrian Thompson spent two weeks in Zambia this summer, with the Book Bus Project. It was an experience which had a profound effect on him. If you want to know more about this amazing project, then read further on this page on Heart.