Are you going to LILAC this year?



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.

School Library Camps

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);

Yorkshire (Leeds);

Scotland (Glasgow);


Book your place today to avoid disappointment!

Libraries Change Lives Award – will you enter?


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: 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!