Do you belong to the internet group School Librarians Network yet? If not, I really have to ask, why not? SLN is a lifeline for school librarians everywhere. Many of us are solo librarians, without anyone else to bounce ideas off, unlike teachers who have departmental colleagues to do that with. Therefore many of us struggle on, inventing everything from scratch, creating everything and not having anyone to consult about problems that are solely library related. Well, SLN is the answer to that! Started by the inspirational Elizabeth Bentley more than 15 years ago – and I have certainly been a member for that long and it wasn’t new then – SLN was a Yahoo Group. It is a safe place to bounce ideas around, ask Dewey queries, ask LMS questions, share problems and find a sympathetic ear, ask copyright questions and much, much more! SLN has a wealth of files that members can access, where generous librarians have shared displays, book lists and quizzes. You need only to ask, and generally somebody else has done that and will share with you.
The reason why I am writing about this now – although it is always a good time to join SLN – is that Elizabeth has migrated the group from a Yahoo group to a Groups.io group instead. This is a more reliable platform, and will give the group greater flexibility. All of the files have been migrated too, so years of work has not been lost. All current members were automatically migrated, but if you are reading this and are thinking that you need to belong to this inspirational community – and who wouldn’t! – then the joining details have changed. Simply send an email to: SLNfirstname.lastname@example.org to join the community. See you there!
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