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.
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!
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
If you are near enough to London to come to this event, then please book yourself in! It will be a great day of sharing good practice and ideas, sessions on self-advocacy and ebooks – what’s not to enjoy for only £5? Details of the day, plus booking information can be downloaded from the files box to the right in the folder entitled LibMeet 2013. Hope to see you there!
A Monster Calls made history when it became the first book to win both the Carnegie and Greenaway awards. Patrick Ness became only the second author to win the award on two simultanous years, and Jim Kay won the Greenaway for his stunning illustrations. It is fitting that this book, which I consider to be one of the must-read books of the decade, should win this unique accolade. In his acceptance speech, Patrick Ness criticised the government policy of closing libraries. If you would like to read more about this, then have a look at these articles:http://tinyurl.com/cf2mr7p (Guardian) and http://tinyurl.com/c5a7rmr (Telegraph)
Did you manage to get to the Lighting the Future joint SLG/SLA/YLG Conference at Windsor this weekend? If, like me, you weren’t able to attend, you can see all the tweets and get a flavour of what went on. John Iona collected all the conference tweets under the hashtag #LTF12 using a free programme called Storify. Many thanks to John for curating them for us all. http://storify.com/Cilipslg/lighting-the-future You can also see presentations and blog posts about the Conference here:http://www.lightingthefuture.org.uk/presentations.php
CILIP, the SLA and ASCEL are joining forces for a new campaign to Shout About the value of school libraries and school library services. We are all asked to join forces and talk about, blog and tweet the value of school libraries. If you tweet, please include the hashtag #SHOUTABOUT, and follow @anniemauger (CEO CILIP) so she can make our feelings known in government and wherever it matters. Have a think about what you can do to support this campaign. If you tweet, then tweet daily during the next couple of months about important moments in your school day, with the hashtag, so that the tweets can be collected. If you blog, then send the link to annie,[email protected] so that everything can be collected for advocacy. And keep an eye on the webpages for useful information too.
Congratulations to the winning authors of the prestigious Carnegie and Greenaway Awards this year. Patrick Ness won the Carnegie Medal for the last brilliant book in his trilogy ‘Chaos Walking’, and Grahame Baker-Smith won the Greenaway Medal for the beautiful picture book ‘FArTHER’. An interview with Patrick Ness in the Independent questions why he puts violence into his teenage books, to which Patrick has some very interesting answers. Patrick Ness’s acceptance speech can be found in this article in the Guardian, in which he makes an amazing, passionate defence of libraries, and school libraries in particular. Patrick refers to himself as ‘the child that libraries built’ and says ‘That’s what librarians do. They open up the world. Because knowledge is useless if you don’t know how to find it, if you don’t even know where to begin to look’. The speech is well worth reading, and passing on to everyone who matters in your school. It’s been a year where authors are speaking out for school libraries – Michael Morpurgo, then Julia Donaldson, and now Patrick Ness. Lets hope Ed Vaizey and Michael Gove are listening!