I am proud to announce that Heart of the School has been nominated as one of the best Educational Blogs in 2016! This is in UKEd Magazine, and the blog is featured alongside teacher’s blogs. Thank you to everyone who has contributed stories to Heart – all your hard work has been acknowledged! Please do keep your contributions coming in – everything from lessons you teach on information literacy to displays you put up. It is really important to show the breadth of things that school librarians do – we don’t just stamp books, we have a vital role to play in educating children. If you wish to read the UKEd magazine with the nomination in, then you can download it from here. Thank you everyone – and keep it coming! We passionately want to show that school librarians make a difference to every school!
The CILIP School Libraries Group have produced another excellent book pack, following on from the World War One resource pack. This time the theme is ‘Being Me’, and it centres around difference and disability. The books cover a wide range of subjects, with questions and exercises suitable for all reading groups. Primary as well as secondary books are included, as well as poetry. SLG members can download the pack for free from the CILIPSLG website here; non members (and members) can buy a beautifully produced pack at a very reasonable price. Details on the flyer here. Please contact Sarah Masters for more details.
A lot of readers will already know about the amazing email list called School Librarians’ Network (SLN). In fact, most of the articles on Heart come from SLN members. But for those of you who have not caught up with this amazing resource, this is how you join. School Librarians’ Network is a Yahoo Group, and to join SLN you first have to have a Yahoo identity. This is quick and easy – just ensure that you put that you are a school librarian, or if your job is of interest to us. We have many authors on the list, for instance. There are 1000+ of us on there so it is probably best that you use a different email to your school one, as there are a large volume of emails a day. (You can of course access all emails straight on the site). SLN is a wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom – whatever you ask, someone, somewhere, has done it before and has great advice to offer. We also have a huge files section, worth it’s weight in gold! You won’t regret joining SLN, the brainchild of school librarian Elizabeth Bentley, who moderates the group. Simply send a blank email to :
to access the group. You will still need your Yahoo profile set up to access the files. Hope to see you there!
Two colleagues from the University of Kent are conducting a UK wide survey on copyright, and they would very much like our help with this. Dr Jane Secker writes: ‘This research is part of an international project originating in the National Library of Bulgaria and analyses have already taken place in Bulgaria, Croatia and Turkey (July – October 2013) and in France (January-March 2014). Further research is currently taking place in Finland, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Romania and USA. We are calling on all librarians, information professionals or those working in educational, cultural and scientific institutions within the UK to complete this survey before 31 December 2014. In other countries the head of the library (rather than the copyright officer) has completed the survey, but we would welcome multiple responses from people at the same institution. Please do consider completing the survey yourself, but also help us to raise awareness of the survey in the sector more widely.
The survey comprises 27 multiple choice questions and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. The research outputs are intended to assist institutions and policy makers in identifying strengths and weaknesses in the comprehension of and engagement with copyright issues in the UK. This of particular importance during the current period of copyright reform.’
Please complete the survey – it doesn’t take long and it will help give the bigger picture. We all are really keen, after all, for copyright, especially on electronic resources, to be sorted out!
Most – though not all – of Heart’s readers know about SLN (School Librarian’s Network) and are members of this Yahoo Group. Most of the work on Heart comes from members of SLN. However, if you are a school librarian anywhere in the world, and you are not a member, you are missing out on a fantastic source of support and CPD. The group was set up by Elizabeth Bentley, who is on the SLG Committee, more than 10 years ago. The group runs as a completely free chatroom where we can exchange ideas, put those questions that only another librarian colleague can answer, and have the occasional moan! The group also has a large collection of very useful files. If you would like to join, create a Yahoo profile which includes the fact that you are a school librarian. Then send a blank email to this address and Elizabeth will join you up.
It is a closed group, but it doesn’t take too long for you to be approved. Then you can join the most lively and informative online group of school librarians I have ever come across. You will still need your Yahoo Profile to access the files. See you there!
Have you visited the excellent IFLA blog yet? You don’t have to be a member to access their excellent information, and it gives you an international perspective as well.
I have recently been in touch through Twitter with Anabel Marsh who has written a blog featuring 23 librarians from all different disciplines, including school librarians of course! Anabel’s blog only covers Scotland, and can be found here:http://librarians23.wordpress.com/ However, there are now similar blogs being set up to cover England, Wales and Scotland. A second round for Scotland is being collected, and if you would like to contribute your story, how about contacting the various regional co-ordinators to tell your story? These are the contacts:
For England contact Virginia Power: email@example.com
For Wales contact Kristine Chapman: Kristine.Chapman@museumwales.ac.uk
For Scotland contact Anabel Marsh: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Northern Ireland contact Elaine Mulholland: email@example.com
If you don’t feature on the next blog, don’t despair, as I believe that second and third rounds are being written. Alternatively, you can always send your day to me at Heart to feature in the series A Day in the Life of.. – would be pleased to have updates!