Matt Imrie, creator of the amazing Teen Librarian blog and school librarian at Farringtons School, has created this great slideshow for explaining plagiarism. Enjoy it, and keep up with Matt’s other ideas by following his blog, or following him on Twitter @mattlibrarian
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 :
The author Marcus Alexander @getyourreadon has produced another fantastic short video for library advocacy. If you follow him on YouTube you will find more of these amazing short films, all entitled Why You Should Be Reading. Looks like an author you want in your school too!
Cotsen Children’s Library has interviewed children’s authors since 2009, and has just made these interviews available for free as podcasts. There is a good mixture of well known authors on there – Philip Pullman, Sharon Creech, Joseph Delaney and Kaye Umansky, to name a few. To read about the programme, and how the author Lloyd Alexander inspired the interviews, see here. To read more about the featured authors including transcripts of the interviews, see here. This is a great archive that Cotsen Children’s Library has built up – thanks to them for making all of this freely available.
BiblioFiles artwork by Aliisa Lee. Used with permission.
The wonderful Helen Smith, Learning Resources Manager at Eckington School has worked her magic again and produced a Christmas TV schedule for us, where the films/programmes are all based on books. Enjoy!
Lenny Dutton, the inspirational @missedutton who calls herself – rightly – An Excited Educator, has once more come up with a great video and a way of engaging pupils using the interactive quiz tool Kahoot. Read about it on her blog, and watch the video to be inspired!
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!
The Hay Levels is a new YouTube channel, with 3-5 minute short films by leading academics and experts on various subjects to do with AL subjects. They include Simon Singh talking about the Big Bang Theory, Marcus du Sautoy talking about Trigonometry and Logarithms, Richard Dawkins on Irreducible Complexity in religion and Simon Schama on the Weirdness of History. Great as lesson starters to get pupils thinking – and free!
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:
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!
Does your school have a mobile branch? Paddington Academy does! Barry Chaplin, the librarian there told me that he: ‘borrowed a laptop and trolley (with 6 small trays and two big ones) from the Science Department, loaded the laptop with Eclipse2 and created a mobile library, stocking it with around 120 books from the boxes, the date stamp and its own banner. I had the good luck to have inherited an old silver security brick so was able to de-secure the books easily. One of the big trays was kept empty for returns which were booked back in securely at my desktop. The Mobile Library was taken to the breakfast club every morning and to tutors and English teachers who booked it for library sessions.
As a result I bought a trolley for the library and asked for our own laptop from IT Support. Five years on and the mobile library is still an important part of our offer (although less used than then). Recently I have started to use it loaded with single genre books as part of a tutor-time reading scheme.’