Great School Libraries Campaign – questionnaire on the way!

School libraries aren’t statutory, and in the UK no one knows how many there are, or if they are staffed or funded. The Great School Libraries campaign is a three-year campaign which aims to change this – collecting data about school libraries as well as working towards securing school library funding; producing a national framework for school libraries and recognition of school libraries within Ofsted.

It is about ensuring that all children receive the benefits a school library can provide. To watch a video about the impact of a school library click here.

For more information about the campaign, or to sign up as a supporter, visit: http://greatschoollibraries.edublogs.org/

We are conducting a sector-wide survey of primary and secondary schools to better understand the level of provision of both learning resources and staff responsible for them. As you know, there is currently no definitive information on how schools are resourced – something we want to change. We would appreciate your help in gathering this information to provide a clearer picture of the situation and would be grateful if you could complete a short questionnaire.

Your responses will be treated in the strictest confidence and BMG Research, who are conducting the survey on our behalf, abides by the Market Research Society Code of Conduct at all times.

The survey will be sent to schools shortly and will be open between Monday 25th February to Friday 29thMarch. If you want to make sure this survey has been completed on behalf of your school please do get in touch with Jamie Lawson, Research Executive at BMG Research, via e-mail at Jamie.Lawson@bmgresearch.co.uk. Alternatively, you can contact him via phone at 0121 333 6006.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the Great School Libraries Campaign, please contact Alison Tarrant, Chair of the GSL working group via e-mail at info@sla.org.uk

Reblogged from the SLA website with permission.

Softlink UK School Library Survey

The 2017 UK School Library Survey is now open for submissions

Softlink is inviting you to take part in the 2017 UK School Library Survey. The survey results provide a current overview of the industry and a source of information for decision makers, schools and library staff.All school libraries in the United Kingdom are encouraged to participate in this year’s online survey

All school libraries in the United Kingdom are encouraged to participate in this year’s online survey

Follow this link   to complete the survey before 16 October.

Using Graphic Novels for History

Three tweets on the subject of Graphic Novels caught my eye today, and I thought that I would share them with you.  The first was from a blog called Talking Books, which is a blog by the CILIPSLG London and South East Group.  The group had recently had a training event at Forbidden Planet, and had come back with several good websites and a list of the top ten graphic novels every school library should have on their shelves.   In response to this tweet by @dawnafinch, who is one of the leaders of the group, came a tweet from Matt Imrie (@mattlibrarian) who runs the Teen Librarian blog.  If you haven’t read it yet, do subscribe, it’s great!  Matt sent two links for historical graphic novels to be used in schools.  The first is a general historical list, and the second is specifically about the Holocaust.  Both of the lists should find a place in every school library.  Thanks to Matt and Dawn for tweeting these lists.

Student Library Assistant Training

Do you want help in training your student library assistants?  Would you like them to meet other student library assistants nearby and have a really good training experience?  Can you easily travel to London?  Then book them on to this FREE event held in Elmgreen School, in the West Norwood area of Lambeth.  All details on the poster (click to enlarge) – but book quickly, as places are limited. You can ring Michael Margerison on: 020 8766 5020
Student library assistant training

Read For My School – National Reading Competition

Snip20140102_1Have you registered for this event yet, UK schools?  If not, why not – it is a free event sponsored by publishers.  Great for boosting your school library as well – and partnership opportunities with your feeder primaries.  Prizes available too – what’s not to like?  Register on the website here: http://www.readformyschool.co.uk/teacher_interest/

12 Books of Christmas display

Eleanor Parker of St James Senior School London sent these pictures of her amazing display.  She says:

“The books are all linked to the theme of the day so ‘Five Gold Rings’ is Lord of the Rings, ‘Seven Swans Swimming’ is A Company of Swans etc – some are a little tenuous (So few YA/children’s books with drum or pipes in the title!) but I think that adds to the fun!  Under the flap is a short synopsis of the book and the cover.”

I think this is one of the most innovative Christmas displays that I have seen for a long time.  What do you think?12 books of Christmas 1 12 books of Christmas 2 12 books of Christmas 3