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   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

SLA Information Book Award Shortlist

The School Library Association announces the shortlist for the eighth annual SLA Information Book Award.

Chair of the Judges Chris Brown said: “This is the eighth year of the Awards and it is an absolute delight to have received more brilliant, attractive and amazing books than ever. Inevitably that wonderful abundance has made judging and choices more difficult and this shortlist reflects the incredibly high standards publishers are achieving in producing information books for our young readers.”

From our sponsor, Hilary Murray Hill, CEO, Hachette Children’s Group commented:

“I am fiercely proud of our sponsorship of the SLA Information Book Awards. These are now the only awards that highlight the essential work library staff do in engaging young people with information books, as well as celebrate the breadth and imagination of contemporary non-fiction publishing. The authors and illustrators on the 2018 shortlist, and the information professionals, all deserve the highest praise. Their work will encourage, motivate, inform and inspire a whole generation of children.”

The School Library Association is pleased to announce the shortlist for each age category as follows:

7 and under

  • Look I’m a Scientist by Various Authors ISBN 9780241231074 (Dorling Kindersley)

  • Proud to be Deaf by Ava, Lilli,Nick Beese and Romina Marti ISBN 9781526302182 (Wayland)

  • Rock Pool Secrets by Narelle Oliver ISBN 9781406358773 (Walker Books)



  • 100 Things to Know About Food by Various Authors and illustrated by Parko Polo and Mariani Federico ISBN 9781409598619 (Usborne)

  • Dinosaur Atlas by Anne Rooney and James Gilleard ISBN 9781786577184 (Lonely Planet)

  • Real-Life Mysteries – Can You Explain the Unexplained? by Susan Martineau and Vicky Barker ISBN 9781911509080 (b small publishing)

  • The Ways of the Wolf by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Jonathan Woodward ISBN 9781526360304 (Wren & Rook)



  • Escape From Syria by Samya Kullab, Jackie Roche and Mike Freiheit ISBN 9781770859821 (Firefly Books)

  • Explanatorium of Nature by Various Authors ISBN 9780241286845 (Dorling Kindersley)

  • From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBTQ+ Movement by Amy Lamé ISBN 9781526301901 (Wayland)


Congratulations to all our shortlisted authors, illustrators and publishers. The winners will be announced at an event at Hachette Children’s Group’s offices, Carmelite House, on Wednesday 7th November, the start of National Non-fiction November.

Voting for the Children’s Choice from the shortlists will be open shortly as will some activity ideas for the books. Announcements will follow on the SLA website www.sla.org.uk and via Twitter [at]UKSLA and on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/schoollibraryassociation/


Hachette Children’s Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books

The Hachette Children’s Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books launched last year. The award is given to an eminent UK writer or illustrator of information books for children, to mark an exceptional contribution to excellence in their field. In its inaugural year, the prize was voted for by a panel of school librarians and the judges of the Information Book Award, and Nicola Davies was selected as the recipient of the award.

This year, a selection of children’s reading organisations will be invited to submit nominations to the panel, and then take part in a voting process to determine the winner. The 2018 winner will be announced at the SLA Information Book Award ceremony on 7th November.



   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

Nicola Morgan Well-Being for Schools competition

 To celebrate the launch of both The Teenage Guide to Life Online (Walker Books) and Positively Thinking(Hachette Children’s Group), Nicola Morgan, the award-winning author of Blame My BrainThe Teenage Guide to Stress and The Teenage Guide to Friends, has launched a Well-Being

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 competition for schools with some great prizes to be won; including, for the overall winner, Skype “visit” from Nicola, plus signed books, posters, and much, much more!  Full details of and a link to the competition is here:


The Teenage Guide to Life Online is the ultimate family guide to the advantages and risks of life online for people of all ages. Alongside cutting edge research into how the internet and screen-use affects our sleep, mood and ability to concentrate Nicola draws on the many advantages of living in the Digital Age and how to protect our wellbeing and avoid the pitfalls of living in an increasingly digitally reliant world.  

 Positively Teenage covers many aspects of life: changes that happen in adolescence; looking after your physical health; making your brain work well and boosting mental health. There are tips and activities and everything is based around the principles of FLOURISH: Food, Liquid, Oxygen, Use, Relaxation, Interest, Sleep and Happiness.








   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Reading: Cramlington, ...


Our course Mental Health, Wellbeing and Reading, run by Marie Udall from the Self Esteem Team, will be held at Cramlington Learning Village, Cramlington, Northumberland on 27 June 2018.

Literature, escapism and safe spaces are all imperative to good mental health so honing the skills levels of the staff in these spaces is a great way to bolster wellbeing in your school.  Issues covered on this course will include anxiety, body image, academic stress, mental health and self-esteem.

The closing date is 13 June 2018. Bookings received by 6 June 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school staff

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   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

Lancashire Branch: Branch Events

For full details of branch events please see the Lancashire Branch website:



June 23rd – 25th - SLA Weekend Course Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire.
July 15th 2016 - Pupil Librarians’ Conference. Hosted by - TBC
Social/July 2017 - TBC
November 2017 – Full day training: Hosted by - TBC
March 2018 – AGM & Half day training: Hosted by - TBC
Other SLAM / LNM / SLG (30th June)


Report on the social event held on Wednesday 17th June 2015

Barge trip on Lancaster canal followed by a bar meal at Crooklands Hotel

On a summer evening in June, nine branch members enjoyed an informative 1½ hrs meandering down a section of the Lancaster canal. We were kept on our toes on the return journey, with a literary quiz, complete with audio clips from Jo’s ipad and mini speaker!

The evening was rounded off perfectly with an excellent bar meal and liquid refreshment in the Crooklands Hotel, which was very conveniently situated across the road from the canal jetty.

Many thanks to Jo Harwood for organizing this event and for setting the quiz.



Val Dewhurst

Val Dewhurst has been our Branch Secretary for fifteen years, and was

one of the original members of the Lancashire Branch. She has demonstrated unstinting dedication and enthusiasm throughout the whole of this time.

Val has been an inspiration to us all and we are very fortunate in being able to hold on to Val's expertise, but under a different mantle, as she has very kindly agreed to take on the role of Accelerated Reader Facilitator.

AR has been adopted by a great many schools, especially so in Lancashire, and Val's personal experience of AR combined with her forward thinking led her to initiate an independent, and successful, AR Users Group which has proven invaluable for networking and the sharing of AR best practice.

It is reassuring to know that this expertise of AR knowledge will now be under our branch's umbrella.

Mrs R Buckland,  Librarian


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10 Years On!

The Lancashire Branch celebrated its 10th anniversary in March 2010 - there was a special anniversary cake to enjoy!

10 Years of the Lancashire Branch


Alec Williams helped with the celebrations

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   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

Author visits and free books

Notes on My Family

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Everything with Words would be delighted to send you a free copy for your school library of King Bones by Chris Hallatt Wells or Notes on my Family by Emily Critchley. We will be sending out ten copies of each book. So be quick and contact Mikka[at]everythingwithwords.com putting the name of the book you would like to receive in the subject line. Both authors would also be happy to visit your school and talk about creative writing - visits are free but the school will be expected to pay travel costs. Both authors are London based but will travel a reasonable distance!

King Bones is a humorous fantasy. When Danny's parents are sent to prison fro stealing the crown jewels, Danny is sent to live with his evil Aunty Ratbag. But then with King Bones he embarks on an amazing adventure with an army of skeletons.

'Quirky, fun, ingenious and infused with humour this adventure starts with one fantastic robbery and ends with another. The black and white illustrations are entertaining, witty and help to move the story along. It is well written and will help the reader to improve their own story telling skills.' The School Librarian.

 'The characters burst from the page, the plot never lets up pace.' Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary. For children age nine and up.

Notes on my Family is for YA, longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018. An account of a dysfunctional family seen through the eyes of a narrator with Asperger's. 

'Very funny and the voice of Louise as a narrator is brilliant. A funny and uplifting read.'  The School Librarian.



   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

Eastern YLG Unconference: Bring fun to reading

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Eastern YLG Unconference

Bring fun to reading: how libraries can help families get switched on to reading

Eastern Youth Libraries Group's Unconference is aimed at both school and public library staff. It is free and takes place on 29 June 2018 in Norwich. 

This Unconference will seek to inspire attendees, share knowledge, raise debate, and provide networking opportunities.

To book a place see the event flyer or go to Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2s1g7lN

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   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

Marketing Excellence Awards

Have you completed a successful marketing initiative for your library? If so you could enter CILIP's Marketing Excellence Awards which, if you win, will give you national exposure for your project.  Judging will be against a number of criteria: 

  • Success in meeting the original aims and objectives of the campaign 

  • Suitability of concept to target market 

  • Quality of graphics, design and copywriting (where appropriate) 

  • Range, effectiveness and appropriateness of the marketing communications used 

  • Timing, message and consistency of marketing communications 

  • Evaluation of the campaign, demonstrating evidence of impact on the community or target audience (e.g. customer interaction, feedback, attendance, media coverage) 

  • Effective use of project budget and/or non-financial resources 

The originality of the concept will also be taken into account for the overall rating. The closing date for applications is the 30th June and you can find out more about the Awards and how to apply here.



   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

Making a case for #GreatSchoolLibraries

Today sees the announcement of a 3 year campaign to ensure that school libraries are providing support for school staff and pupils well into the future. The multi-organisational evidence based campaign is headed by the SLA, CILIP and SLG. The campaign will aim to unite work already done in Scotland with new work in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

The campaign vision is ‘Every child deserves a great school library’ and it has three main aims:

1) Recognition of School Libraries/Librarians in Ofsted Inspection Framework

  1. 2) Creation of a School Library Strategy for England

  2. 3) Specific investment into School Library development

This will be a long running campaign, and momentum will be bolstered by focusing on different stakeholders at different points, and making sure we are speaking the truth, but talking in a way that makes sense to those different groups.

September will see the launch of the first set of materials, which will be for supporters, and then the campaign will take on its first big challenge – evidence collection. Part of the problem with campaigning for school libraries is that there is a lack of data about the current situation – anecdotally we hear things but there hasn’t been any comprehensive survey of them by the government – they aren’t included in the school census which happens every year. And even if they were, questions pertaining to school libraries have to be very explicit about what they mean by a ‘library’. We define it as:

 “A dedicated space outside of a classroom that offers open access to all pupils throughout the school day. The library is a whole-school resource that provides an inclusive space with access to a range of curated resources, both online and physical, to support teaching and learning.”

We are approaching this campaign with all the patience, dedication and passion to fight for the outcomes which we know will help pupils across the nation achieve their best outcomes, and we would love it if you could join us. To register as a supporter, and thereby receive the pack of resources in September, please sign up here: https://www.cilip.org.uk/page/GreatSchoolLibraries

 If you would like to get more involved – by writing a case study, or getting involved as an organisation, please email alison.tarrant[at]sla.org.uk.

To keep abreast of the latest campaign developments check the dedicated website, the SLA website, or follow the hashtag on Twitter - #GreatSchoolLibraries and you can follow the SLA at: [at]uksla.



   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM



We are seeking a professionally qualified Librarian to cover a period of maternity leave beginning in September 2018.

The John Bright library at Bootham School houses approximately 16,000 resources, including reference books, fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, magazines, and DVDs. You will manage and maintain the library, its books, information technology and resources and promote the library as a welcoming place for study and learning.

You will work closely with teaching staff to support all areas of learning, and support the EPQ and HPQ programmes. 

You must be competent in the use of library management systems, such as Eclipse, and able to actively promote reading for learning and pleasure to students aged 11 to 18.

The Librarian has responsibility for all facets of the library, from stock selection to independent learning.

World Book Day activities, author visits, displays and attendance at Head of Department meetings are all part of the job, as well as maintaining the library as a pleasant place to study and use for all the school community.

Details of how to apply for this position can be found on our website https://www.boothamschool.com/vacancies/ We require that our application form is completed for this post. 

Closing date: 10am Tuesday 19th June 2018

Interviews: Tuesday 26th June

Bootham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All appointments are subject to a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and other safeguarding checks.

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   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Reading: Cramlington, ...


We are delighted to inform you that the SLA have teamed up with the Self Esteem Team for a Mental Health, Wellbeing and Reading training day which will be taking place at Cramlington Learning Village on Wednesday 27th June.

Aimed at KS2 and secondary school library / support staff, this course will look at how Literature, escapism and safe spaces are all imperative to good mental health.  Issues covered will include anxiety, body image, academic stress, mental health and self-esteem.  This will happen by the speaker delivering a first hand testimonial about her experiences, before applying her knowledge of these universal topics to the specific queries of the delegates in the training session.

The closing date is 13 June 2018. Bookings received by 8 June 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90.00 (SLA members), £150.00 (non-members) and a second delegate attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) can do so for as little as £55.00 (SLA members), £75.00 (non-members).  In addition, if your school is not a member of the SLA but it subscribes to one of the excellent School Library Services based in the North East the concessionary rate of £120.00 will be applied to your booking.  Payment is not required by the discount deadline to qualify for the reduced rate. 

Key Audience:

KS2 and secondary school staff

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   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

Surrey Libraries Gothic Jam

2018 is the 200th anniversary of both the publication of Frankenstein and the birth of Emily Bronte, writer of Wuthering Heights. Both novels are key works in the gothic novel genre which would seem to be a perfect opportunity to run a gothic novel themed challenge this July. Surrey Libraries have decided to do just that and are holding an online event around the gothic novel fiction genre, tied in with the photographic and sound resources held by the British Library. 

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The idea is that participants make something creative with the gothic novel as a starting off point - for example, someone could write a folk song with a gothic theme, or create a piece of art based on a gothic fairy tale. Participants can really create whatever they like as long as it references the gothic novel. A number of participants who have already signed up will be creating games for it, and others are focusing on creative writing. The challenge is open to everyone, you do not need to be living in Surrey and it sounds like an exciting way to get young people more interested in the classics. The starting date for the challenge is the 1st of July but it might be as well to start planning now!

Full details can be found at https://itch.io/jam/gothic-novel-jam




   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

Scottish Borders School Libraries Petition

We would like to draw your attention to the petition set up to encourage Scottish Borders Council to reconsider using pupils to run school libraries. Please do sign it if you can and pass it on:


Thank you



   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

Job Vacancies - Library Resource Coordinator: Kendrick ...




2 Part-Time Roles (8am to 12.30pm; 12.30pm to 5pm)

22½ hours per week term time plus 1 week during the summer holidays and INSET days as and when required

Scale Point 18-21

Actual Salary £9,705-£10,564pa (FTE: £18,870-£20,541pa)

Required for September 2018, two enthusiastic and well-organised Library Resource Coordinators. Experience is not essential, however, you must be motivated, creative and passionate about students' learning, books and reading.

Kendrick School is a high achieving selective school for girls aged 11 to 18. It is a specialist school in Science, Mathematics and Languages. The Library is an integral part of learning at Kendrick School. It aims to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of the school community, in which to enjoy reading, research and study for both academic and extra-curricular purposes.  There is space for individual private study and class or group lessons and is open throughout the day and after school.

As a valued member of staff, your role would involve the management, development and promotion of the Library, ensuring that all students and staff have access to a wide range of reading matter, reference materials, research tools and information services. You would be responsible for supervising students and supporting them with their independent learning as well as organising and maintaining the school archives for school events and the Alumnae.

An application form and a job description can be downloaded from the school website or obtained by contacting Ms Amanda Emberson at the school. Visits to the school are welcome.

CVs cannot be accepted as a method of application.

Closing date: Wednesday 27th June 2018

Interviews: Friday 6th July 2018

Kendrick School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Any successful applicant will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure check by the Disclosure and Barring Service. Kendrick School is an Equal Opportunity employer.

Kendrick School, London Road, Reading RG1 5BN
Tel: 0118 9015859

Kendrick School Application Pack - Library Resource Coordinators (2 roles) (for September 2018)

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Kendrick School - Support Staff Application Form

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   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

Information Book Award: Information Book Award Activities ...

We hope these activities are useful for helping you encourage your students to explore the Information Book Award shortlist.

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   16/07/2018 - 06:45 AM

Job Vacancies - Queensbury Academy: Librarian - Queensbury ...


Queensbury Academy, Dunstable

School Librarian

Full time permanent 37.5 hours per week (term time only)

Salary Scale: SCP point 28 to 36 £25,463 - £32,233

Start date: September 2018

You will be managing a vibrant, purpose-built learning area which is very well stocked at the centre of the school campus. It is extremely popular with students at all times of the school day, after school and break and lunchtimes. You will be required to manage the smooth running of the Library by managing children, books and resources, offering support and advice to all users, promoting good study skills and operating the Library Management System. Excellent ICT and behavior management skills are essential.

Main duties will comprise of:

  • Overseeing and monitoring of age appropriate books
  • Liaising with Head of Departments and senior staff in order to keep developing the Library
  • To organise literacy and enrichment opportunities
  • To network with other Librarians in the County
  • To market and promote reading and literacy throughout the school
  • To have a commitment to raising standards and achievement for students at the school.

Queensbury Academy is a good school and one which is committed to moving to outstanding as quickly as possible. We recognise that recruiting high quality staff is of the utmost importance as we continue to improve and expand.

For an application form, job description and person specification, please go to our website http://www.queensburyacademy.com or contact Mrs. S. Gadsden, Principal's PA, on 01582 601241 or via our email address admin[at]queensburyacademy.com 

Closing date: 9th July and Interviews to be held on Monday 16th July 2018.

It is desirable that the successful applicant will have experience of working with children and young adults. Queensbury Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS is required for this post and references will be sought prior to interview.

Applications must be on the Academy Application form.

No CVs will be accepted for any post.

School Librarian Advert June 2018

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School Librarian person specification July 2018

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