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   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

Winter Mini Challenge

With the weather turning thoughts are turning to half term and beyond...

 The Winter Mini Challenge from The Reading Agency encourages children to keep reading through those cold, winter holidays.

This year they are thrilled to be joining forces with publisher partner Nosy Crow to run a very special and seasonal "There's A Yeti In The Playground" themed Mini Challenge.

There's A Yeti In The Playground is filled with laugh-out-loud fun from Blue Peter Award winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham and we can't wait for children to join in with all the Yeti fun!

 

 

   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

Children's Choice vote - vote now!

There's just under a month to go of the Children's Choice Award, so if you haven't explored the amazing books on the Information Book Award Shortlist yet there's still time! 

There's some brilliant books on the shortlist in all categories: Under 7; 7-12 and 12-16 so get exploring, discussing and voting! 

If you would like to attend the ceremony at 6pm on 7th November email: info@sla.org.uk. Designated tickets will be given on a first come first served basis. 

Vote here: https://www.sla.org.uk/information-book-award.php before Saturday 27 October 2018.

 

 

   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

New Staff member

Some of you may remember that over the summer we were recruiting for a Member Development Librarian. We can now reveal that we are delighted to welcome Dawn Woods into the SLA Office. Dawn has a huge amount of experience and knowledge of school libraries, and her passion, calm enthusiasm and steadfastness will bring a lot to the SLA. Her main role will be working with and for the members; being the first point of contact for enquiries, developing resources for the website and making sure members have all they need to excel in their roles. 

Dawn will be starting in November, and we are very much looking forward to her joining the team. 

And that brings us to the end of Libraries Week. We hope you celebrated what you do in some way, and make sure this weekend you take some time to focus on your well-being. 

 

 

   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

New Comics Laureate announced

Award-winning author Hannah Berry, creator of the critically-acclaimed graphic novels Adamtine and Livestock, whose credits include work for New Statesman, was announced as the new Comics Laureate at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival earlier this evening, Saturday 13th October 2018.

The Comics Laureate is an ambassadorial and educational role for the comic genre and aims to raise awareness of the impact comics can have in terms of increasing literacy and creativity. The appointment is made biennially to a distinguished comics creator, writer or artist in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the genre.

More information can be foudn here: https://www.comicartfestival.com/news/new-comics-laureate-announced

 

 

   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

Development and Discussion: Evaluating e-resources

 We've had a few enquiries about how you can evaluate the e-resources you subscribe to, so this month's Discussion and Development blog is from Polly at JCS. 

 

Evaluating subscription e-resources: top tips for librarians from JCS

At JCS we believe that evaluating e-resources properly is just as important as making decisions about which books to buy.

Some publishers may just want to offer a demo over the phone, but it is really important to review the resource for yourself and in your own time. And trials should be free and with no obligation to buy!

A good digital resource should be intuitive and easy to use, so evaluating it shouldn’t take you too long but make sure you have access for at least a week if not longer.

Ideally, you should be able to trial the whole resource and not a small subset.

The subscription cost is an important question to ask about at the same time as the trial. After all, it may prove to be a great resource but completely unaffordable.

After running our e-resources subscription service for almost 8 years we’ve learned a lot, so these are our top tips to help you get the most out of your trial.

What to look for in the resource:

When you evaluate an e-resource always keep in mind the reason you were attracted to it in the first place. What is it you need? What gap in your resource provision do you hope it will fill?

At the outset there are two important things to consider:

  1. the quality of the content, and the access options. (The more access options available the better!)

Some key points to check:

  • Plenty of content

  • The content is curriculum relevant

  • The content is regularly updated at no extra cost

  • The content is the appropriate level for the intended students

  • The presentation of content is clear and logical

  • The resource is easy to navigate

  • There are multiple access options

  • The resource can be used on handheld devices

Talk to your teachers and get their feedback

If the resource is subject specific or supports subjects across the curriculum you will want to involve the relevant teaching staff. All being well, you will be allowed to share the trial details with colleagues in which case you can get them involved in the evaluation.

Provide them with a summary of the resource and make sure to follow up and request feedback. An easy way of getting feedback is by giving them a short form to fill in. JCS can provide you with a ready-made one to share.

This feedback not only helps you make a decision about the resource, but also backs up your request if you need budget approval.

Sharing access with teaching staff and getting their feedback at the free trial stage is really important. If your teachers are fans of the resource from the beginning, then it is much easier to get the resource used in the classroom once you’ve subscribed.

Don’t forget to ask your students!

If your students like a resource then they will help get your teaching staff on board. And most importantly they are most likely to use the resource once you subscribe which at the end of the day is what you need, and for the investment to not be wasted!

So, make sure you share your free trial details with students too and get their feedback. Show them the resource when they’re in the library, and if they’re enthusiastic about it encourage them to tell their teachers how much they like it!

Talk to your fellow librarians

Who better to ask about a resource than a librarian who already subscribes! Why not give a fellow librarian a quick call or email and ask them about their resources? Contact fellow members of your regional SLA group or the SLA Office. And don’t forget about social media – tweet out questions or ask for recommendations on Twitter. Plus talk to other librarians at events, such as the JCS 2018 conference.

Promoting your new resource

Subscribing to a new resource mustn’t be the end of the story! You may know and love it but others need to get on board too. So, plan some promotion and make sure relevant teachers and Year groups know how to access it and how it can help their studies.

Check your usage statistics regularly — some resources such as JSTOR Secondary Schools Collection and Drama Online allow you to schedule monthly or yearly statistics. This way if usage is down over a month or two you know that the resource needs more promotion.

Some resources will also allow you to access more detailed reports showing the titles of the journals/content accessed, so you can see what content is being used and is most popular. If it is a multi-disciplinary resource you’ll know which departments to promote the resource to more.

And finally…

We hope these tips help you to evaluate subscription e-resources. At JCS we have made sure the publishers we represent offer free trials which can be shared with colleagues and used with students. You can also get a price quote at the same time as the trial via JCS and we will send information about the resource to share with teachers.

Check our brand-new website to see the full list of resources available to schools.

 

Polly Krabbé is the Marketing and Communications Manager at JCS Online Resources. JCS negotiates with publishers to provide schools worldwide, and UK public libraries and further education colleges with the best subscription rates for e-resources. JCS Online Resources also provides an online ordering service — My JCS— for e-resources.

 

 

   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting: ...

CLOSING DATE FAST APPROACHING!

Our course Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting, run by Marie (Maz) Udall, will be held at Newton Rigg Conference Centre, Newton Rigg College, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH on 6 November 2018.

This training will show school library staff how to create a culture that's conducive to good mental health, a well as looking at the challenges facing young people today and the solutions they can emply, in the space they inhabit in school, to help students struggling in these areas.  Issues covered will include anxiety, body image, exam stress, mental health and self-esteem. 

The closing date is 22 October 2018.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff

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   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting: ...

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting, run by Marie (Maz) Udall, will be held at Wallsend Customer First Centre, 16 The Forum, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear NE28 8JR on 21 November 2018.

This training will show school library staff how to create a culture that's conducive to good mental health, a well as looking at the challenges facing young people today and the solutions they can employ, in the space they inhabit in school, to help students struggling in these areas.  Issues covered will include anxiety, body image, exam stress, mental health and self-esteem. 

The closing date is 6 November 2018. Bookings received by 24 October 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience:

primary and secondary school staff

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   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

South Ken Kids Festival is back

 

The South Ken Kids Festival is back in town for its 21st edition from 19-25 November at the Institut Français in London. The week-long children’s literature festival offers a fun-packed programme for families and schools and features some of the greatest writers and illustrators from the UK, France and beyond. Quentin Blake (the festival’s patron), Axel Scheffler, and Charlotte Gastaut are just some of the names who will take part in the wide range of events including workshops, films, live drawing, and more!

More details: www.southkenkidsfestival.co.uk  

 

 

   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

Great School Libraries - Invitation to Tender

The School Library Data Group (SLDG), a sub-group of the Great School Libraries Campaign, has received a grant from the Foyle Foundation in order to undertake a major survey of UK school library provision. 

There is currently no authoritative independent data collected on school libraries meaning we are unable to accurately state the existing level of provision and address the issues facing the school library sector. The survey will give us this information and will be used as a benchmark to track changes and trends in provision. Alongside the survey, the SLDG will also be collecting case studies of projects and initiatives within school libraries that show qualitative evidence of their impact.

GSL Campaign ITT

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The Foyle Foundation is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities via its Main Grants Scheme (covering charities whose core work deals with Arts and Learning), the Foyle School Library Scheme and the Small Grants Scheme. 

 

 

   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!: ...

Our course Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at The Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH on 29 November 2018.

Run many times in the past and resulting in excellent feedback on each occasion, delegates on this course will gain an overview about all aspects of managing a primary school library. They will learn about the processes and practical aspects of running a library and consider the role of the library within their schools.

The closing date is 14 November 2018. Bookings received by 5 November 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (delegates from non-SLA member schools which subscribe to Staffordshire SLS), £150 to all others.  Additional discounts available for a 2nd place delegate from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual). 

Key Audience:

Primary school staff, governors and volunteers with responsibility for the school library

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   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting: ...

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE!

Our course Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting, run by Marie (Maz) Udall from the Self Esteem Team, will be held at EES for Schools/School Library Service, 11 Freebournes Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3UN on 27 November 2018.

This training will show school library staff how to create a culture that's conducive to good mental health, a well as looking at the challenges facing young people today and the solutions they can employ, in the space they inhabit in school, to help students struggling in these areas.  Issues covered will include anxiety, body image, exam stress, mental health and self-esteem. 

The closing date is 12 November 2018. Bookings received by 26 October 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (delegates from non-SLA member schools which subscribe to Essex School Library Service), £150 to all others.  Additional discounts available for a 2nd place delegate from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual).  Prices increase slightly after 26 October - please see SLA website for details.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff

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   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

London Branch: Branch Events

SLA members are invited to attend the Autumn meeting of the SLA London Branch starting at 2.30pm at Highgate School (N6 4AY) on 21st November.


Discussions will focus on the work of Book Trust with a representative from the Trust; BookBuzz and School Librarian Packs are mainly aimed at KS3 but the views of primary school librarians would be welcomed due to the huge overlap between the books read by KS2 and year 7 and 8 students. They will also be able to give a great insight into the reading habits of KS2 children.

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   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

Lancashire Branch event - Lucas Maxwell

Join Lucas Maxwell discussing: Sharing best practice; Promoting reading; Marketing the library; Book Blogging and lots more!

From bringing books to life in highly imaginative and engaging ways, to generous and bold outreach work with their respective communities, via substantial and meaningful support for staff as well as pupils, Lucas Maxwell makes a huge difference to the lives of all he works with, igniting a passion for reading. Lucas is evangelical about the role of technology in libraries. The library has a strong following on social media and he is especially proud that many of his followers are students. He organises virtual author and careers sessions through Twitter and Skype and he is interested in Makerspaces in libraries.

When: Wednesday 14th November 9.30am - 3.00pm Where: LSA Technology and Performing Arts College Worsley Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 4DG Map: https://www.lythamhigh.lancs.sch.uk/contact

Prices: Members £35 Non-members £40 ‘Bring A Friend’ £10

Please note, our ‘Bring A Friend’ promotion can only be used once. Therefore, for those who have taken advantage of this offer previously unfortunately, (we hope you understand) you will not be able to do so again. 

When: Wednesday 14thNovember 9.30am - 3.00pm Where: LSA Technology and Performing Arts College Worsley Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 4DG Map: https://www.lythamhigh.lancs.sch.uk/contact 

BOOKING Please confirm to: Mrs Emma Suffield Branch Secretary & Vice-Chair SLA Lancashire esuffield@saintwilfrids.com

For more information see the flyer:

Flyer for Lucas Maxwell 14 November 2018 SLA Lancs

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   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

Richmond Literature Festival

Richmond Literature Festival 1-28 November 2018- Events for Children

Enjoy a fantastic range of family activities at Richmond Literature Festival this November!

Join award-winning children’s poet Joseph Coelho for a fun-filled morning of interactive storytelling and live drawing, relax at a sensory yoga class inspired by Fearne Cotton’s Yoga Babies featuring illustrator Sheena Dempsey, and get hands-on with exciting experiments in a science workshop with Alom Shaha. We also have our first ever YA event: Suffragettes! The Girls that Changed our World- expect lively discussion, readings and live drawing celebrating a century since women first won the right to vote in the UK.

For the full list of events and tickets visit www.richmondliterature.com/children--young-people

 

 

   14/11/2018 - 07:17 PM

Yorkshire & Humberside Branch The School Library in a ...

The School Library in a Social Media World

As the use of all social media platforms continues to increase amongst children, in particular teens, it is important to look at ways to use the technology in the classroom and wider school community

This course will outline how we can use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to promote interaction and to advertise our facilities, as well as gain access to student opinions and comments on library service.  Best practice will be demonstrated and shared during the session.

Trainer: Denise Brooks + University Staff

Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 10.00am - 3.00pm

Venue: The Arts Tower, Western Bank, University of Sheffield, S10 2TN

Cost: £10 for refreshments

Contact: sla.yorksandhumber@gmail.com for further details