CILIPSLG held one of its very successful Regional Training Days at Eltham College in South East London on October 24th. The day was heavily over-subscribed, and there are plans to rerun the day next March for all those who were disappointed this time. Like all of the training days, there was an eclectic mix of subjects, and everyone found something to interest them in the day.
The first speaker was Caroline Roche, who also hosted us in her Library at Eltham College. Caroline also runs Heart of the School website. She talked about using technology to help the learners in your school, and EPQ students in particular. She showcased Diigo, MySimpleShow and Animoto, and gave out practical How To worksheets after her talk.
Next came Matt Imrie from Farrington’s School. Matt runs the very successful Teen Librarian newsletter and website. Matt talked to us about Freenocomics – how to get stuff for your library for free, and how to encourage your students to blog about books.
Last speaker before lunch was Maggie Thomas from Bacon’s College. Maggie told us about a radical refurbishment of her library which involved her in strategic thinking and planning, including a review of how she should be line managed. She had amazing support from her Line Manager throughout the successful process.
During lunch there was a great opportunity to network, and also to play the newly published Murder in the Library from BoxClever Education. Alex Gillespie, an English teacher who devised the game, set it out in Eltham College Library, and we were all encouraged to find out who had murdered the Library Assistant! This was an excellent game involving deductive thinking and reasoning skills. There are many levels to the game, and is suitable for all abilities. Everyone enjoyed it and quite a few people bought copies for their libraries.
In the afternoon Rowena Seabrook from Amnesty International spoke to us about Human Rights issues in Teen Fiction. Her talk was thought provoking, both in how to promote and how to protect human rights of the students in the school. There was a lot of productive discussion around LGBTQ rights and fiction, and also representation of teenagers of all races and colours in your library stock. We all had a lot to think about after her talk.
CILIPSLG tweeted throughout the day, and a Storify of the tweets can be found here.
CILIPSLG Regional events are held throughout the year in different parts of the country. If you are interested in attending one of our low cost events then keep an eye on this page. If you are interested in hosting a meeting in your school, please contact SLG through their pages on the CILIP website.