Are you going to be at the CILIP Conference in Manchester on 5-6th July? There is still time to bag yourself a place! CILIPSLG are going to have a stand there, and we will be available to answer any questions you have about school libraries. Two experienced school librarian Committee members will be running the stand, Rosalind Buckland who works in a secondary school, and Lucy Chambers who is a primary school librarian – so we should be able to help whichever sector you work in. In addition, I will be around from halfway through the first day if you have any burning questions to ask. We shall have some of our Reading Packs to sell, including our latest Rainbow Reads and Being Me packs, both of which are proving to be very popular.
The CILIP Conference – as opposed to school librarian conferences – offers many opportunities to network with other members of the wider profession, which is especially valuable if you are in the process of Chartering. Chartership requires that you have a commitment to the wider profession outside of school libraries, and this is a good chance to be inspired by some of the talks and to put them into practice in a school library context.
Looking at the programme for this year, I have picked out some workshops and seminars that I feel would be of especial interest to school librarians – ones which I intend to go to myself.
Wednesday 5th July, morning: Creative Hub workshop – Beyond the Summer Reading Challenge: using young volunteers to shape your year-round teenage offer.
Wednesday 5th July, afternoon: Copyright workshop (always very interesting for school librarians) or Creative Hub: using the arts in libraries to benefit health and wellbeing. I shall be hard pressed to choose between these two workshops!
Thursday 6th July, morning: Impact and Evaluation Workshop Always a hot topic in schools, our own Impact Evaluation course in May was packed out. Or Your Career Workshop which is a must if you are chartering.
Thursday 6th July, afternoon: Literacy and Learning seminar (which I shall be chairing), or Creative Hub: Digital Play: ways to enhance the library experience which is also fascinating.
Of course there are also the Keynote Speakers, Dr Carla Hayden from the Library of Congress, Professor Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford (great for the ethical strand of your PKSB). I know that I, along with many others, was profoundly impacted by the keynote speaker last year, Scott Bonner of Ferguson Library, who talked about the ethical dilemma of being open for everyone in the middle of the terrible race riots that raged around Ferguson. I know that one of my mentees made a change in the way his library served his students in the light of what Scott Bonner had to say.
I hope that I have whetted your appetite – it’s not too late to book! And if you really can’t make it this year, then please follow these tweets and hashtags to get as much as you can from other people’s experience.
SLG tweets as @CILIPSLG and our Bursary winner Caitlin McCulloch is @scaredycait
CILIP tweets as @CILIPinfo and the hashtag this year is #CILIPConf17
If you are there, please come and say hello! If you follow on Twitter, please retweet us.
Caroline Roche, Chair CILIPSLG