Author Archives: Bev Humphrey

Are books for young people a literature in their own right? by Elizabeth Bentley

Last autumn I was privileged to watch an online interview with Aidan Chambers, on his new book. This is not another of his distinguished novels, but a more academic discussion of what he calls youth fiction: The Age Between: personal reflections … Continue reading

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Advocacy – Proving Your Worth

There are times – and this is one of those times – when you need to get you hands on some research to prove that the school library is absolutely essential. CILIPSLG and the National Literacy Trust have been working … Continue reading

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Back to school – implications for school librarians, by Sarah Pavey

Sarah Pavey, who sits on the SLG Committee, has written this blog post on her take on the current situation school librarians find themselves in.  The views Sarah expresses are important ones, but do not necessarily reflect the views of … Continue reading

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All Change for the SLG National Committee!, Caroline Roche, SLG Chair

January is usually the time for new members to join the National Committee, as terms of office run for a calendar year, but this January has proved busier than usual!  Four of our wonderful Committee Members whose terms were up left … Continue reading

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CILIP Conference 2020 – Reimagined, by Charlotte Cole

Whilst looking through the CILIP website in September, I noticed that I had a message from SLG about the conference that was to be held in November. SLG were offering one member the opportunity of a bursary to attend this … Continue reading

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A theory of the role of the library in the student’s intellectual experience , by Darryl Toerien

I write this as I approach the end of my second spell on the National Committee of SLG. My first started shortly after I became a school librarian, by chance rather than design (or at least through no design of … Continue reading

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One World Week Picture Book Suggestions, Bev Humphrey

This week (18th – 25th October) is One World Week with United Nations day on the 24th. To quote the website ‘Events are organised by volunteers with the common purpose: To share understanding about some of the global issues that affect us … Continue reading

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How do the IFLA Guidelines apply to us?, by Darryl Toerien

If history is, as Jacques Ellul (1989) claims, the consequence of ideas, then the idea of the school library as vital to education, and by extension to schools, has lost its power to produce a history of school libraries in … Continue reading

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SLSA Reciprocal Endorsement , Darryl Toerien

A year ago – led by Oakham School and with the endorsement of the CILIP School Libraries Group (CILIP SLG), the CILIP Information Literacy Group (CILIP ILG) and the School Library Association (SLA) – the FOSIL Group was formed to coincide with a paper presented at LILAC 2019. The purpose of the FOSIL Group … Continue reading

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Resource Sharing During Lockdown, by Elizabeth Bentley

What is the role of a school librarian? Is it to issue books and run a library? Or is it tosupport student learning whatever the circumstances?With the announcement on March 18 th of the schools’ closure, members of the profession … Continue reading

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