Category Archives: School Libraries

Parental Leave, Amanda Ball

Earlier this month MP Stella Creasy came out and highlighted the ridiculous lack of maternity cover for her public serving job. She has stated she has had to beg the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority for extra money to get in … Continue reading

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Lewisham Book Awards Event, Elizabeth Bentley

 This year I was delighted to be invited to act as one of the judges at this event. While there are many local book awards around the country, the Lewisham event is perhaps rather different.  The shortlist for the Lewisham … Continue reading

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#GreatSchoolLibraries at the Festival of Education, Nick Poole

I was delighted to speak at the 10th annual Festival of Education at Wellington College on behalf of the CILIP School Libraries Group and School Library Association’s #GreatSchoolLibraries campaign.  If you’ve never been to #EducationFest before (it was my first time) I don’t … Continue reading

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A Cross-Curricular Book and Board Games Creativity Day at City of London School, David Rose.

The City of London School’s Library and English Department have participated in the Trinity Schools Book Awards since its inception in 2014. The Trinity Group is made up of roughly twenty Independent School Librarians in South East England. The Book … Continue reading

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My Journey to Fellowship, Elizabeth Hutchinson

I was really honoured to be awarded my Fellowship this year after registering last August. When a colleague asked me how I had managed to do it so quickly I realised that she had misunderstood the process. I had taken … Continue reading

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Announcing the launch of the FOSIL Group!

! We are delighted to announce the launch of the FOSIL Group – a community specifically focused on developing learning through inquiry. “We believe that children learn best by finding out for themselves,” says Darryl Toerien, Head of Library at Oakham School.  “Enabling … Continue reading

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Navigating the PKSB – Chartership information

For the past 18 months some of the Committee have been working away at a document which we feel will make the lives of everyone who is Chartering a lot easier.  Thanks to my fellow Mentors Sarah Pavey, Barbara Band … Continue reading

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Imaginative Library Displays – Lucy Chambers, MInfSci, MCLIP, Primary School Library Consultant; CILIP SLG National Committee co-Vice Chair

One of my most enjoyable tasks when I ran school libraries was creating displays. In one of the first primary school libraries I ran the library had an inhospitable layout: it was open plan with a full-width glass wall.  Anything … Continue reading

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Learning to predict the future by inventing it – TeenTech Awards

The surest way to predict the future is to invent it, a maxim attributed to Alan Kay while at Xerox PARC, who did as much as any to invent the future of computing. So how does one go about inventing … Continue reading

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School libraries aren’t statutory, and in the UK no one knows how many there are, or if they are staffed or funded. The Great School Libraries campaign is a three-year campaign which aims to change this – collecting data about school … Continue reading

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