Category Archives: School Libraries

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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Three quick tools for research

I recently gave a ‘whistle stop’ training session to all of the year 12 pupils at our school, and this was followed by in-depth sessions to some of our HPQ and EPQ pupils at the end of last term. It … Continue reading

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Older Teens Library Engagement

You may recall last Autumn a survey was disseminated, which many of you completed, about engaging older pupils in your Library. I was pleased to have such a high volume of respondents – 39 – during the October and November … Continue reading

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The dangers of reading Fiction

Blog post by Angela Platt, Librarian, Ibstock Place School The term ‘reading for pleasure’ most widely refers to voluntary reading conducted independently.  According to the National Literacy Trust, it is summed as “reading that we do of our own free … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Implementing Change

During my spare time in my school library, I was recently perusing various blogs, pinterest, twitter, etc – looking for any new ideas, best practice and developments in the field which I should know about. One such blog that piqued … Continue reading

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Health Information Week – join in!

Many organisations across different sectors are collaborating for Health Information Week (HIW) (3-9thJuly 2017). This campaign aims to improve accessibility of high quality health information for the public as well as building on local partnerships between information providers and improving … Continue reading

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