Aug 27 2009
School Libraries news
There certainly seems to be a lot of news / activities regarding school libraries.
Back in June there were a couple of articles in CILIP’s Library + Information gazette with the front page showing Into battle for school libraries and School librarians: a role that deserves shouting about on page 4 & 19.
At this years Umbrela Conference CILIP Council were also talking about school libraries as Isabel Hood’s Council Briefing Notes posted on LIS-LINK @JISCMAIL.AC.UK highlights:
- CILIP Policy Forum is shortly to have an electronic debate, initiated by the School Libraries Group, re the Campaign for the Book initiative and the online petition to campaign for statutory school libraries for England & Wales.
I heard about this from several different quarters and have signed the campaign.
- At Westminster there’s a new Bill which includes the creation of a new national negotiating body for school support staff, CILIP is working with other bodies to develop role profiles for school library / LRC managers that could be used within this context.
Hadn’t heard about this but would have thought that there was an existing role profile for school library / LRC managers but maybe not or it may be that the current profile needs updated to emphasise the important role they play in learning and teaching and the curriculum.
- Latest Scottish developments re school libraries SLIC/CILIPS is bringing out self evaluation tools in the Autumn through HMIE to support school libraries there.
Don’t see anything on the SLIC / CILIPS website apart from the existing forms / guidance such as How Good is our School which was produced a few years ago now (in fact it was 1999 according to the website). Good to keep these things up to date and also to keep contacts / work with HMIE. HMIE are strong supporters of school libraries and the work they do.
June’s edition of Information Scotland contained an article by Elspeth Scott speaking about Glow, the Scottish Schools Digital Network – the first national education network of its kind. I have blogged about GLOW before but Elspeth a Dundee school librarian has been heavily involved in GLOW and the article A glowing report is worth a read whether you are familiar with the network or not. Regardless of the sector you work in.