Editorial

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Editorial


Hird, Steve, School Librarian


Without doubt we are living in very difficult times, and there will be those among the readership of this journal whose own job security is very precarious right now. The School Librarian always aims to present a range of relevant feature articles, as well as a more comprehensive book review section than any other comparable journal, and a regular overview of new websites and other ICT resources, in order to support school librarians in their work. With this in mind, several of the articles featured in this edition are particularly pertinent as financial restrictions begin to bite, and hopefully they may be of some assistance to librarians in re-stating the case for well resourced and well staffed libraries in our schools.

We start with a short resume of the keynote speeches made at the recent Weekend Course, held at Nottingham University in June, on the theme 'The Magic Threshold: Step into New Worlds. Please visit the SLA website where a number of the presentations made may be found in full. Delegates delighted in the wise words of Anthony Browne, Stephen Heppell, Henry Winkler, Kevin Sutherland and SLA President Miranda McKearney, as well as joining a selection of workshops and seminars, which are always the main practical purpose of the course.

Michelle Austin and Biddy Casselden have undertaken a survey into the reading habits, and attitudes to reading, of Year 2 children at an infant school in the North East of England. …

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