Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

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The theme of the annual weekend course--'Reaching out: New Ways to Engage' --is picked up very well by a number of the articles we bring to you in this edition of our journal. Limits on capacity and other constraints mean that the weekend course is attended by a minority of SLA members, so it is always a pleasure to report back to the wider SLA community, and this year it is my turn to do so. As has become the norm in recent years, all the major speeches and many of the workshops and seminars are available to view on the SLA website--in the meantime I hope I have been able to recreate the thrust and the flavour of a constructive and inspirational weekend in Belfast, and that you enjoy reading all about it.

'New Ways to Engage' is reflected in the article on blogging by David Mitchell, a Lancashire primary school headteacher and consultant on the uses and benefits of blogging in primary school libraries and classrooms. A passionate exponent of the form, he brings the knowledge and experience of an expert, and many useful practical tips, to this important article.

Alex Strick, a consultant at Booktrust among many other roles, is another who is demonstrably passionate about her work, as evidenced by her powerful article about diversity and inclusion in children's literature. She packs a lot of truth and wisdom into a small space, and the read is memorable and salutary.

A Year 7 research project at a school in Southwark is admirably described for us by Eleanor Parker, who saw the need to increase the information literacy skills levels of students using her library. …

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