Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

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It hardly seems as though the dust has settled from the beginning of a new school year when we are looking at Christmas and juggling our commitments around the myriad of activities that occur in the run-up to the festive season. New students have become well-known faces in the library and the to-do lists aren't getting any shorter.

One of the strengths of the School Library Association is that it has a wide membership from across all areas of the sector, supporting everyone working in and with school libraries; from those employed part-time in primary schools to fulltime professional librarians in large secondary schools as well as associated bodies such as School Library Services. The School Librarian, therefore, tries to publish a range of features that encompasses this variety and this month we have articles from junior school and secondary school libraries as well as details about a national School Library Service Award.

The latter is particularly exciting as it is another opportunity for librarians to raise their profile within the school, and for schools to showcase their libraries to the outside world. By now you will all have had your 'Open Evenings' and I hope the library was an important feature of these.

If you follow news and developments about school libraries, you will know that there is a very mixed picture around the issue. Many schools are making their librarians redundant and closing the library whilst others are investing in them have a look at the Inspiration and School Librarian of the Year Awards for some excellent examples--and you have to wonder why some Heads consider investment in the library to be so vital and essential whilst others don't recognise what they are losing. …

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