Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

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If there is one thing I have learnt over the years, it's that things change. This is certainly true in the School Library World--our roles have expanded enormously, there has been an incredible growth in technology and we now have another education minister who, no doubt, will bring in new policies. Change also happens on a smaller scale within individual organisations. The end of 2017 saw the retirement of Geoff Dubber, a long-standing member of the SLA team. The words of his peers and colleagues say more than I ever could about his unstinting support and he will be sorely missed. More changes are to come as Tricia Adams retires as Director and Alison Tarrant takes over the role, this will be covered in the Summer issue.

Change within schools is inevitable. The sector we work in does not stand still. Schools bring in new initiatives, their priorities change, each year we have a fresh input of students with differing needs, staff leave forcing us to forge new relationships with their successors and popular authors are overtaken by others rendering many of our connected activities purposeless. Sometimes it feels that we have to run just to maintain the status quo, let alone move forward. And yet school librarians are meeting these challenges head-on, being pro-active, introducing innovative projects, collaborating with staff and others to inspire new generations of readers; seeing change as an opportunity rather than a threat.

This is evidenced by the work that is illustrated within the articles written for The School Librarian. …

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