Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

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By the time this issue lands on your doormat (or your desk if it's delivered to school) it will be the last stretch of the school year before the summer holidays. I know some of you work full-time--and who doesn't have a list of catch-up tasks they take home with them--but even if you're still in school, there's something about the students (and most of the staff) being absent that changes the atmosphere. Working with the students is one of my favourite parts of the job but I definitely appreciate the days when they aren't there--something to do with knowing you'll be able to start a job and finish it without interruptions.

It's also less than a month to the SLA conference in Glasgow and I hope to meet many of you there. Be warned, I will be eavesdropping to see if I can pick up ideas for future articles. I love reading about library projects and collaborations; these relationships are so important. They help us promote what we do and enable me to advocate for school librarians using real-life examples to back up my arguments. I would love to hear from any of you working with other departments or organisations--please don't think 'people won't be interested in what I do'--they will! If you're not sure then just drop me an email to discuss things informally, no commitment.

I was asked to give a keynote at CILIP LILAC (Librarian's Information Literacy Annual Conference), and spoke about the barriers we face in getting teaching staff and management on board in recognising the benefits of an information literacy skills programme. This is true for both school and academic librarians, and is another area of our work that is too often not recognised and thus undervalued, yet these skills are so important in todays' information-rich society. …

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