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Creating a School Library with Impact


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The role of the library and librarian within the school 2. The library environment 3. Behaviour: creating a calm working environment 4. Creating a reading rich environment 5. Information and digital literacy 6. Using technology to enhance the library experience 7. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the school library 8. Advocacy, marketing and evaluating your library 9. The primary school library 10. Moving on: CPD and qualifications Appendix 1 Glossary Appendix 2 National book initiatives Appendix 3 National book awards Appendix 4 Links to information literacy models Appendix 5 Links to digital literacy models Appendix 6 Links to evaluation of information models Appendix 7 Organisations supporting primary schools and primary school librarians. Appendix 8 Literacy organisations for primary and secondary schools. Appendix 9 Selected sources of information about children's books. Appendix 10 Approximate comparison of education phases in the devolved nations

About the Author

Caroline Roche has been a school librarian for over 25 years, working in both the state and independent sectors. She is currently the Chair of CILIP’s School Libraries Group, and is co-Chair of the Great School Libraries Campaign. This book was born out of a passion of Caroline’s to ensure that every school has a trained librarian in place, in addition to having a great school library.

Barbara Band is a Chartered librarian with over thirty five years’ experience working in school libraries; in a previous life she worked in project management. She now offers a consultancy service with advice, support and training on all aspects of school librarianship. Barbara is currently treasurer of CILIP’s School Library Group, Vice Chair of the Great School Libraries Campaign and in her free time can be found advocating for school libraries, reading or painting.

Nick Cavender has been a school librarian for fifteen years, having previously spent over a decade in the public library sector. Currently he is the librarian and extended projects coordinator at Rickmansworth School in Hertfordshire where he is a keen advocate of digital literacy skills. Nick is treasurer of Herts SLA and sits on the CILIP SLG committee as Vice Chair.

After many years as a primary school librarian and a former member of CILIP’s School Libraries Group committee, Lucy Chambers now concentrates on children's books promotion and reviewing, writing about primary school librarianship, coordinating children’s events and the children’s poetry competition for the Chiswick Book Festival, and advising on setting up, resourcing and managing primary school libraries.

Annie Everall OBE is Director of Authors Aloud UK, an agency organising author tours and visits to schools. A qualified librarian of over 40 years, she worked for Birmingham and Derbyshire Libraries where she developed a range of award-winning library services and initiatives. She is the Conference and Training Manager for the CILIP School Libraries Group, and the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL).

Ellen Krajewski worked in school and college libraries for eighteen years before taking the opportunity to retire early in July 2019. She has been a judge for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals and was Chair of Judges for the 2021 Medals. Ellen has been an active member of CILIP’s School Libraries Group and Youth Libraries Group for some years. She served three years on the School Library Association Board and five years as Secretary to CILIP’s School Libraries Group. She is currently Chair of YLG Eastern and Herts SLA.

Sarah Pavey has worked as a school librarian for over 20 years and now has her own education training and consultancy business SP4IL. With a degrees in biochemistry and information science she is an established author and regular speaker at conferences for both school libraries and on wider education issues. She holds fellowship of CILIP and the Royal Society of Arts. She is a committee member of SLG and ILG within CILIP. Her training courses, both home and abroad, on a range of topics are practical and acclaimed for being rooted in theory.


"Written by seven librarians with a combined 169 years of professional experience, this book provides insight into building a school library program from the ground up ... Intended for professionals working in libraries without a degree or certification, though also relevant for students pursuing library degrees, the book provides detailed advice, case studies, succinct action points for practitioners, and resources for further reading."
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