LRC Managers Business Meeting, 26th April 2017

School Library Resource Centre Managers Business Meeting

Greenfaulds High School 26/4/17

Present: Catrina Allan (Dalziel HS), Martin Boyle (OLHS, Cumbernauld), Lee-Anne Connor (Chryston HS), Anna Leslie (Taylor HS), Gemma Genks (Clyde Valley HS), Agnes Leckie (Coltness HS), Irene Lumsden (Calderhead HS), Lindsey Smith (Kilsyth Academy), Lesley Ann MacDonald (Caldervale HS), Jen Macfadyen (OLHS, Motherwell), Emma McManus (Greenfaulds HS, Host), Catriona Wright (St Ambrose HS)

Apologies: Anna Agnew (Airdrie Academy), Lorna Boyd (Belshill Academy), Mary Costello (Coatbridge HS), Mary Datali (St Andrews HS), Susan Kilbride (Cumbernauld Academy), Marie McGough (St Aidan’s HS), Sharon McMichael (St Maurice’s HS) Rhona Skea (Cardinal Newman HS)

  1. Emma welcomed the attendees to the Business Meeting hosted by Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Area Group. Gemma Genks was given a warm welcome to the group as the new LRCM at Clyde Valley.  Minutes of the previous meeting were approved.


  1. Author events/REImagination

There was discussion of the author events taking place at Cumbernauld library for schools during the REImagination run by the Edinburgh Book Festival.  Lindsey Smith agreed to be the point of contact for information dissemination relating to CultureNL and public libraries in the future as Alison was no longer there.  Emma reported that they were looking to change the time of the creative writing event so it fitted in with the school day.

There were discussions about the various author events that had taken place.  Keith Gray was at St Ambrose and Catriona reported back that he was an excellent speaker for S1.  Jen reported that Jill Arbuthnott was also a success at OLHS as was Bea Ferguson at Coltness for the S1 age group as reported by Agnes.

Lee-Anne reported that Chryston were planning to have a literacy festival next year and that Lari Don was visiting the next day (27/4)

There was a short discussion of Coatbridge High bringing in an author in residence and this led on to discussion of the new opportunities available with Scottish Book Trust to apply for something similar.


  1. Live Lit funding was discussed only briefly as the next closing date wasn’t until September.


  1. Attainment Fund Update

Catriona provided an update on the work she was doing on her Enhanced Transition project at St Ambrose.  Discussions with Terry Cowan, Literacy Development Officer with NL, revealed a desire to introduce Reading for Pleasure to the curriculum.  Catriona was looking for volunteers for a group to work on this and ensure school librarians have a real input as well as for ideas to put to Terry on how it could be achieved.  Lee-anne, Jen, Lesley Ann, Catriona and Irene were happy to put themselves forward for this.  It was suggested that Lorna Boyd (Bellshill) and Cathy Macintyre (Taylor HS) might also like to take part.

Email discussion would be ongoing before a meeting on Monday 8th May.  As Terry Cowan was looking to implement something for 2017/18 Catriona stressed it was important to move quickly on this matter.

This moved on to the Read Write Ink initiative as well as the usefulness  of terminology such as “reluctant readers”

Lee-Anne then provided an overview of the Attainment Fund project at Chryston and was pleased to relate how well it was going.


  1. P7 transitions

Lee-Anne was keen to hear from other LRCMs what kind of work they did on Primary transitions.  A short discussion followed on the various activities and ideas were shared with the group.


  1. Sharing good practise

A discussion took place on different ways to help some students read on the computer screens.  Irene mentioned CALL Scotland as a resource for help with disabilities that provide barriers to learning such as dyslexia.  Other tools discussed included Rocket Reader and Ginger.  Fonts were also discussed with Jen reporting that Barrington Stoke default fonts were available to use on computers.

Emma showed the group the work she had done for Harry Potter book night and how she had turned it into a week of activities working in collaboration with Science and Art.  The group agreed it sounded like a fantastic experience for the pupils and were impressed with Emma’s efforts.  Emma also discussed her lunchtime book club and how it has evolved while she has been at the school.


  1. AOCB

There was a short discussion of alternative arrangements for exams and whether libraries were involved in this.

There was a short discussion on current trends in teen books, Agnes was keen to hear what pupils were asking for.  It was also discussed how some of the books that pupils in S1/S2 were asking for were not actually appropriate for the age group.

There was a short discussion on overdues.

There was a short discussion on what do with videos – suggestions were to upload to Vimeo.  Audacity software was recommended for audio.

Lee-Anne and Irene reported on a plan to set up a SLG/SLA networking event in Glasgow on the 2nd June.  Response was positive.


  1. Date of next meeting

TBC by Motherwell/Wishaw group.  Likely dates around the end of September.

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LRC Manager Business Meeting, 1st February 2017

School Library Resource Centre Managers Business Meeting

St. Ambrose High School 1/2/17

Present: Anna Agnew (Airdrie Academy), Catrina Allan (Dalziel HS), Lorna Boyd (Bellshill Academy), Martin Boyle (OLHS, Cumbernauld), Lee-Anne Connor (Chryston HS), Mary Costello (Coatbridge HS), Mary Datilli (St Andrews HS), Agnes Leckie (Coltness HS), Irene Lumsden (Calderhead HS), Lindsey Smith (Kilsyth Academy), Lesley Ann MacDonald (Caldervale HS), Jen Macfadyen (OLHS, Motherwell), Sharon McMichael (St Maurice’s HS), Catriona Wright (host)

Apologies: Marie McGough (St Aidan’s HS), Emma McManus (Greenfaulds HS), Cathy McIntyre (Taylor HS)

  1. Catriona welcomed the attendees to the inaugural informal Business Meeting hosted by Airdrie and Coatbridge Area Group. A discussion followed regarding the format of future meetings.  The first item for discussion being the name of the meeting, it was agreed that the group would continue to call the meeting by its original title, Business Meeting.  As a follow up to the Business Meeting the Librarians will continue to have Area Group meetings within a few weeks, to discuss items in more detail.

Emma McManus, has agreed to host the next Business Meeting, in April or May, for the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Area Group.  Catriona will compile an electronic folder of minutes, agenda templates, etc. to help with planning next meeting.  This folder should be forwarded on to host of each Business Meeting.  The size of the folder may become an issue in future regarding available space on First Class.

The Business Meetings will follow the same date pattern as in the past and will be limited to 3 morning sessions per year.  Autumn – Sep/Oct, Winter – Jan/Feb, Spring – Apr/May.  Each Area should select a suitable date and then disseminate to the rest of the groups.

Information will be shared on the Three Ring Circus ( and will be password protected.  Jen Macfadyen will action this.

The future format of the meeting should include items of business, sharing good practice and expert workshops.  Speakers who are willing to address the meeting voluntarily should be identified.


  1. Information dissemination – now that there is no natural overall Library link for School Librarians within the council, it was decided that the group would share information dissemination in a number of areas:
  • CILIPS and SLG – Lee-Anne
  • AccessIt – Lorna
  • Scottish Booktrust and online book suppliers – Lesley Ann
  • CultureNL – Alison Walsh
  • SLA – Irene
  • Scotia – Agnes
  • Waterstones – Catrina A
  • SLIC – Jen


  1. Reader Development and Live Literature Funding – A discussion ensued regarding applying for LLF and how to fill in the application form.  Successful applications could be stored somewhere electronically as examples.  Lorna suggested that it might be an idea to mention the level of deprivation within the school catchment and that, possibly, pupils may not have any other opportunity to engage in these types of events.  Several Librarians discussed author events they had hosted recently with mixed reports from different schools and audiences.  Gill Arbuthnot is coming to OLHS, Motherwell and Keith Gray to St Ambrose in the near future.  Jen reported that Martin Stewart had been to OLHS and had been very good with S2/S3.  Mary reported that the Coatbridge HS Literary Festival had been a great success.

Agnes mentioned that if colleagues are looking to book authors independently rather than through the Book trust, they should ask their AFA to check the Corporate supplier list for payment details; these can then be lifted on to their own school list.


  1. MySelf payslips – there was a short discussion about payslips now only being available electronically. Lindsey agreed to forward an email contact to enable colleagues to request a duplicate email with their link to the site and individual password.


  1. Scottish Attainment Fund – Chryston and St Ambrose have both been awarded funding through this government scheme. Chryston’s project is based around the P7 transition programme, with S5 pupils being matched with 19 P7 pupils from feeder primary schools in a paired reading project making use of iPads purchased with the funding and ebooks resourced from RM.  Catriona has been involved in spending the budget allocated for resources as part of the Enhanced Transition project that St Ambrose is involved in.  A substantial proportion of this funding was earmarked for Reading for Pleasure.


  1. Professional news – Lee-Anne reported that the SLG committee are still focussed on redeveloping the blog and will now concentrate their efforts on an online presence. There is also a meeting planned with YLG and SLA to firm up remits.  Lee-Anne has also attended a CILIPS council meeting and reported that there had been a meeting with Deputy First Minister, MP John Swinney on the 26th  At the moment work is ongoing on improving “How good is your school?” for school libraries.

Autumn Gathering – will be in the same venue as last year in Glasgow and will be a week or so later @ 26th October 2017.  It will continue to follow the same format as previous years.

Jen reported that SLIC are in the process of re-designing the November indicators to reflect more qualitative than quantitative data.

  1. AOCB – AccessIt – Roadshow is planned for May but no date set yet. Cost will be £90 for full day training. It was suggested that at the time of the roadshow, Lorna (in her capacity as AccessIt liaison) should contact Graeme (NLC) and Ken (AccessIt) to arrange collaboration in getting the software upgraded to Version 9.

Developing the Young Workforce – a number of schools are now involved in this scheme and Jen provided the group with a link to more information.

Kid’s Lit Quiz 2017 – will be held on 31st October at OLHS, Cumbernauld


  1. Date of next meeting – tbc by Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Area.
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LRC Business Meeting 7th September 2016

We met at St Aidan’s High School for our first Business Meeting this year with a busy wee agenda catching up with the latest news and reviewing recent activities and events.  We were all agreed on the benefits of remaining current with the First Minister’s Reading Challenge for primary children, with several colleagues already signed up as interested parties. None of us were aware yet of any associated primaries who were involved.

We were all very impressed with the outline for Coatbridge High’s forthcoming Literacy Festival in October (which we’ll hopefully hear more about later) and discussed June’s Reading Boot Camp, SALS, Encounters, future CPD, recommended suppliers and our latest Library stories.

Future events included the Kids Lit Quiz 2016 (27th October) with Elizabeth Wein and Alex McCall as confirmed authors so far. New members are welcome to join the Calendar Group to help us plan out activities across the year.

And of course we all enjoyed exploring Marie’s beautiful Library.

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Sharing from sln.

The March Infotopia newsletter is available online at

(also available as a PDF).

Infotopia is a monthly newsletter by retired teacher / librarian team of Carole and Michael Bell and worth a look.

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Don’t crush reading motivation

Don’t Crush Reading Motivation by Barbara Wheatley, Education Week, October 6, 2015

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School libraries transform learning

sl_transformThis is an interesting magazine supplement from the American Library Association entitled School libraries transform learning available to read online or download as a PDF.

Covering topics such as advocacy, enthusiasm, reading, collaboration, campaigns, presentations, ICT and general library goodness, it’s worth a quick read.

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CILIPS Autumn Gathering

CILIPS Autumn Gathering will be held again in the John McIntyre Conference Centre on Thursday October 30th. Four North Lanarkshire LRC Managers participated last year and we all agreed it was a day well spent.

Bookings are now open, with a variety of prices for tickets, depending on whether you are a CILIPS member and whether you book before September 12th.

There will again be a school library advocacy strand included in the programme, along with talks on copyright, Wikipedia editing, social media, and what’s bound to be a highlight, a final keynote from Alan Bissett (who is one of the funniest speakers I’ve ever seen).

Full details are available on the CILIPS website.


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Impact of School Libraries on Learning

The full report, Impact of School Libraries on Learning, is now available for download from SLIC.

Click on the image to see the report.


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The Beating Heart of the School

beatingheartCILIP have reported the findings of the Libraries All-Party Parliamentary Group research on school libraries.

The Beating Heart of the School: improving educational attainment through school libraries and librarians makes four recommendations which will only be applicable in England. However, reference is made to the situation in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and most of the research is applicable to the Scottish situation too.

Click on the image to view the report.

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The Scottish Book Trust’s ‘Home’ Project, the Library and English

Back in March, I e-mailed our newest English teacher to see if they would be interested in taking part in a library writing activity. They were extremely positive and suggested their S2 class take part in such a project. Great! An opportunity to work with our S2s.

Pupils were asked to write a letter discussing the places, people, pets, buildings, community or fun activities important to them, reminding them of ‘Home’. The class were also asked to write approximately 500 words. One pupil stated he wanted to keep writing, while others saw this as a challenge. However, our pupils have never been afraid of expressing themselves. Pupils choose to share various memories from their Gran’s house, to their own home or their favourite summer holiday. The class were also given the chance to elect a member of staff to write to.

Miss Murphy stated,
‘I was really pleased by the response of my S2 class, as they were all genuinely pleased to be selected for this trial project with the library. It was wonderful to see all the personalities in class come forward.
My class all worked well together, were very hard working and showed a united front when completing this activity. This project gave my pupils the confidence to discuss and write about a subject that is important to them.’

Orginally, I thought about putting the class pieces on the library wall. However, this idea was not as popular as I would have liked because of the subject matter. At first I was really disappointed but not accepting defeat, I began thinking about possible ways to promote the work this class had undertaken without embarrassing them. It would be a waste not to display at least some of our pupils’ fabulous achievements!
For help with this, I spoke to their teacher. She kindly asked the class who would be willing for their work to be displayed in the library and how they felt about being entered into the Scottish Book Trust’s national literacy competition for the rest of Scotland and the world to see.
The response was encouraging with four pupils coming forward to have their letters displayed in the library. I was really pleased that this would not be a wasted opportunity and would give our pupils the recognition for their work they deserved. Like previous personal writing activities I have co-ordinated, it was really lovely to read about what a special community we have here at Taylor.

One of our pupils stated,
‘I thoroughly enjoyed this project as it gave me a chance to share my memories with different people. I also enjoyed the fact that I had to write five hundred words. I believe that this project was a great success and I would love to do it again.”

Many thanks to Miss Murphy who took part in this project and to the S2 pupils who kindly permitted their work to be displayed and submitted to the SBT’s ‘Home project.

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Creative Commons and Public Domain

New pages have been added to the Three Ring Circus.

Creative Commons and Public Domain lists guides to copyright and the various licences in use, along with links to sources of copyright free and creative commons media.

World War I is a list of useful links to all aspects of the First World War.

Both are works in progress, and further links would be welcome.

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UK ED is an online magazine with good material from educators across the UK. Articles cover resources, pedagogy and research.

Four issues have been published so far via Issuu, and they are all excellent.

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School Library Camp Scotland

School Library Camp Scotland will be held Saturday, 14 June 2014 at Strathclyde University’s Andersonian Library.

The day is free to attend, but please bring your own lunch.

If interested, see the School Library Camp – Scotland page for more information.


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A message from Nicola Morgan

I have a suggestion which I hope will be useful to you.

I often have offers, competitions, giveaways, and links to fascinating
research – things to benefit or interest schools, parents, readers,
professionals who work with young people or who are interested in the same
topics as me – notably the brain, stress, and the reading brain. But how
can you be sure to see the information, without the time-consuming task of
reading my blog?

So, I’m starting a newsletter. Less than once a month, it will bring items
of interest or benefit to you – offers, competitions and giveaways; links
to new research about the brain/ teenage brain/ stress/ reading/ literacy;
and exclusive offers – including, in each issue, a prize for a
randomly-selected subscriber. Schools or event organisers will see months
ahead where I’m booked to speak, and will have the chance to book an event
at reduced cost.

If you would like to sign up, the simple form is

You can unsubscribe any time but I hope you will find it so useful,
interesting and unintrusive that you won’t want to!

Please feel free to pass this to colleagues or friends.

With very best wishes for 2014,

*Nicola Morgan*
*Writes, speaks and blogs*

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School Librarians: a precious resource by Linda Strachan

Linda Strachan’s passionate defence of school librarians on the Awfully Big Blog Adventure.

Click here to read.

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How to teach… reading for pleasure (The Guardian)

Good collection of resources mentioned here for encouraging reluctant readers – worth a look. Resources cover babies to teenagers.

Guardian article, 16th December: How to teach… reading for pleasure

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Society of Authors report: benefits of author visits

The Society of Authors has completed  research on the benefit of author visits for literacy and reading for pleasure. The report also recognises the importance of school librarians in organising author visits.

See the results here.

From the Society of Authors:

Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive of the Society of Authors, has written to Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, presenting this evidence in order to encourage Ofsted to acknowledge the importance of school libraries and validate this by making it part of their inspections process.

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SLIC – School Library research

From the SLIC website

SLIC has commissioned Robert Gordon University (RGU) to undertake research into the impact of school libraries, which was launched at the Scottish Learning Festival 2013. Download the flyer (PDF) showing a summary of findings. Full details of this project, including the RGU final report, will be available here soon. If you would like notification of publication, please contact

Impact of School Libraries. Used with permission SLIC

Impact of School Libraries. Used with permission SLIC. Click for larger size.

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Acquired Brain Injury

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) affects 1 in 30 young people, and can be caused by trauma, poison or stroke.

The clips below are are from an excellent film called As easy as ABI, made by a group of young people to share information about their disability and how they cope (or don’t) at school.

This is a very moving film (get the hankies ready), but it’s worth watching for the valuable insights into a hidden disability.

For more information, contact the Child Brain Injury Trust.

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Ted Talks: How books can open your mind

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