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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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Books for Keeps 200th edition

The 200th edition of Books for Keeps is now available online.

Check it out along with their archive on their website.

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Why being a librarian is a radical choice – Naomi Klein

This speech was given to the American Library Association in 2003 by activist, Naomi Klein.

Food for thought here.


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Proven benefits of a full-time, qualified Librarian

New PA Study Shows Full-time School Librarian Boosts Student Achievement

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Information Literacy in the Wild

Information Literacy in the Wild is a collection of essays completed by students at the University of Michigan focusing on Information Literacy as it works (or doesn’t)  in all sorts of libraries.

From the editor, Kristin Fontichiaro

So much of library literature is written as if there’s never a problem — everything goes off without a hitch. Ooh, doesn’t that make us jealous? But what I love about the deft hand of these writers is that they lift the veil and show you when the boat rocked and then what they did to right it…

… So if you want to know what happened when a bird unit flew into a Physics classroom, what Lady Gaga has to do with synthesis, what it means to use a chainsaw to cut cake, what a Tyrannosaurus rex has to do with information literacy, or what database-a-phobia is, we hope you’ll download our book.

The book is free and can be downloaded for e-readers or as a pdf.

And while you’re on the Smashwords site, you could also download another free collection of essays edited by Kristin Fontichiaro, School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come

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Books for Keeps No 196

The latest edition of Books for Keeps (No 196, September 2012) is now available online.

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Start the Story

Start the Story is a new bi-monthly digital magazine devoted to children’s literacy. The first issue will be launched in a couple of days, but there is also a preview edition available.

Some of the content is free and some requires payment – you can select whichever you prefer.

Go to Start the Story for more information.

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