Social Media

Safer Internet Day 2016

A collection of tweets and links for Safer Internet Day 2016.

As School Librarians, we spend a large proportion of our working lives showing young people how to discover, access and safely make use of information in all formats, so online safety is an integral part of our role. NLC schools might be on holiday, but ideally, our advice and influence continues to keep pupils safe online whether they’re in school or at home.

SQA supports Safer Internet Day 2016 – Courses available for young people in schools

UK Safer Internet Centre coordinate Safer Internet Day in the UK

UK Safer Internet Center – Education Packs contain plenty material including a collection of useful videos, including those below (which are ironically restricted via YouTube but available through Vimeo).

Play your part

Tamanna’s Story

Jessica’s Wish

Online quiz from the Open University: Are you a safe sharer?
Not sure I agree with all of their analyses. Watch before sharing onwards as this is aimed at adults.

Advice on passwords from Get Safe Online

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Nicola Morgan – The science of reading

The Science of Reading – in 5 minutes

Post on Nicola Morgan’s Heartsong Blog.

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Libraries in the Internet Age

Useful video from Common Craft outlining the continuing value of Libraries in the Information or ‘Internet’ Age.

Common Craft have plenty of other videos explaining social media, internet safety, technology and using information.

I recommend the videos about wikipedia and zombies.

If you want to make your own videos using the Common Craft cut-outs, you can also join for a fee.


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Today in a Scottish School Library

tiassl2Today in a Scottish School Library (TIASSL for short) is a Twitter account that collates information from School Libraries and School Librarians across Scotland.

TIASSL helps all of us to share news and good practice across authorities and builds a  collection of material that we can use to advocate for School Libraries in Scotland. Since being set up in November, there are over 100 followers and over 1100 tweets.

TIASSL can be read at or click on Tweet Tunnel and type in TIASSL. You do not need a Twitter account to view it.

Material includes class reports, discussions, meetings, special events, news, discoveries, author visits, cataloguing, projects, recommendations, photographs and images, competitions, funding information, collaborations with other staff, advocacy, showing off, daft stuff, interdisciplinary learning, school trips, extra-curricular activities and perhaps most importantly, the normal day-to-day, period by period, management of the School Library.

You can submit to TIASSL in two ways:

1. if you have a Twitter account, just add @TIASSL to your tweets

2. if you do not have a Twitter account, you can email tiasslnews @ (removing the spaces from the address). Contributions should be 140 characters and include your school/library name.

TIASSL also seeks out Twitter accounts of school libraries from across Scotland and retweets their existing posts. As a result, there are contributions from School Librarians in North Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Falkirk, Aberdeenshire, Stirlingshire, North Ayrshire, Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, Angus, Perth and Kinross, West, Mid and East Lothian and Shetland (with an honourable mention for a former School Librarian, now English teacher, in South Lanarkshire :-))

Many thanks to everyone that already follows and contributes to sharing the amazing work of School Librarians across Scotland.

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Sloganizer is a simple tool that provides snappy phrases for any keywords you add.

For example, the phrase,

the school library

came up with (amongst others)

the school library, you’ll love it!

Endless possibilities with the school library

The school library strikes back.

Where the hell is the school library?

Oh la la, the school library!

They’re not necessarily original, but it’s fun. The Librarydoor blog explains some ways it’s been used in education.

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Explaining what school librarians actually do, rather than what people think we do, can be frustrating. Here’s a couple of outstanding visual examples demonstrating the benefits of a school librarian.

From Joyce Valenza’s Neverending Search blog.

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In their own words: what bothers children online?

EU Kids Online is a network that researches young people’s use and experiences of the internet across Europe.

Their latest report is In their own words: what bothers children online? which questioned thousands of children about their online concerns, with interesting comments about YouTube, social networking and games sites.

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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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Speak up for libraries

In case you haven’t seen it via Facebook or Twitter, here is a link to author and campaigner Alan Gibbons’ speech at the Speak up for libraries conference from his own blog.

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A trained librarian …

A friend from Milwaukee sent this to me on Facebook yesterday. I later spotted it on the the Mass Lobby for School Libraries FB page.

It transpired that its creator, Sarah McIntyre, had just finished it at 4.30ish. It crossed the Atlantic twice and reached Lanarkshire about teatime. It’s wonderful 🙂

A trained librarian by Sarah McIntyre. Posted with permission of the artist.

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CILIPS Shout about School Libraries

Interesting article at CILIPS President’s Blog. Definitely worth a read.

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