Posts Tagged With: Alan Gibbons

The Crisis of our Libraries: A Talk by Alan Gibbons

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Guardian: Scores of authors lobby government to act on school libraries

Report in Guardian regarding the letter to Government. This report’s findings apply to England, but all advocacy is good advocacy 🙂

Text published with permission of Alan Gibbons:

The report of the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group, entitled The Beating Heart of the School, last week concluded that “it is vital that all schools have a good library to ensure children develop essential literacy and digital literacy skills in order to fulfill their potential.”

Responding, Schools Minister David Laws said: “Reading for pleasure and study has a well-documented positive impact on children’s educational attainment across the curriculum.”

We, authors and illustrators, teachers, librarians, parents and others, are keen that this recommendation does not just become another piece of wishful thinking and call on the Department of Education to act immediately on the report’s conclusions to gather data on library provision and instruct Ofsted to include libraries in its remit. This is urgent. Schools lost 280 librarians last year. At the very least the Department should convene a working group including librarians’, authors’, head teachers’ and teachers’ representatives to draw up an action plan to realise the aim of a good library in every school.

Alan Gibbons

Campaign for the Book

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School libraries: open letter

Alan Gibbons is launching an authors’ letter calling on the Department of Education to act urgently on the recommendations of the All Parliamentary Group on School Libraries.

Anyone interested in the promotion of libraries or education can sign, including librarians, teachers, artists, software engineers, lollipop personnel, parents, and absolutely anyone else!

The letter will be published in The Guardian on Thursday 17th July, and the greater the number of signatories the better.

If you would like to read the letter with a view to signing, email Alan at mygibbo @ (removing the spaces) or check out his Facebook page.

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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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