19. Where else can I get help?
- The School Library Association provides advice, training, conferences, and local branch support. It has an extensive publications list:
- Riveting Reads is a series of themed booklists such as those for 8-12s and 12-16s
- Guidelines is a series of practical guides such as
Fully Booked: Reader Development and the Secondary School LRC
Brilliant Books: Running a Successful School Library Book Event
amongst a whole range of other titles.
- The National Literacy Trust has several important initiatives to help boys’ reading:
- Reading Champions celebrates the motivational power of reading role models, especially male; champions can be boys or girls, teachers, librarians, parents or others, and there’s a series of certificates and awards. There’s a reading champions toolkit, and some ‘Reading Champions Dads’ ideas.
- Reading the Game works with football clubs to promote reading, with lots of football-themed ideas.
- Reading Connects supports schools in building a whole-school reading culture; it has an extensive website, with case studies, downloadable resources, research, and practical ideas.
- NASEN has information of interest to special needs teaching, and in association with Risings Stars publishers, produces series such as the ‘Downloads’, for struggling readers.
- The School Libraries Group SLG is part of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, or CILIP. It supports CILIP members in school libraries, through conferences, regional training courses, publications, and a journal, School Libraries in View.
- CILIP’s Education Libraries Group ELG, which includes schools and colleges, may also be of interest; it takes a wider view of the whole education process.
- CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group YLG supports CILIP members working in public library children’s services, and school library services. Both its regional meetings and its conferences will have topics to interest librarians in schools.
- Local Library Services (both public libraries and schools library services, where available) can either be traced through local authority websites and telephone directories, or approached directly through your nearest branch library. See the SLA’s list of UK Schools Library Service websites.
- Other colleagues, through school library service-based support groups, the School Library Association’s network of national and regional branches, or CILIP’s SLG and YLG branches.