Shout About School Libraries and Schools Library Services


Here is a campaign for School Libraries in UK. We can learn a lot from this.

From October 2011 to late 2012 CILIP is running a joint campaign with the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL), and the School Library Association (SLA). We want everyone to start SHOUTING ABOUT School Libraries and Schools Library Services.

What is it?
We believe there’s never been a more important time to SHOUT ABOUT the importance of libraries and librarians, particularly in schools and the Schools Library Services (SLS) in local authorities around the country.

While recent media focus has been on the closure of public libraries, ASCEL, CILIP and the SLA are asking people to lend their voices to a major new campaign to lead the fight to ensure children and young people across the country have access to proper library resources whether on-site, as part of a cluster of schools or through local authorities’ school library services.

School librarians and Schools Library Services expertise are essential in helping children navigate the digital world and improve information literacy skills. What use is a classroom of PC’s connected to the internet if children don’t know how to use them effectively? 

The overall aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the value of school libraries and Schools Library Services to their communities (at both primary and secondary school level) amongst key stakeholders including government, head teachers, school governors and parents.

There are two clear themes of the overall campaign and each has their own objectives.

a) SHOUT ABOUT School Libraries
We want to convince the relevant Ministers, senior civil servants, Ofsted and local government Members and Officers to include the provision of secondary school libraries in England in Ofsted inspections

b) SHOUT ABOUT Schools Library Services
We want to expand the coverage of the Schools Library Service providing, as far as possible, availability and access to every school in the UK and so, increasing the number of pupils who will benefit from it.
We also want to convince the relevant Ministers, senior civil servants and local government Members and Officers to establish a Future Schools Library Services project.

In Wales, campaigning is also underway to make school libraries statutory.

In Scotland, school library provision is determined by the COSLA School Library Standards and school libraries are considered as part of school inspection by Education Scotland.

We want CILIP members and people everywhere to SHOUT ABOUT the value of school libraries and Schools Library Services.

Useful definitions:

What makes a good school library?
A good school library will have qualified and experienced library staff who work with teachers to provide learning resources that will support the curriculum.  Below are questions to ask about your school library.
Is your school library:

  • run by a qualified librarian?
  • a fun and exciting place to be with lots of things happening?
  • equipped with a wide range of printed materials such as books, magazines and newspapers?
  • available for children’s private study and reading?

Does your school library

  • allow children access before, during and after school hours?
  • allow children to regularly borrow books?
  • cultivate children’s research and enquiry skills?
  • encourage reading for pleasure?
  • provide access to the internet and electronic resources?

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Act Now for School Libraries: KLA Memorandum to MoE, Govt. of Kerala

Kerala Library Association has been struggling to get a solution from various Governments in the appointment of professionally qualified School Librarians in all Govt and Aided schools in Kerala for the last one decade.

This fight for qualitatively revamping the school education system in the State through well organized and resourceful libraries and professionally equipped  Librarians deserves immediate attention from the policy makers and the society at large.  Umpteen number of studies conducted nationally and in different parts of the world proved that School Libraries are very much integral in a dynamic student centered education environment and their role in developing skills which are essential for a 21st century learner is crucial.

Here is the memorandum submitted to the Minister for Education, Govt. of Kerala, on 6th February 2012 on the demand of KLA on setting up  School Libraries in Kerala with LIS Professionals (kindly double click on the image to enlarge it).

Since, the call is for an intervention from each and every citizen of this country, particularly from the State of Kerala, who cares for the existence of a  confident, skilled and well educated new generation, this document remains open.

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