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  • 1. School Libraries in Italy Antonia Rizzi Liceo Statale Giuseppe Novello Codogno (Lodi) – Italy Study visit in Mindelo and Vila do Conde, Portugal, 10-14 October 2011
  • 2. I come from…Italia Lombardia Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 3. The School LICEO STATALE  The school is located inGIUSEPPE NOVELLO Codogno, a small town (15.000 inhabitants) 60 km south of Milan  3 departments: science, cassical studies, foreign languages  650 students aged 14-18  45 teachers  3 laboratories  1 library Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 4. Giuseppe Novello: who’s that guy? Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 5. SBL network Library The School Staff Library Sfida all’ultimo libro SchoolActivities andorganization Libraries in Regional Office Italy Improving reading skills Schools and Budget Libraries Teachers and Librarians Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 6. The School LibraryOur library is dedicated to Prof. RosarioGalante, a teacher who died some years ago and left all his books to the school library. Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 7. The Library Staff The school librarian is a teacher with a specific training for the job, because she worked as a documentalist before she started to teach. Her mandate is renewed every year. She is a member of the Headteacher staff The school library is open to the public for 6 hours a week There are 5 more teachers in the Library commission, so they work in the library for one hour a week (but they also have staff meetings) These teachers do not have specific formation as librarians, but they learned to use the software and to manage the library Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 8. Library Staff specific tasksEach member of the staff has a specific task:1) Coordination of the commission and relationships with other libraries and institutions2) Application forms for new students and teachers3) Books in foreign languages4) Non-book materials (cds, dvds etc.)5) Reviews6) Coordination of students’ voluntary work in the library Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 9. School Library activities Ordinary activities Additional activities an special events Cataloguing (made by SBL specialists)  Conferences and special lessons Improving resources (made by school teachers or external Opening to the public experts) Reference services for users  Reading competions  Books presentations  Concerts Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 10. School Library activities and organization We have an annual plan of activities prepared by the library coordinator in cooperation with the library staff. The plan includes: ordinary activities, library timetable, staff specific tasks, budget, additional activities, special events The library has specific rules Users can join for free Users are mainly students and teachers Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 11. SBL: Sistema bibliotecario Lodigiano. A networkWe are part of a libraries network called SBL, which includes: 49 public libraries 3 school libraries 4 special libraries (a Catholic documentation centre, two intercultural libraries with books in foreign languages, the library of the local prison)Libraries of the network share the catalogue and the resources, usethe same software, exchange materials and documents http://www.bibliotechelodi.it/ Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 12. Improving reading skillsWe tried some ways to improve students’ reading skills: Competitions (reading competitions, tests about novels) Videos related to books Relationship between music, art, cinema and books Involving students in library management Partecipating in local and national promotion activities (book festivals, Ottobre piovono libri, culture week) Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 13. ReadingAntonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 14. “Sfida all’ultimo libro”: a competition The competition is organized every year by SBL Partecipant are classes of high schools Lodi district; last year there were 14 classes involved, this year there will be 16 classes involved Every year the SBL board choses a list of novels reated to a particular topic: last year it was “travels” (real and metaphorical), this year it will be “love” Students of each class have to read a novel to be prepared to answer questions during the competition; they also ar requested to present the novel in the way they prefer (using music, pictures, videos ad so on) It’s an exciting experience even for thse who don’t like reading Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 15. AND THE WINNER IS… Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 16. 4 videos for 4 novels1. Per sempre giovane (“Forever young”) by Gianni Biondillo2. The Crossing by Cormac McCarthyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I1X4aWXW6Y1. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD9iQlqzuiE&feat ure=related1. 1933 Was a Bad Year by John Fantehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yBz_X8CdDY Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 17. Schools and Libraries There is a constant cooperation between public libraries and schools Libraries often organize activities for children: lively readings, «treasure hunts», art performances… Our students are involved in this kind of activities Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 18. Teachers and Librarians In Italy, school libraries are generally run by teachers who do not necessarily have specific librarianship competences (but they learn in the field, anyway…) There are some school libraries networks. A very important one is Rete Bibliotecaria Scuole Vicentine, www.rbsvicenza.org ) Schools are free to cooperate and to organize they libraries in the way they prefer (in general, everything depends on teachers’ goodwill) Some local authorities organize training courses for teachers to help them in managing school libraries Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 19. Regional School office for Lombardy Regional School Office for Lombardy (a branch of Ministry of Education) offers a support service for school librarians The office also gathers information about school libraries activities and good practices Every year they publish the results of their researches Every year they give prizes to some school libraries whos activities are considerated innovative and successful Our library was awarded with Premio Lettura 2011 because our library project was considerated one of the best in Lombardy Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 20. Library budget The library budget is annual and it is decided by teachers responsible for the library and school managers. It must be approved by the School Council. Last year it was 6.000 €, covering staff payment, acquisition of resources, software There is no particular sponsorship, but sometimes the Regional School Office pay to support special events. In the libraries network, school libraries have special conditions To obtain extra- budget we can apply for public and private sponsoring (very hard to obtain…) Resources are acquired and eliminated by library staff according to the annual plan, proposals and requests of library users, libraries network guidelines Antonia Rizzi, October 2011
  • 21. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION! Antonia Rizzi, October 2011