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Introducing #GreatSchoolLibraries

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Keynote presentation from CILIP CEO Nick Poole announcing the joint CILIP SLG/SLA 'Great School Libraries' campaign

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Introducing #GreatSchoolLibraries

  1. 1. Every child deserves a Great School Library CILIP SLG Conference Keynote April 2018
  2. 2. A new 3-year evidence-based campaign to ensure that every child in the UK has access to a Great School Library supported by professional librarians, building on & learning from success in Scotland
  3. 3. When you have the law, argue the law When you don’t have the law argue the facts When you have neither the law nor the facts, argue the emotions
  4. 4. “I acknowledge and strongly support the provision of school libraries. Its an important part of the work we undertake to encourage appreciation of literacy and literature among young people. I don’t think there’s unanimity on this [strategy]. However, I think the petitioner makes a fair point of the importance of having such an approach and it would be my intention to formulate such a strategy.” Deputy First Minister John Swinney 20th April 2017
  5. 5. Lessons learned in Scotland  Clarity on objectives  Began as a campaign, developed into a Government-backed initiative  The National Strategy for School Libraries due for implementation in August 2018; (The strategy covers state-funded pre-school provision, primary, secondary and special educational needs provision. Independent and private schools are out of scope)  How good is our school library? (HGIOSL) – the self -evaluative quality framework for professional library service delivery within the context of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence;  The School Library Improvement Fund encouraging innovative projects which enhance the library offer;  The Annual Survey (benchmarking exercise for primary and secondary school)  Focus, consistency, determination
  6. 6. Learning from other Library Associations & campaigns  ALIA Great School Libraries Campaign (in partnership with Softlink)  Ontario Libraries Association My School Library Rocks because… campaign  American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Transforming Learning  EveryLibrary
  7. 7. Objectives Hard objectives by 2021:  Recognition of School Libraries/Librarians in Ofsted Inspection Framework  Creation of a School Library Strategy for England  Specific investment into School Library development Ongoing/soft objectives:  Positive and proactive support from Head Teachers and SLT  School Library profession united around a common cause and messages  Equality of access to school library/SLS provision for every child  A chance to celebrate success and highlight great examples from the profession  All Four Nations achieve the level of recognition & engagement in Scotland  A ‘futureproof’ plan for School Library improvement (plus a line of defence)
  8. 8. Understand the value of Great School Libraries & professional librarians Champion the value of a Great School Library for their school Celebrate the value of working with a great school librarian for the curriculum Commit to ensuring their learners have access to a Great School Library Include Great School Libraries model in inspection framework Encourage Ofsted to embed Great School Libraries in inspection Demonstrate public support for Great School Libraries & create new funding Every child deserves a Great School Library Politicians DfE Ofsted SLT Teachers Governors Media School Librarians CILIP SLG SLA CILIP Understand the value and how to recruit/pay School LibrariansFinance/HR Demand that their children’s school has a Great School LibraryParents Champions Allies Campaign Plan CILIP Scotland
  9. 9. ACTIVITIES INPUTS OUTPUTS OUTCOMES For schools: Curriculum support Student experience Learning outcomes Pastoral care For society: Social mobility Economic growth Social integration Information resilience For the sector: Engagement from SLT Embedded in teaching/learning Pay, status & recognition For learners: Literacy, information literacy & skills Unlocking potential Building citizenship
  10. 10. ACTIVITIES INPUTS OUTPUTS Better Policy National School Libraries Strategy for England Better Regulation Recognition by regulatory authorities Better engagement Engagement from Head Teachers/SLT Better investment Targeted development funding for school libraries OUTCOMES For schools: Curriculum support Student experience Learning outcomes Pastoral care For society: Social mobility Economic growth Social integration Information resilience For the sector: Engagement from SLT Embedded in teaching/learning Pay, status & recognition For learners: Literacy, information literacy & skills Unlocking potential Building citizenship
  11. 11. ACTIVITIES INPUTS Influence Champions, advocates, allies, policymakers Relationships Access to SLT & senior decision-makers Definition Standards (viz. CILIP ‘Quality Mark’ inquiry) Evidence Qualitative Quantitative Impact metrics ‘Killer facts’ Stories/case studies OUTPUTS Better Policy National School Libraries Strategy for England Better Regulation Recognition by regulatory authorities Better engagement Engagement from Head Teachers/SLT Better investment Targeted development funding for school libraries OUTCOMES For schools: Curriculum support Student experience Learning outcomes Pastoral care For society: Social mobility Economic growth Social integration Information resilience For the sector: Engagement from SLT Embedded in teaching/learning Pay, status & recognition For learners: Literacy, information literacy & skills Unlocking potential Building citizenship
  12. 12. ACTIVITIES Influence Political engagement, building links to Regulatory Authorities, collaboration Relationships Building national & local connections, finding champions, being visible Definition Create simple messages about excellence, celebrate exemplars Evidence Comprehensive & credible UK/England evidence to underpin advocacy INPUTS Influence Champions, advocates, allies, policymakers Relationships Access to SLT & senior decision-makers Definition Standards (viz. CILIP ‘Quality Mark’ inquiry) Evidence Qualitative Quantitative Impact metrics ‘Killer facts’ Stories/case studies OUTPUTS Better Policy National School Libraries Strategy for England Better Regulation Recognition by regulatory authorities Better engagement Engagement from Head Teachers/SLT Better investment Targeted development funding for school libraries OUTCOMES For schools: Curriculum support Student experience Learning outcomes Pastoral care For society: Social mobility Economic growth Social integration Information resilience For the sector: Engagement from SLT Embedded in teaching/learning Pay, status & recognition For learners: Literacy, information literacy & skills Unlocking potential Building citizenship
  13. 13. Leadership Champions Allies Supporters
  14. 14. Great School Libraries Evidence Qualitative & quantitative evidence of impact Definition “A Great School Library is…” National PR Media and political relations Grassroots support Individual engagement w SLT/parents Resources Downloads, case studies & other material via online hub Evaluation Metrics and milestones to allow us to track progress Relationships Key stakeholders incl. Head Teachers & Ofsted
  15. 15. School Libraries Data Group: Working together to map School Library provision and impact across the UK • Mapping locations and services, including SLS provision • Quantitative data about provision • Qualitative data about impact • Illustrative stories and Case Studies • Currently seeking sponsorship
  16. 16. Developing evidence-based Cases for Support • A Case for Support to secure policy, investment and engagement from National Government (Politicians, DfE, funders) • A Case for Support to secure recognition by Ofsted of the value and impact of School Libraries and Librarians for Curriculum-based teaching and learning • A Case for Support to secure engagement from Head Teachers, Governors and SLT
  17. 17. Clarity and definition about what makes a Great School Library… • Learning from How good is our school library? • Drawing on SLA and CILIP SLG Guidance and materials • CILIP feasibility study for a School Libraries Quality Mark • Clarity about the role, status and pay expectations of professional school librarians
  18. 18. Political and media advocacy • Securing Parliamentary engagement via individual relationships, Parliamentary Questions, seeking a Lords or Commons Debate and making effective use of the Libraries All- Party Parliamentary Group and Select Committees • Inclusion of School Libraries and Librarians in key policy lines for Party Policy development • Representation in Wales and Northern Ireland as well as ongoing engagement in Scotland • Working with sector and trade press to challenge misrepresentation of School Libraries and promote more positive/up-to-date messaging
  19. 19. Making friends and influencing people • Building national relationships with key influencers including the Unions, National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), Chartered College of Teaching and other stakeholders • Building up momentum with our registered supporters, including authors and ‘famous faces’ • Working with individual School Librarians to build on their relationships with Head Teachers, Governors and the SLT
  20. 20. Resources • A central hub for downloads and resources • A ‘campaign identity’ based on ‘Great School Libraries’ • A reusable logo/ident allowing School Librarians to brand their Great School Library • Posters/materials explaining what makes a Great School Library and the difference they make • Supporting activity via CILIP, CILIP SLG and SLA including Information Professional and social media
  21. 21. Possible joint programmes • CILIP Information Literacy Group has launched their new definition of Information Literacy • Strong interest from Government in initiatives which improve children’s resilience to fake news and misinformation • Proposal from several interested parties for a funded project for School Librarians to deliver IL training to teaching staff and pupils
  22. 22. We need you • The Great School Libraries campaign launches on the 6th June • Visit http://www.cilip.org.uk/greatschoollibraries and sign up as a supporter • Share your stories about the difference your Great School Library makes • Use the hashtag #GreatSchoolLibraries • Phase 1 of the School Library Data Group is already underway • Political engagement will take place during the Conference Parliament (15/09 – 10/10) • Campaigning will be ongoing through to 2021 • Share your thoughts and idea on where we go next
  23. 23. The bigger we are, the more of the profession we represent, the more we can do and the more influence we can have. CILIP membership is now cheaper, better-value and more inclusive than it has ever been. If you have a friend or colleague who works in the profession, whatever their qualifications or experience, tell them to get involved! www.cilip.org.uk/join
  24. 24. Every child deserves a #GreatSchoolLibrary www.cilip.org.uk/greatschoollibraries

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