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Presentation to SSAT Conference "The Outward Looking Library" by Sue Bastone, 2010 SLYA Honour List

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  • This seminar will take your library out into the big wide school and beyond! It will give you practical ideas for involving and engaging those students and staff who “don’t come into the library”. Come prepared to share your own experiences and hopefully take away lots of ideas in return. I don’t profess to know it all. Lots of you will have similar or better ideas. The idea is to get us all thinking about how we can market our library and ourselves
  • Introduce myself – first career in Advertising & Marketing – feel strongly that as libraries we have to “sell” ourselves and our service Mention Caroline Roche – Heart of the Library website and blog
  • Firm belief that to become indispensable we must be a service that people cannot do without Easy to feel trapped in the library – if necessary close one breaktime a week so you can go to the staff room. Must be professional – write annual report telling SMT and governors what you do Keep statistics. Carry out self-evaluation. Feed into school paperwork.
  • Easy to do what you want to do – and are good at – rather than what needs doing. Find something on SDP you can feed into – mine was “independent learning” and that enabled me to be seen seriously by the teaching staff. Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats. Concentrate on your strengths, look for opportunities, be aware of people to keep on the right side of!
  • Uniquely placed to become indispensable in so many ways. As well as involving wider organisation in events, I am also Secretary of the Common Room and help out with bi-annual conference for all staff. Important for staff and pupils to think of you in a wider sense than the library. Think about your own organisation and who your audience are.
  • Explain my organisation Talk to a colleague about one initiative you are really proud of
  • The Pupils will form the largest part of the four quartiles BUT it is important to think about all your other users – they can help you raise the profile of the library and make it an essential part of the school.
  • Sometimes the simple things work. It depends how often you already see pupils above Year 7. I have fought for years to get time with Yr 8 and 9 and have just had agreement for one lesson per term with 8 & 9. I am using it to promote reading but making it fun and relaxing. One fairly new Year 9 boarding pupil had obviously never been in the library. She was in a bottom set and admitted she didn’t like reading. At the end of the lesson she said, almost with awe, can I come in here any time I like ? She borrowed a book and has been a regular visitor since. She had been at the school for a term and never been in the library. Bribery – advertise you will be handing out chocolate one particular lunchtime to those “caught reading” – at least it takes you out of the library and makes it fun. This has caught on and SMT are now handing out spot merits for pupils caught reading.
  • Tutor time reading & boxes – visit tutor groups Competitions – wider audience i.e. Art competitions, drama – storytelling, sport related activities Assemblies – I am regularly at assemblies giving out prizes, monitor badges etc. Also during book week each year – raises profile – get staff involved – WBD – A question of reading with pupils interviewing staff House events – Pupils are always pleased when you praise them for something you saw them do – i.e. House music drama or you heard about a sporting achievement. Make them realise you are more than just the book lady!
  • Also LVS Literary Challenge during Book Week Involves lots of people who are not normally involved. Sixth form organise teams. Different staff judges for each assembly.
  • Had to come to induction to get memory stick – worked very well! Questionnaire each year for sixth form – includes use of LRC, periodicals we get, resources used etc. Make sure I keep one study room sixth form only LRC Pupil Committee headed up by sixth form student.
  • Explain situation at LVS – make all groups feel you have their interests at heart – despite day boarding Author visit – Kate Cann during book week for Carlsberg girls Story time every evening at 6pm
  • We all hold Book Weeks so won’t go into detail but best opportunity of all to promote the library and reading. Does not have to be a huge event. Two or three high profile events during the week will make an impact. Example: my first year at LVS .... Ensure events not just library based but around the school.
  • Staff helping with assemblies – Andy Towse PE teacher.
  • Vital to be involved with Teaching and Learning to gain validity. Mention IL assessment INSET – i.e. On copyright etc. posters provided at printers too. LRC/Literacy Group – reps from all departments -
  • 2 sets in Year 9 do second foreign language so the other 4 have an extra lesson per week for projects. I went with idea for them to research the country they were studying. Provide worksheets, checksheets, bibliography, mark scheme etc. Students assess their own IL skills at end of project.
  • SMT like to add this sort of thing for school handbooks, inspection etc.!
  • Mention DEAR, also interviews with staff from around the organisation Kitchen staff regularly use the library for fiction since interviewing them for the big read in NYR Staff book group includes staff from all areas. Email following book group meetings.
  • Part of open days and evenings Invite PTA/Governors to an open session – tell them what you do Building Readers – letter to new yr 7 parents
  • NYR – formed partnership with local public librarian. We have run competitions since 2008 – i.e. Travel writing – winners displayed in school and public library Yr 7 boarders to join library although no real benefit Yr 6 taster day – public library provides Summer Reading Challenge material for every child which we give out Inter school quiz for yr 7, our SLS provides questions. C/G conference Also BBA Local bookshop – use for bookfair – we use during Wbweek as brilliant at providing lots of the £1 books and really helpful. They offer us free authors and now are locally organising a children’s book festival Press coverage – through school or if necessary ring them yourself! Take pictures and send in.
  • Get out of the library!

    1. 1. Get out of the library! Sue Bastone Learning Resources Manager Licensed Victuallers’ School, Ascot School Librarian of the Year Honour List 2010
    2. 2. Me and my philosophy <ul><li>Previous career as PA in Advertising & Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Second career in school libraries began 1992 </li></ul><ul><li>HNC 1994-96, Chartered 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>State schools 1992- 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>2004 – now – LVS, Ascot </li></ul><ul><li>The school library is a service – to the school, its staff, students, parents and governors. It portrays the “heart and soul” of a school and, as such, should reach out to the community around it. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Service is the key <ul><li>Promote yourself as a service to EVERYONE </li></ul><ul><li>Make it easy for staff to get involved </li></ul><ul><li>Invite people in – non users will come if asked – but go out too! </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you (and your staff) are friendly and welcoming </li></ul><ul><li>Never close if you can help it </li></ul><ul><li>Make yourself indispensable and </li></ul><ul><li>hard to refuse! </li></ul><ul><li>Prove your worth – keep evidence and </li></ul><ul><li>be professional </li></ul>
    4. 4. Identify where you can make an impact <ul><li>What’s on the SDP ? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the keen staff ? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the pupils who frequent your library – and who never come in ? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your personal strengths ? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are the gaps ? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is not catered for ? </li></ul><ul><li>SWOTs </li></ul>
    5. 5. Whole School involvement – a finger in every pie ? <ul><li>Teaching and Learning </li></ul><ul><li>The Reading Culture </li></ul><ul><li>The Organisation </li></ul>
    6. 6. How are you involving .... ?
    7. 7. Pupils - Juniors – your own or local feeder schools <ul><li>Take part in primary liaison/Yr 6 taster days </li></ul><ul><li>Shadowing the Greenaway – with Yr 5 or 6, invite primaries in or go to them </li></ul><ul><li>Have one lunch time a week when juniors can visit </li></ul><ul><li>Involve them in big initiatives i.e. DEAR </li></ul><ul><li>Run and/or judge competitions for them – junior schools rarely have the staff time to do this </li></ul>
    8. 8. Pupils - Seniors – particularly those pupils who don’t even know where the library is! <ul><li>Persuade English to let you have each class for a book talk </li></ul><ul><li>Open the library for “breakfast” – I don’t offer breakfast as such as we are a boarding school but do offer squash & biscuits, newspapers and magazines and promote it to Yr 10 up </li></ul><ul><li>Have a Pupil Committee – encourage them to canvas their peers and allow them to make decisions – a recent new Teen Section brought in older students out of curiosity! Ask them what magazines they want. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote an author visit or event to non library users – even if they attend to get out of lessons it can be a turning point! </li></ul><ul><li>Offer simple prizes (bribery!) if caught reading! </li></ul>
    9. 9. Pupils – those difficult years! <ul><li>Try and persuade the school to have at least one time during the week for reading – provide varied reading material – visit their classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage staff to leave reading material on their desks and talk to pupils about reading </li></ul><ul><li>Run competitions which attract wider audience – give out prizes in assemblies </li></ul><ul><li>Run a whole school event which appeals to all – Murder in the Library is brilliant! </li></ul><ul><li>Organise theatre trips for pleasure! </li></ul>Get involved and attend House events – organise one!
    10. 10. House Storytelling <ul><li>Held in assemblies – 6/7, 8/9, 10/11, 6 th form – captive audience </li></ul><ul><li>Each House puts in a team </li></ul><ul><li>Organised by sixth form students </li></ul><ul><li>Stories no more than 5 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Staff judges </li></ul>
    11. 11. House Storytelling winners 2010 Right – Year 11 Storytellers – Bells House Below – Year 7 Boarders
    12. 12. Sixth Form students <ul><li>Provide guides & templates on VLE or memory stick </li></ul><ul><li>Offer one to one study skills sessions, particularly with EPQ or IB students </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for their help – they usually love it </li></ul><ul><li>Canvas their views </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you consider their interests </li></ul><ul><li>Provide something for Book Week – they hate being left out! </li></ul><ul><li>Involve them in Pupil Committee, House events, School events </li></ul>
    13. 13. Day and Boarding <ul><li>I insist day pupils allowed until 5.30 </li></ul><ul><li>LRC is optional during prep so to attract them I invite each house (girls/boys) – first choice of new books & dvds, also more relaxed as you can see! </li></ul><ul><li>Evening events </li></ul><ul><li>Storytimes </li></ul>
    14. 14. Book Weeks <ul><li>Competitive element: tutor groups, individual, house </li></ul><ul><li>Events throughout the week </li></ul><ul><li>Involve older pupils </li></ul><ul><li>Involve all staff </li></ul><ul><li>One whole school event i.e. DEAR, Big Read etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a theme -tie up with a relevant dept. i.e. Sport, Art, Geography </li></ul>
    15. 15. Book Week Programme 2010 <ul><li>The Reading Olympics </li></ul><ul><li>Monday – Author Mark Robson. Launch Pentathlon – 5 events with a task each day to gain points – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Reference; Launch tutor competition </li></ul><ul><li>Tuesday - Year 8 e-book (G&T) </li></ul><ul><li>Year 9/10 Assembly – Brian Clough; </li></ul><ul><li>Pentathlon 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesday - 9.30 Andrew Fusek Peters Yr 12 </li></ul><ul><li>writing workshop; Art competition – design a Sporting </li></ul><ul><li>Book cover; Pentathlon 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday – WORLD BOOK DAY – </li></ul><ul><li>Staff dress up; Question of Reading </li></ul><ul><li>assembly; Penalty shoot out; Pentathlon 4; DEAR </li></ul><ul><li>Friday – LVS Literary Challenge; </li></ul><ul><li>Great Paper Caper, Pentathlon 5 </li></ul>
    16. 16. Staff - Teaching and Learning <ul><li>Identify strands from SDP and see how you can contribute </li></ul><ul><li>Be an expert on information literacy and identify gaps in students’ skills – help with assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to SMT about Information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Speak at HoDs or Faculty meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Form library curriculum committee </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver INSET and advice on your subject </li></ul><ul><li>Always try and accommodate class of pupils and allow small groups without teacher – be on hand to help </li></ul><ul><li>If they don’t come to you, find out their topics and offer book boxes for the classroom! </li></ul><ul><li>Use different subjects including PHSE – go with an idea to a reluctant HoD </li></ul>
    17. 17. Year 9 MFL Project using the QUICK steps – 5 th year <ul><li>Groups of 3-4 research aspect of country </li></ul><ul><li>Q – Questions – brainstorm in groups – identify questions to ask – what do I know, what do I need to find out, what shall I research, where shall I look ? </li></ul><ul><li>U – Understand and plan – who will do what ? What is the end product ? How long have we got ? </li></ul><ul><li>I – Identify resources – use OLIVER, online reference tools, books </li></ul><ul><li>C – Choose what to use – make notes – must be handed in by each member of group </li></ul><ul><li>K – Know what you’ve done – produce bibliography, how shall we present it ? What have we learnt ? (student assessment) </li></ul>
    18. 18. LVS LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE SPIRALLING SKILLS CURRICULUM – the QUICK Steps to Success Questions to ask Year 7 – LRC lessons – mindmapping & brainstorming Year 8 – Science project – Formulate own questions Year 9 – MFL Project – Formulate own questions Year 10 – PHSE – Fact vs Opinion questions Year 12 – PHSE – Induction & Independent Learning sessions Understand and Plan Year 7 – LRC lessons – planning projects Year 8 – Science Project – Plan Newspaper project Year 9 – MFL Project – Planning project & presentation Year 10 – PHSE – Quick Steps Year 12 – PHSE – Induction & IL sessions Identify and Evaluate Year 7 – LRC lessons using OLIVER Year 8 – Science Project – using different sources Year 8 – English, History, Geography – using a variety of sources – which is best for the task ? Year 9 – MFL Project – which sources shall I use ? Year 10 – PHSE - Looking at resources – CARS evaluation Year 12 – PHSE - Induction Choose Year 7 – LRC lessons – note-taking for project Year 7 – Science – note-taking ask Year 8 – Science project – taking notes on Microbes Year 9 – MFL project – notes assessed in mark scheme Know Year 7 – Recording sources in a bibliography, self-assessment at end of year Year 8 – Science & English – bibliographies Year 9 – Independent Learning Skills self-assessment Year 10 – PHSE - Self assessment (as above) + writing bibliographies & referencing Year 12 – PHSE – Referencing & citation
    19. 19. Staff – the personal touch – for ALL staff <ul><li>Offer reduced newspaper subscription </li></ul><ul><li>Organise the Book People </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a book swap trolley in the staffroom </li></ul><ul><li>Include non-teaching and organisational staff in </li></ul><ul><li>big events i.e. DEAR, Big Read etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage non-teaching staff to use the library </li></ul><ul><li>Run a staff book group </li></ul><ul><li>Send out book suggestions </li></ul>
    20. 20. Parents and Governors <ul><li>Invite them in! </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure new parents know who you are and how you can help </li></ul><ul><li>Offer appointments with parents to help with their child’s reading – provide a leaflet </li></ul><ul><li>Send home a literary newsletter or regular contribution to school newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Provide booklists and advice online </li></ul><ul><li>Offer “paired reading” sets – </li></ul><ul><li>two books for parent & child with </li></ul><ul><li>guide for discussion </li></ul>
    21. 21. The Literary Year – tell people what you do!
    22. 22. Outside the School ...involving the community <ul><li>Liaise with your local public library – pupil visits, joint competitions, work displayed, Yr 6 liaison </li></ul><ul><li>Local schools – inter-school quiz, Carnegie days etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Join together with other schools to get involved </li></ul><ul><li>in Book Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Bookshops – use your local bookshop for bookfair at least once a year </li></ul><ul><li>Support your SLS if you have one! </li></ul><ul><li>Support other book & library events </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure your events are reported in the </li></ul><ul><li>press! </li></ul><ul><li>Write home to parents regularly </li></ul>
    23. 23. BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU DO! <ul><li>And last of all ...... </li></ul>
    24. 24. Collage summary Sue Bastone The Licensed Victuallers’ School, Ascot

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