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Managing Change...

How does the school librarian respond and adapt to the needs of students in a world dominated and driven by technology and the Internet?...READ MORE

By Polly Krabbé and Joyce Martin – July 2017

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Reading School eResources Festival

To raise awareness of the range of e-resources available and how students can access them, Reading School’s Learning Resource Centre (LRC) ran an e-resources Festival...READ MORE

By Polly Krabbé – June 2017

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5 tips for getting your secondary students to search smarter

Fed up with seeing work based on 'one-click' research? Nicholas Harris has some suggestions for developing your secondary students' online investigation skills...READ MORE

By Nicholas Harris – June 2017

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Part 2: Hints and tips for public libraries – promoting your e-resources by social media

Welcome to the second blog post in our public libraries series on promoting your e-resources...READ MORE

By Polly Krabbé – April 2017

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Understanding the context of a novel using historical newspapers

There is so much that students can learn from historical newspapers. From how novels were received at the time, eyewitness accounts and news stories...READ MORE

By Polly Krabbé – April 2017

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How can e-resources help limited budgets go further?

The 2016 UK School Library survey conducted by Softlink on behalf of the school library sector looked at...READ MORE

By Polly Krabbé and Joyce Martin – March 2017

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Part 1: Hints and tips for public libraries promoting your e-resources by email and e-news

Welcome to the first blog post in our new public libraries series on promoting your e-resources...READ MORE

By Polly Krabbé – February 2017

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Keeping students safe online

A report by the Children’s Commissioner claims that children are unaware and unprepared for what they are signing up to online. Despite the fact that one third of internet users are under 18...READ MORE

By Polly Krabbé – February 2017

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The role of the school librarian in teaching and supporting digital literacy

Working as a librarian alongside teachers is something that I enjoy and find frustrating in equal measure. I completely understand that they have a tough job...READ MORE

By Elizabeth Hutchinson – January 2017

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Fake news vs real news – helping students evaluate their information

Following the recent US Presidential election, the topic of 'fake news' has been widely discussed. Data revealing that people engaged with the top five fake election news stories on Facebook more than...READ MORE

By Polly Krabbé – December 2016

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What we learned on the road

Over the summer term we were delighted to speak at two events for FE LRC staff and one for Heads of Teaching and Learning. Our sessions focused on two key themes...READ MORE

By Joyce Martin – September 2016

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E-resource provision and usage at Latymer Upper School, London

Latymer Upper is an independent and co-educational day school in West London, and I arrived six years ago, just as a new library building was opening...READ MORE

By Terri McCargar – June 2016

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Networking event for School Librarians in the East Midlands, Uppingham School

15 Librarians from 15 Schools in the East Midlands attended a free networking event at Uppingham School in March 2016...READ MORE

By Susanna Lob – April 2016

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Digital natives lack online nous according to new report from Ofcom

12-15 year olds in the UK are increasingly trusting of information they find online according to a new report from UK Communications Regulator Ofcom...READ MORE

By Susanna Lob – November 2015  

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Information skills training at Northampton High School

As I wrote in my previous post, trying to embed information literacy and research skills into the curriculum can sometimes feel similar to trying to find the Holy Grail...READ MORE

By Anne Buxton – 2014

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Developing students' research skills: an Information Manager's perspective

Anne Buxton, Information Manager at Northampton High School writes about the programme of information literacy and research skills training that has been introduced at her school...READ MORE

By Anne Buxton – 2014

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Building an online library at Headington School, Oxford

I first started to consider developing an online library at Headington School in 2006 as more and more high quality educational resources were becoming available online...READ MORE

By Lynn Winkworth – 2014

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