CILIP Conference 2022

Nick and Charlotte from the SLG Committee and Hannah, our bursary winner, are excited to be a this year’s CILIP Conference and Expo on 7+8 July at Liverpool Exhibition Centre.

Come and see us on our stand where we will be talking about the work that we have been doing to promote school libraries and school librarians as we recover from lockdown. We have an exciting programme of webinars to support CPD and professional registration, and we can let you know about our SLG Conference 2023!

If you can’t be there this year, we will be tweeting throughout the two days as library and information professionals from all sectors will be sharing their experiences and knowledge. You can follow us @CILIPSLG #CILIPConf22.

This year’s focus is on how libraries can approach the challenges of the climate crisis, tackle misinformation and censorship, explore equalities, diversity and inclusion, as well as the consultation around CILIP’s new Intellectual Freedom policy.

Don’t forget to come and say hello!

Chartership WhatsApp for school librarians

If you are a school librarian and you are undertaking Chartership or Certification, or you are thinking about doing so, you can join our thriving but informal WhatsApp group. We offer information and advice in a friendly and supportive group.

We can offer advice on the benefits of Professional Registration, getting help started, finding a mentor, accessing the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB), reflective writing and meeting the criteria.

To find out more please email slgconnect @ pm.me

Reading the Planet: Libraries in a Changing ClimateSheffield /16-18 SEP 2022

YLG Conference returns in the real and in the virtual

Following COP26 the conference theme could not be more topical. Young people’s activism around the environment, climate change and more generally on societal change, gives us all hope for the future.

YLG will be offering a virtual programme for those who cannot travel/afford the full conference. Those who sign up for the live conference will be able to access the virtual sessions for free.

Find out more:

https://www.cilip.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1630249&group=&dm_i=6WFS%2C662O%2CEGVR3%2CPUX5%2C1

The Best LGBT Novels for Young Adults – recommended by Cassie Kemp

Good books for teens and young adults are often about identity and figuring out who you are. Novels with LGBTQ+ characters are some of the best examples of (fictional) young people learning to be themselves while navigating the world.

Cassie Kemp is a librarian with Creative Learning Services in Leicestershire. She is a CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Judge and is a former committee member of CILIP SLG. Here she shares her top picks of LGBT novels for teens and young adults with Tuva Kahrs.

The Best LGBT Novels for Young Adults

Best Verse Novels for 8-12 Year Olds – recommended by Alison King

Verse fiction gets to the heart of a story without much text, the immediacy of the characters and the storyline making it instantly appealing to readers, including reluctant ones.

Alison King, school librarian and committee member of CILIP SLG, explains to Tuva Kahrs why everyone should read verse novels, and recommends her top picks for 8-12 year olds.

Best Verse Novels for 8-12 Year Olds

Webinar: Registration now open

Friday 24th June 2022 – Evaluating and Auditing Your School Library

The SLG Committee have put together another fantastic Webinar on Friday 24 June 2022, just in time for those end of year tasks. Evaluating and Auditing Your School Library will give you the knowledge and tools you need to:

  • undertake a demographic survey and diversity audit to ensure your collection meets everyone’s needs
  • evaluate your impact to provide useful information for your annual report
  • make your findings look amazing using Canva.

The day finishes with conversation from Puneet Bhandal, author of Starlet Rivals, and Shiko Nguru, author of Mwikali and the Forbidden Masks, with thanks to Lantana Publishing. Read more here.

The webinar will run from 8.55 – 16.00 hours. Costs are £22+VAT for members and £30+VAT for non-members. Please see the CILIP website for further details, including suggested PKSB links, and to book.

Intellectual Freedom: policy consultation

As a of CILIP School Libraries Group you can help us develop CILIP’s policy and supporting guidance on intellectual freedom for librarians, library workers and information professionals in all sectors by adding your feedback and knowledge to this survey. Complete the survey.

If you’re a member of a CILIP Member Network, Special Interest Group, Diversity Network or Devolved Nation help us develop CILIP’s policy and supporting guidance on intellectual freedom for librarians, library workers and information professionals in all sectors by adding your feedback and knowledge to this survey.

#ReadWithPride

We were, like many librarians, concerned by the decision to cancel Simon James Green’s visit to John Fisher School. As we are eager to support the striking school staff, as well as LGBTQ staff and pupils in all schools, we feel it is time for librarians to set aside the stereotypical ‘shhh’ and make some noise!

To that end, we’d like to set up a social media buzz around LGBTQ young adult reading.

For Pride Month (June), we are creating a social media relay using the hashtag #ReadWithPride. Each school or library would post a photograph of a member of staff reading an LGBTQ young adult novel (we will coordinate to ensure a variety of titles), then ‘tag’ the next school so that a post goes out every working day in June.

Ideally, those depicted in the photograph would include a range of roles to show wider-spread engagement with LGBTQ fiction, some Heads, sport staff, or even school Pride Societies (GDPR permitting!) in order to really underline the institutional support, and that this is important for everyone. But of course, we’d love to feature librarians, too! We are also asking high profile LGBT authors to join in.

If you’d like to be involved in the relay, please fill out this form by 5pm on Monday 16 May:

And if you’d rather not be part of the formal relay but would like to support the project, please use the hashtag #ReadWithPride while posting Pride Month book recommendations and/or messages of support, ‘like’ or share the relay posts, etc. Some may choose to make explicit reference to recent events or use the #IStandWithSimon hashtag. Given that some schools may prefer not to take a formal stance, or the potential for doxing or trolling on social media, we have not included this but left it down to the individual. Please feel free to tweak the message as you wish.

We will be back in touch with the relay plan w/c 22/5. If you have any questions, please email Kate O’Connor at oconnork@dulwich.org.uk.

From Helen, Kate, Alice and Katie.

Censorship and Intellectual Freedom in School Libraries

Interim Joint Position Statement

May 2022

This statement has been produced jointly by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the CILIP School Libraries Group (CILIP SLG) and the School Library Association (SLA). It is intended to provide clear guidance for school librarians, school leadership and Governors when considering issues relating to intellectual freedom and censorship.

As leadership organisations for School Libraries, we believe that:

i) Intellectual freedom – the freedom to read, to learn, to question and to access information – is central to a functioning democracy.

ii) It is a core role of libraries, librarians and other library staff to promote intellectual freedom on behalf of their users, to empower users to enact their information rights and to oppose censorship in all its forms – both tacit and explicit.

iii) School librarians and library staff are responsible for promoting and preserving intellectual freedom by working with school leadership and teaching colleagues to support children and young people in their development as informed and responsible citizens.

We affirm the principles set out in the AASL School Library Bill of Rights. Based on this, we assert that it is the responsibility of the school librarian or library staff to:

iv) Provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of individual learners;

v) Provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards;

vi) Provide a range of information resources which will enable pupils to make informed judgments in their daily life;

vii) Provide materials that illustrate and illuminate different views on controversial issues so that learners may develop under guidance the practice of critical reading and thinking;

viii) Provide materials representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups in our society and their contribution to our national heritage and identity;

ix) Place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection appropriate for the users of the library;

x) Actively oppose censorship for any purpose other than material that is proscribed by law, which risks the incitement of illegal acts or which constitutes ‘hate speech’ as defined by the Public Order Act 1986, the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 and the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.

We recognise the significant challenges faced by school librarians in embedding these beliefs into their practice and will be working to provide further support in the coming months.

Jointly signed by Nick Poole, Caroline Roche and Alison Tarrant

Find out more about CILIP’s project to develop a new policy and supporting guidance on intellectual freedom for librarians, library workers and information professionals in all sectors.

Data Driven Librarianship

Join CILIP on 4th May at 12:30 for a new module in the Data Driven Librarianship course powered by Nielsen BookData, recognised by CILIP. In the Research Module Update, Nielsen BookData will provide a full year review of the UK book market’s 2021 performance, including a look at their library loans data and further insights from LibScan. Register now for free: https://www.cilip.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1623059&group=

Librarians, discover how you can harness the power of data to understand your users and inform your decision making on buying and stock selection in this 3-part series run by the experts at Nielsen and recognised by CILIP. Session recordings as well as further reading materials, resources and exercises from our friends at Nielsen are available here so you can complete the series and earn a CILIP-recognised Certificate of Completion: www.cilip.org.uk/datadrivenlibrarianship