Barbarian reckons variety is the spice of life
By sjpavey, Aug 3 2015 12:11AM
I can't believe it's been a year since I quit my full time job at Box Hill School to set off on my own. It's been a great year and full of surprises but a lovely blend of music and professional library work and a bit of an expansion into training teachers. I've met some amazing people and seen some wonderful places and libraries. All I can hope for is that next year is as good!
July started with the first of 4 courses for Creative Education - Effective School Librarian, Getting Boys into Reading, Online Safeguarding and Developing Writing Skills all in London. They were all good courses and all the delegates engaged well with the exercises and gave good feedback - in fact on two seperate courses I had the comment that it was the best INSET they had ever had!
I also did a double two half days sessions at Heaths for groups of Librarians - Harris Academies and Lambeth School Libraries. The theme was reading for pleasure and reading for information. I covered information about the act of reading and what we meant by reading before launching into ways in which we can engage the reader. This was a new format for Heaths but successful as the attendees also had plenty of time to look around the showroom.
On 13th July I ventured into Kent to speak at the CILIP Kent Day at Canterbury University. Due to a mix up I was actualy on earlier than expected and was the warm up act for the rest of a very interesting day on independent learning and the transition from 6th Form to Higher Education. There were some very interesting talks particularly about the expectations at University and the services offered by the public library service in Kent. In the afternoon I was engaged as part of a panel and we had lots of questions to answer. Overall a very good day and a lot of hard work particularly from Caroline Roche.
July was also the month that two of my Chartership Mentees finished off their portfolios. We all struggled to make sense of the VLE and getting everything in the right order and format. The good news for my next mentees is that I am now much more confident in what to do!
The other hard work was on the revised edition of the Innovative School Librarian book. We sent a whole day going through some more chapters and we are now on the final leg and hope to have the whole thing done by October.
So the Barbarian is now looking forward to a good holiday ...and writing a new online course for the SLA on cataloguing amongst other things!