Monthly Archives: August 2011

There’s No Place Like Home

I am back in Scotland now, and my hiatus from blogging is down to the fact that I have been busy catching up with old friends, unpacking, and getting my new flat organised before beginning the LLM next month. I … Continue reading

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Will the Grass be Greener?

I am currently packing my bags as I prepare to return to the UK on Wednesday. Funnily, I always seem to do my best blogging/emailing/Facebook updating when I’m meant to be doing some other chore. As I get ready to … Continue reading

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Not Getting It

Okay, I admit it. I myself have uttered the defeatist phrase, “They just don’t get it!” They, in this case, usually refers to senior management (SMT). I am aware that it is entirely unhelpful and reflects poorly on me, but … Continue reading

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School Libraries: A View from Both Sides of the Pond

Much has been written about the differences in quality between North American and British school libraries. The majority of this writing seems to be anecdotal and informal, but there have been some recent scholarly attempts to study this issue. North … Continue reading

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“You’re Too Hot to be a Librarian!”

In my last post, I alluded to the reactions I get when I tell people I am a librarian. Now, over the past several years, I have had many conversations and read countless blog posts regarding librarian stereotypes, so I … Continue reading

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Public Libraries: The Envy of the World

When I lived in Syria and told people I was a librarian, some people were confused. Universities in Syria have libraries, of course, and there is a large national library, but there is no extensive system of public libraries and … Continue reading

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What Was I Thinking?!

As I prepare to embark on a second master’s (wow, didn’t realise how nerdy that sounded until I actually wrote it:), I have been organising and deleting some old files stored in my computer. I stumbled upon essays and notes … Continue reading

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Effective Searching

I spent much of my time in my most recent post as a school librarian trying to explain to pupils the importance of effective searching. Teachers and I observed that many pupils thought online research meant typing their assignment questions … Continue reading

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Last Day

Last year at this time I was busily preparing for pupils to return to school, and I was working round the clock as it was the first time I had done the “back to school” thing. This year, life is … Continue reading

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School librarians and assessment

When I took up my previous post as a school librarian, there was a sign posted on the library door that read something to the effect of “We do not give grades or assessments; we give you the tools to … Continue reading

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