Category Archives: Advocacy

Truth, Lies, and the Internet: Where are the Librarians?

Once again, Joyce Valenza has beaten me to the punch (damn, she’s good), but I want to address the recent report by Demos outlining UK students’ online information-seeking behaviour and abilities. School librarians may not be too shocked by the … Continue reading

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School Librarians as Support Staff?

As you may know, I have recently returned to Scotland to study for the LLM in International Law and Sustainable Development, but I am  not planning to turn my back on the library and information profession (not just yet anyway … Continue reading

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Glass Half Full Librarianship

I am currently working on an entry for the School Libraries E-book Project, which is something I am looking forward to reading. I’m eager to hear from librarians and educators whose voices aren’t always represented in traditionally published materials, and … 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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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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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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Outsourcing school services

I have been doing quite a bit of thinking recently regarding the trend in outsourcing school services in the United Kingdom. Outsourcing in education is not a new development; schools and universities throughout the world have been outsourcing “non-educational” services … Continue reading

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