* Workshop Options

Workshop Options (Saturday)


Access to empowerment: the library and special educational needs - Anne Harding, Independent Trainer

Huge numbers of children and young people have learning disabilities. They do not always get the library provision they need. This workshop offers the opportunity to explore the needs of children and young people with learning and reading difficulties, and the role of libraries in meeting them. We will explore ways to make your library and its resources accessible and relevant to them, and ideas for developing their information skills and supporting their reading.

Audience: all


Book Awards with a Difference - Joy Court, Coventry City Council and Chris Brown, Reviews Editor, The School Librarian

Come and find out about two of the slightly more unusual awards around in the Children’s Book world – The Coventry Inspiration Book Award and the SLA Information Book Award.

Audience: all


ACLIP, Chartership & Fellowship - Carol Brooks (mentor, interviewer and Fellow) and Marion Huckle (Head of qualifications and professional development, CILIP)

Join Carol Brooks and Marion Huckle to find out how to get either your MCLIP, FCLIP or your ACLIP, and what's the difference?

Audience: newly qualified, established and para-professional CILIP members


Different Ways of Delivering the Summer Reading Challenge - Jo Moulton, Lewisham Libraries         

Jo will teach you how to get the most out of the Summer Reading Challenge, including how to effectively use and manage volunteers to promote and develop the challenge in your libraries.

Audience: public librarians


E Learning: Future Implications of Digital Publishing -  Nicola McNee (School Librarian, Bath)

This workshop is designed to equip participants with ideas and the know-how to use technology meaningfully within their library. Delegates will be introduced to a range of online applications, as well as current e-publishing technology and their use for learning and teaching. 

Audience: school librarians


Families that Don’t Read – Reading Volunteers - Lucy Williams, National Literacy Trust -  CANCELLED

Find out about the National Literacy Trust's innovative project to promote positive engagement in literacy in their community by encouraging parents with young children to take part in activities in their local area through a network of volunteers supported by libraries.

Audience: all


IL Transition: School to HE/FE - Lisa Anderson, Birmingham University and Sue Bastone, LVS Ascot       

This workshop and discussion will be useful for anybody who works with GCSE and Sixth Form students.  It will outline ways for the school library to collaborate with other educational institutions in order to prepare students for life after school.

Audience: all


Librarians as Leaders - Lesley Sim, Information Service Manager, West Sussex Libraries . Sponsored by ASCEL.

What will the Library Service of tomorrow require of its leaders in terms of skills, approaches, knowledge? The workshop will offer a perspective from a Senior Manager with a background in children's and schools library services, and offer thoughts and suggestions for 'developing your personal leadership skills'.

Audience: Public librarians, both childrens' specialists and those working in school library services and other areas of librarianship who will be looking to become one of the future leaders within the profession


Librarians as Leaders of Learning - Carol Webb, SLYA School Librarian of the Year 2011, Forest Hill School

Librarians should fulfill a leadership role in order to ensure their survival and contribution to the goal of student attainment.

Audience: school librarians


Libraries as Community Hubs - Janene Cox, Staffordshire County Council & Society of Chief Librarians.

This workshop will explore the increasing diversification of public libraries as community spaces and the increasing range of activities and opportunities libraries can provide to support their local communities.

Audience: public libraries


Manga and Graphic Novels - Stephen Holland, Page 45, comic book shop in Nottingham     

Want to know more about manga and graphic novels? This workshop will help you develop your knowledge of these genres and give you the confidence to increase and promote your collections.

Audience: all


Partnerships between Public Libraries and Youth Services: A Case Study - Rachel Levy (London Borough of Sutton) and Lisa Martinez

Find out how Sutton Library Service has been working in partnership with Sutton Youth Service to address the issue of productively engaging groups of young people who gather at the library and how to challenge and change library staff attitudes towards young people.

Audience: public librarians


The Perfect Author Event - Joe Craig and Inbali Iserles

Are you planning to invite an author to your school/library? If so, this is the workshop for you! Joe and Inbali will educate and entertain you with a lively discussion on the dos and don'ts of author visits and other ways of getting kids reading.

Audience: all


QR Codes and Mobile Learning - Sarah Pavey, Box Hill School, Surrey           

How can we use QR codes in our libraries and facilitate learning on the go? A workshop for anybody who is looking to make the most of mobile technology in their library.

Audience: all


Reading Agency: My Voice Programme - Sarah Marsh

MyVoice is a creative reading and writing programme for young people run by The Reading Agency. Young people taking part in MyVoice are setting up their own reading and writing spaces in local communities, organising events and workshops for other young people, learning lots of new skills, getting accreditation for volunteering and meeting lots of writers, artists and people working in the creative industries. Find out more about this exciting project and take ideas from it back to your library.

Audience: all


Right Book, In the Right Hands, at the Right Time - Caroline Downie           

With more staff becoming involved with managing the stock in libraries this course covers the basics of stock selection and management, how best to exploit your stock and promote it. 

Audience: all


Schools and Public Libraries Working Together - Nikki Heath, Werneth School, Stockport        

School and public librarians have successfully joined forces in order to provide maximum support for students. This workshop focuses on ideas to make this collaboration successful, exciting and beneficial for all.

Audience: all


School Library Services: Meeting Schools' Key Priorities - networking session facilitated by June Brooks, Hampshire SLS

Academies, free schools, e-resources, VLEs etc! In the rapidly changing world of education, what is the role of the School Library Service? This workshop will give delegates the opportunity to discuss current provision and also to consider where we go from here. Is it a case of more of the same or is it the time for radical change?

Audience: SLS librarians


Storytelling with and by Young People - Alec Williams, Independent trainer 

A practical and entertaining workshop which looks at ways in which reading aloud can bring alive traditional stories, modern fiction, and poetry. Delegates will gain practical tips on storytelling, ways to build confidence in telling stories, as well as ideas for involving young people, setting up a storytelling club and modern techniques such as digital storytelling.

Audience: all


Storytelling with Early Years - Liz Weir, storyteller

A practical session exploring the value and importance of sharing stories with young children (with and without using books) and offering tips and techniques for telling stories to young children.

Audience: All those who may be new to storytelling with young children or who would like a refresher


Tracking students in literacy development – Adam Lancaster, Monks Walk School, Hertfordshire

Adam will be describing the innovative and successful literacy intervention programme used in his school that has been much praised by Ofsted.

Audience: school librarians


VLEs – 2 concrete examples, then show and tell - Sheila Compton and Vicky Marks    

Love them or hate them – VLEs are now part of almost every school’s teaching and learning. From the two case studies presented in this workshop, delegates can learn how to use this powerful tool to promote their library.

Audience: school librarians


Author Panel 1 - Christopher Edge (Nosy Crow), Sam Gayton (Andersen) and Atinuke (Walker)

A lively introduction and discussion with these new authors about their styles, writing experiences and inspirations.

Audience: all


Author Panel 2 - Louisa Reid (Puffin) and Michelle Harrison (Simon & Schuster); Sophie Crockett (MacMillan) and Ed Hogan (Walker)

Learn more about these new and popular authors' latest books in a lively discussion panel on books for teenagers.

Audience: all


Illustrator Panel - Simon Bartram (Templar) and David Mackintosh (Harper Collins)

An opportunity to find out more about these talentated, innovative illustrators' inspirations and techniques and be inspired by picture books to use with different age ranges.

Audience: all


The organisers reserve the right to alter the programme prior to the event if unavoidable.