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Enter the CILIP Blogger Challenge. Who can enter?

Enter the CILIP Blogger Challenge

Anyone can enter who works or studies in the library, knowledge or information sector or has an interest in this or related areas. You don’t have to be a CILIP member to enter and you don’t have to live in the UK. You could, for example, be: A librarian, archivist or information scientist A student studying an information science module A researcher, lecturer or teacher Someone with a professional interest in library and information issues. What sort of topics could I write about?

Learning Resources Conference 2012, 8th November 2012. Boys' reading skills 'must be tackled' 1 July 2012Last updated at 21:17 ET By Hannah Richardson BBC News education reporter Some boys think reading is "uncool" The reading gap between boys and girls in England is widening but there is no official strategy to address it, a report says.

Boys' reading skills 'must be tackled'

The All-Party Parliamentary Literacy Group Commission says some boys find reading "nerdish" and receive less parental encouragement than girls. It calls for action in schools, home and communities. The government said it was focusing on getting every child to read using phonics and reading for enjoyment. The Boys' Reading Commission took evidence from teachers, 226 schools and 21,000 young people in the UK . Its report, compiled by the National Literacy Trust, found that although there had been improvements in boys' reading since the National Literacy Strategy was introduced in 1998, in recent years the gender gap had started to widen again.

Continue reading the main story “Start Quote End QuoteGavin Barwell, MPCommission chairman. 23 Things for Professional Development. If there is one thing you should do for your professional development it is signing up for 23 Things for Professional Development!

23 Things for Professional Development

This is a free easy-to-follow online course organised by professional librarians who will show you 23 tools ranging from how to set up a blog (!) To becoming a reflective practitioner. It runs for 23 weeks from 7th May to 8th October. You can sign up quickly - and you're ready to go! I followed the course last year and really learned a lot.

The course offers great advice: "Considering your own brand" (thing 3), for example, is something that I haven't done so far. The people behind this excellent resource have recently been rewarded for their efforts by becoming runner-up for the The Credo Reference Digital Award for Information Literacy, presented at LILAC 2012. Lol or pulchritudinous: which words do children really use in their writing? Literacy events. Hello · Manchester Children's Book Festival 2012 · presented by Manchester Metropolitan University. School Library Survey: Thank you. A huge thank you to everyone who filled in our recent surveymonkey hosted questionnaire.

School Library Survey: Thank you

We reached our total of just over 1000 responses much more quickly than we had anticipated. We will undertake a detailed analysis of the data as soon as possible, but here are a few of the headlines that jump out of the data on a first look. 60% of respondents were state schools 25% were academies 71% of respondents were from secondadry schools 72% of respondents had librarians in charge of their libraries. The major variation came in the variety of budgets that school libraries have (taken from all repsondents) 11% had up to £500 pa; with both the £1-3,000 pa and £3-5,000 pa categories having 17% each. More light is thrown on school budgets when one considers that 34% of schools had less budget this year than last, with 48% having the same as last year (which, in effect, is a cut to the value of the rate of inflation), but only 18% had any increase on their budget year on year.

20 Twitter Chats Every Librarian Should Know About. Carnegie winner Patrick Ness attacks library cuts. 23 June 2011Last updated at 16:27 By Tim Masters Entertainment and Arts correspondent, BBC News All the books in Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal Author Patrick Ness has criticised Education Secretary Michael Gove over library closures as he accepted a prestigious children's fiction prize.

Carnegie winner Patrick Ness attacks library cuts

Ness was awarded the Cilip Carnegie Medal for his novel Monsters of Men at a ceremony in London. "We must accept that it is not only libraries that are under threat, but librarians as well," Ness said. The prize is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book for young people. Ness's winning novel is the third and final book of the Chaos Walking trilogy about the power struggles on a planet where private thoughts are audible. The US-born author described decisions to partially staff libraries with volunteers as "a one-sentence, Big Society idea whose consequences and ramifications they haven't even remotely considered".

Book disposal and recycling services – The Book Rescuers. iLibrarian. Renaissance Learning. The time for Libraries is NOW. The writing's on the library wall - and I don't mind - News - TES Connect. Comment:Last Updated:9 March, 2011Section:FE news Around 10 years ago some strange things started to happen to my college’s library.

The writing's on the library wall - and I don't mind - News - TES Connect

For a start the name of the place changed. It wasn’t called a library any more - it was to be known as the learning centre. (Interestingly, though, the people who ran it weren’t rebranded as learning centerians, having to content themselves instead with the dusty old tag of librarian.) But it wasn’t only the sign above the door that changed.

For a while it was a contest: computers versus books; new against old. But this hasn’t only been happening in colleges. Some of his arguments hit home. I like to think I first learned to use my brain through reading adult tomes when I was still only on the fringes of adulthood. Another of the campaigner’s points concerned books as “objects”. Certainly, the great revolution we have already experienced in information “delivery” has largely passed the library by.