Today started with me going through what had happened at yesterday’s meeting with my supervisor as she’d been unable to attend. It was useful going back through the notes I’d taken as I could ask the questions I had about schemes such as Accelerated Reading and Rapid Reading which were mentioned yesterday. It was also good to highlight a couple of points that I’d been quite surprised by, and for my supervisor to put them into the context of the school libraries in the county.
I spent most of the morning working on the newsletter that is sent out by the Schools’ Library Service. This was a lovely way to spend a morning, I got to read the press releases and information about some wonderful events and competitions. It’s due to go live sometime next week so I shall make sure I link to it then. The morning was also spent eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards, I was thrilled that my personal favourite from the shortlist, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness was the winner of both awards.
This afternoon we went to the termly meeting of all of the school librarians working in the north of the county, their equivalent to yesterday’s meeting. It was again very interesting and useful, the education set up in the north of the county includes a number of schools that operate in the three-tier system (first school for Reception – Year 4, middle school for years 5 – 8 and high school for years 9 – 13) so there were some different issues being discussed. I also found it interesting seeing how the two different groups of librarians approached similar issues, there is a real variety of opinions and attitudes around.