Supporting Your School : What we can do

Libraries are fantastic resources and need regular care and attention to keep them up-to-date and working well.  If you feel your library needs some attention, a health check by one of our experienced librarians is a good place to start.

A FREE initial one-hour advisory visit is included in your subscription to the Schools Library Service from which will emerge an action plan to get your library moving.  We will look at:

Primary Schools

  • ­  Library policy, development plans and budgets
  • ­  Classification, colour coding, library guiding and subject index posters
  • ­  Library design
  • ­  Stock audits and resource purchase, including equalities assessments
  • ­  Installation and management of computer systems for school libraries
  • ­  Electronic books and other e-resources
  • ­  Training for teachers, teaching assistants, governors and library staff
  •   Promoting the school library to all children and creating a reading culture
  • ­  Teaching information and library skills

Secondary Schools

We offer professional support for your secondary school librarian through:

  • advisory visits, telephone support and best practice wiki
  • membership of Tower Hamlets School Librarians Network
  • regular school librarian meetings (primary and secondary librarians working together) looking at news and collaboration on national & local reading initiatives, liaison with local public libraries and Idea Stores, best practice in running school libraries and recent new books for children and young people
  • up to two days’ INSET on library management issues, with discounted rate for further INSET
  • ability to borrow both children’s level resources and professional literature
  • access to our e-book platform

We can also help schools with recruitment by providing job descriptions, interview questions and model answers and attendance at interview

IT Support and user group meetings

Library management systems are an effective tool for librarians to:

  • Accurately keep track of school book borrowing
  • Monitor reading patterns and reading attainment
  • Collect important reading data and statistics for your school records
  • Enable pupils and staff to know exactly what resources are in the school and where to find them

However, the software requires managing! We offer annual library software health checks and weekly user-group meetings at the Schools Library Service that are free to subscribers.

Call us on 020 7364 6428 or use our contact form to get in touch about any of these services

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