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Tuesday, 15th July 2014

UK: The Beating Heart of the School

Source: Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group (UK) via CILIP

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School libraries and school library provision are at a critical juncture.    In a time of educational reform, financial constraints and devolution of decision making powers, every aspect of school life has to demonstrate its value to the wellbeing and attainment of the pupils in school. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Libraries has commissioned a report into the issues facing school libraries and librarians and how the role that they play in educational attainment could be better clarified for government, local authorities and head teachers.

There is no complete picture on school library provision available to government, which makes attempting to improve it more difficult. Head teachers and governors have many important decisions to make and need good information to make that process easier. The report has a particular focus on England but the primary research within it covers all four nations of the UK and references are made to the differences between them. It explores the attitude of head teachers and the government to school libraries and librarians. It makes four key recommendations.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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