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CILIP Guidelines for Secondary School Libraries


This fully updated version of the CILIP-endorsed guidelines for secondary school libraries addresses the changing schools' landscape and impact of technological changes of recent years. Focusing on the librarian at the heart of the school, each chapter interweaves best practice, technological development and context-specific options to provide clear guidance and support for all involved in the provision of school library services. Amongst other key topics the Guidelines cover: • Providing quality resources • Information literacy • Reader development • Pro-active marketing • Evaluation • Partnerships and the wider community. Developed with an international audience in mind, these guidelines provide a comprehensive and flexible model for a modern school library service. Readership: This will be essential reading for all those who work in school library services, whatever their level of qualification. The guidelines will also be of interest to teachers, especially those in management positions, school governors, business people who service school libraries, and students of librarianship.
1. The school librarian and learning: CILIP's vision 2. Staffing and management 3. Policies and planning 4. The library environment 5. Management of learning resources 6. Information literacy 7. Developing students as readers 8. Marketing, promotion and advocacy 9. Evaluation 10. Partnerships Appendix 1. Example job description and person specification for a school librarian Appendix 2. Example job description and person specification for an assistant school librarian Appendix 3. Example job description and person specification for a school library assistant Appendix 4. Model questions and answers for recruitment interviews Appendix 5. Example school library staff progression framework and case studies Appendix 6. Example budget for setting up a new secondary school library Appendix 7. Example school improvement plan 2013–14 Appendix 8. Library policy template Appendix 9. Example procedures policies Appendix 10. Facilities checklist

Sue Shaper is Chair of the Schools Library Group National Committee, and Library Resources Director at The Broxbourne School, Hertfordshire.

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