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An introduction to school librarianship
An introduction to school librarianship

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Session 1: A librarian’s role in the school


The educational landscape is subject to constant change. Being aware of this and responding accordingly is, therefore, key to the success of the librarian’s role and their library. All who work in school libraries, whatever their level of qualification, will benefit from learning about ways in which they can ensure their library provision is current and relevant.

By ensuring your library’s strategies and policies are aligned with those of the school itself, you will be better placed to support your school, your colleagues, and your stakeholders’ needs effectively. In this first session, by referring to your school’s strategies and policies, you will learn how to maximise the potential of your library provision and shape your role in the school. To help you achieve this, you will need a library development plan. This will form the focus of the first part of this session.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • understand how your library development plan can support your school
  • recognise the ways in which the library can support teaching colleagues and the curriculum
  • identify stakeholders and their needs.

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