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An introduction to school librarianship
An introduction to school librarianship

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5 Summary of Session 4

In this session, you have explored the importance of reading for pleasure and how you can foster a reading-rich culture in your school. In particular, you have considered the importance of fiction as a gateway to reading enjoyment and seen some of the ways you can use marketing and promotion to encourage reading. You have also thought about other strategies you can adopt to further this aim such as reading schemes and a considered approach to collection management, both of which can help drive engagement with your library.

Continuing on a similar theme, you also explored the importance of elevating reading to a special status, distinguishing it from schoolwork, and dispelling negative associations in students’ minds. This can be achieved through a variety of means such as competitions and special events which create a buzz throughout school, and book clubs structured around students’ own interests.

In the next session, you will further develop these themes discovering how creatively marketing your library’s offering, enlisting role models to your cause, and encouraging non-fiction reading can all help you embed literacy in your school.

You are now halfway through the course. The Open University would really appreciate your feedback and suggestions for future improvement in our optional end-of-course survey [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , which you will also have an opportunity to complete at the end of Session 8. Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.

You should now go to Session 5.