ELISA visit to Boroughmuir High School

Another exciting Library visit organised by ELISA – this time it is a visit to the new Boroughmuir High School at Viewforth / Fountainbridge.  You may have seen the new building as you walk along the Union Canal.

Boroughmuir High School School moved to its brand new premises at Viewforth Edinburgh beside the Union Canal in February 2018. The state-of-the-art building now takes 1,165 pupils with the new facilities (including a roof-top social area and soundproof dance theatre) designed to make the most of a compact, inner-city site.

ELISA are invited on a tour of the Library on 8th June 2018 with Library Resource Centre Coordinator Fiona Aleksandrowicz. Fiona will discuss the planning of the move, its implementation, and show some of the Library’s resources and equipment as the service gets settled in the new space.

Tickets for the visit are available on Eventbrite 

 

Save Scotland’s school libraries

In 2015 the following authorities have proposed cuts to school library services:

• East Renfrewshire
• South Lanarkshire
• North Lanarkshire
• Falkirk Council

The Standing Literacy Commission (SLC) published their final report on the Scottish Government’s Literacy Action Plan.  The aim of the SLC report was to capture the impact of work undertaken across different sectors who have a direct influence on supporting literacy.  The following quote is taken directly from the SLC final report,

“…schools with school libraries and librarians achieved higher exam scores, leading to higher academic attainment; higher quality project work; successful curriculum and learning outcomes; more positive attitudes towards learning and increased motivation and self-esteem among pupils.”

Read more about the campaign and sign the petition

2/12. Lauren – School Librarian

Our own Lauren Thow on 23 (more) Librarians!!!

23 Librarians - and counting!

Lauren Thow is Library Resource Centre Co-ordinator at Portobello High School in Edinburgh.

I have always been a regular Library user, whether that be a Public, School or University Library, but I had never considered working in one.  After studying History then Law at University, I worked in a variety of advice and customer services roles.  Like many humanities students I felt indecisive about my career plans post-University, but increasingly felt that I would be more fulfilled working in education or the arts.  I took up volunteer work with Seven Stories, the Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle, which instantly re-ignited my passion for literature and showed me how rewarding working with young people could be.  I was lucky enough to then gain employment as a Senior Library Assistant at Whitley Bay High School in Newcastle.  Having had no prior Librarian training, this role involved a steep learning curve…

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The School That Went to War – Portobello High School on the radio

There’s still time to listen to the BBC Radio Scotland programmes about Portobello High School’s Roll of Honour from the First World War! Catch it before it’s too late

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I’ve been working with the history department helping students to research Portobello High School’s Roll of Honour from the First World War.  Our work has been turned into a BBC Radio Scotland radio show!

You can listen to the series here:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04l8p6y

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The School That Went to War – Portobello High School on the radio

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I’ve been working with the history department helping students to research Portobello High School’s Roll of Honour from the First World War.  Our work has been turned into a BBC Radio Scotland radio show!

You can listen to the series here:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04l8p6y