I am an independent trainer and adviser specialising in all aspects of school libraries. My career has included being a school librarian, an SLS librarian and finally Head of a Schools' Library Service.
I am an international speaker, Vice-Chair of the #GreatSchoolLibraries campaign, a committee member for the CILIP SLG (School Library Group), renowned blogger and a regular columnist in the CILIP ‘Information Professional’.
As a finalist and runner up in the LILAC Information Literacy Award, I believe in the importance of school librarians and good school libraries, demonstrating how they can impact student learning and enhance teaching.
I also run an online forum to provide CPD (Continued Professional Development) providing cost effective learning for school library staff.
It was definitely a lucky day for me when I 'found' you on Twitter a couple of years ago. Your passion for advocating for school libraries is quite contagious and has infected me (in the best possible way) all the way at the other end of the world.
Your blog posts have been very informative; from giving me practical tips and ideas on how to reach out to school staff for collaboration to encouraging me to take charge of my own learning and continuing professional development.
I am loving the online book-club you have initiated. Every book and article recommended by you has been extremely relevant to us in the world of libraries, regardless of the type of library we work in. It has been empowering to connect with other school librarians all over the world whilst we gather to 'chat' about our passions and share our experiences.
2018 challenged me with the potential closure of the school library and the attitude of senior leadership towards libraries. 2019 sees me in a new role (in another school) as a library technician in charge of the library. All the reads, the book-club chats, and our conversations have been instrumental in helping me cope with these major changes and find the confidence to speak up.
Thank you for your mentorship (because that is what it has been).
Annie Pinto / Library Technician
Thank you so much for the training, blogging and online support that you have given me over the last few years. Truly you have been an inspiration and positive force for good.
Linda Evans / Librarian