Elizabeth Hutchinson walking the cliffs in Guernsey

Petit Bot, Guernsey - Photo by Lauren Tyrrell 

About Me

 

I am a trainer and adviser for school libraries. This includes training for school librarians as well as teachers. I am interested in enabling collaboration between teachers and school librarians in order to bring value to education and the curriculum through the school library. School libraries should be at the heart of teaching and learning. Many studies have shown that a good school library that works within the curriculum can bring benefits to all students, especially those in poorer communities. However many school libraries sit on the outskirts of the education process and lack the support from the SLT (Senior Leadership Team). This is more down to a lack of knowledge and understanding about what school libraries can do rather than a lack of budget. 

I not only provide training to empower school librarians with the tools they need to move their library forward and to give them a voice but I also work alongside schools, teachers and SLT helping them to understand and realise the value of their school library. If you want to know more please feel free to contact me

More about me... 

 

I am a Chartered Librarian and Fellow of CILIP. My career has included being a school librarian with teaching experience, an SLS librarian and finishing as Head of a Schools' Library Service, Guernsey. 

I am an international speaker, renowned blogger, author and have written many journal articles for professional magazines including, CILIP Information Professional. 

I am interested in a school librarians role within inquiry learning and was the first adopter of FOSIL beyond Oakham School in 2013 and was the first member of the FOSIL Group beyond Oakham School in 2019. Since then, I have worked tirelessly advocating for FOSIL-based inquiry learning.


I was a finalist and runner up in the LILAC Information Literacy Award in 2016 and shortlisted again in 2020. I was awarded the BEM in the 2020 New Year honours list for services to libraries. 

 

I am the founder of an online forum to provide CPD (Continued Professional Development) called #LIbraryStaffLoveLearning.  Providing cost-effective (sometimes free) learning for school library staff. This has expanded to include #LSLLF and #LSLLTS 

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About this website
 

Most of my website is free to access. However, I now have a membership package that enables you to access all my pre-recorded webinars, recordings of our Twitter Spaces chats, a professional discussion group and membership deals on any training I offer. Please check out the prices and what the package includes here. 

 

TESTIMONIALS

I’ve always been committed to helping school librarians and teachers thrive and reach their goals. Every individual is important to me, and it’s my pleasure to share some of their reviews with you. For additional information, get in touch today.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"The training helped me to build on what I know professionally, extending my knowledge, new ideas, practical and I can take it back to school to use tomorrow". 

—  School Librarian