Schools Library Service

The Schools Library Service (SLS) supports school libraries throughout the country by providing quality resources, consultancy and training

Services available on a subscription basis include:

  • Project loans (KS1 – KS2) – these consist of a selection of relevant resources, professionally selected to support the curriculum and loaned to the school for one term
  • Fiction loans (KS1 – KS4) – these are selections of up to date, quality fiction books. They may be loaned by a school for one year with an option to exchange the loan after six months
  • Planning and designing school libraries
  • Organising stock – editing, classification, labelling and guiding
  • Automating learning resource centres
  • Developing policies and development plans
  • Promoting the use of the library/resources within school
  • Selecting stock – what to buy, what to keep and what not to keep
  • Information skills – training for teachers and pupils in the school library
  • Reader development – inspiring a love of books, developing the reading habit in children and encouraging reluctant readers
  • Post Inspectorate support work on the school library and its resources
  • Training for librarians and ancillaries
  • Book promotion and book events, talks and author visits
  • In-service training for teachers

The SLS-UK School Library Award:  launched in September 2017, this award is administered by local Schools Library Services across the UK and seeks to accredit school libraries through a straightforward and cost-effective self-assessment process.  It results  in an external evaluation of  a school library’s performance resulting in national accreditation and a certificate. A very informative account of the award and how it works can be found in: the SLA’s School Librarian Vol. 65(4), Winter 2107, p.202-4

Unfortunately due to government cut-backs Schools Library Services no longer operate in all local authority areas within the LIPSSEE catchment zone. The SLA have a very useful list of Schools Library Services Throughout the UK where you can check availability. They also produce a SLS Map which is still a work in progress but is very useful as it enables you to locate your nearest SLS and connects you directly to their website. As the SLS are independently funded bodies charges can vary, so sometimes it is more prudent for school librarians to buy into services outside their local area. This is permitted!

(Last updated by Denise Reed on 25 November, 2017)
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