An open letter to the Prime Minister re UK School Libraries has been sent by various organisations, including the CSG Information Literacy Group, in response to the statement made by the Government about the online petition to make school libraries statutory.
A small group of people from the Youth and School Libraries Joint Committee are putting together a Libraries for schools manifesto. The text below is the latest draft February 2010:
Every child, at every stage, is entitled to:
- designated library staff able to encourage ‘wider reading and reading for pleasure’
- a ‘skilled library practitioner’ to teach pupils to handle ‘information overload’, lifelong learning and employers’ demand for ‘problem-solvers and independent thinkers’
- a safe library environment inside and outside school hours, with help, resources and advice
- high-quality, wide-ranging, easily accessible resources to support the curriculum, carefully selected to suit their age, learning style and ability
- be valued as an individual, with reading materials ‘exploited by a knowledgeable person’ to support the whole person.
Every teaching team is entitled to a designated library professional who:
- understands the curriculum and their pastoral needs
- collaborates on curriculum planning and teaching
- works with other organisations within and beyond the school