Jade began her teaching career as an English and History teacher, but when her school library was completely destroyed by fire, she saw first-hand the impact that a lack of a school library had on the students, teachers, and wider community. This inspired her to retrain to become a teacher librarian. She has now been a teacher librarian for three years, and has focused on developing a needs-based and engaging library service from the ground up. Her passions are nurturing a culture of and passion for reading, instilling a strong sense of student leadership in the library, and using Instagram as a platform to connect with students, authors, and readers all around the world.
Breakout Session One: Creating a vibrant physical space in the library
Developing and managing a relevant and vibrant collection is the first vital step in creating a culture of reading in a school library, but to truly nurture a culture of reading, promotion of your collection is absolutely vital. This session will look at how to utilize the physical space through timely, themed displays and book talks to create a vibrant library space that invites students to dive into the magic of reading. Whilst the presenter is based in a secondary setting, this would also be suitable for primary school teacher librarians.
Breakout Session Two: Library Leaders, Book Week and Social Media in the Secondary Library setting
Student leadership in the library and book week parades are often considered to be the purview of primary school libraries, but it’s possible to have these as key elements of a vibrant secondary library service. This session will outline how to establish a vibrant student librarian team using Jade’s own personal experiences establishing a team that is now 32 students strong, and establish book week celebrations (including a character dress up day) in a high school. It will also outline the power of using Instagram to connect with students outside the physical confines of the library, and how this can be a powerful tool to nurture a school-wide culture of reading, promote school events, and connect with authors.