Browsing Archive: January, 2009

Censorship

Posted by Jo on Friday, January 30, 2009, In : Professional Ethics 
Censorship is a subject that frequently rears its ugly head in school libraries. I take a firm anti-censorship stance and fortunately have the backing of my SLT; but often school librarians find themselves in the difficult position of having to justify stocking a book to outraged parents or teachers. And unfortunately, this leads to a tendency in some librarians to self-censor, in the hope of avoiding such situations. It is my personal view that the ethics of our profession clearly state our ...
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Overheard in the library...

Posted by Jo on Friday, January 23, 2009, In : Overheard in the library 
Of the SLA's inspirational quote from Barack Obama poster displayed in the library:
-Who's that guy?
-Isn't he Martin Luther King?
-Thought he was dead?
Priceless!
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Twilight

Posted by Jo on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, In : Reviews 
Did the girly thing and went to see the film of Twilight at the weekend! The novel has been phenomenal in school - even boys have been reading it! I've read the first two books and enjoyed them, with a caveat. Guess it's my age, but the dippy heroine falls for tall dark and handsome boy (who at first is mean to her then declares all-consuming love) is a little tired when you're in your thirties and have a bit of life experience behind you. But I also totally agree with the Guardian reviewer; ...
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Chapter One

Posted by Jo on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, In : Creative Writing 
Well, over the Christmas hols I did manage to do some writing after all! I've redrafted Chapter One of Henbane Hearth, as something really was off-key with it. I realised that my narrative voice wasn't working, so I've moved to third-person rather than first-person narration, and edited lots of the background fluff, so it's tighter. It has the benefit that I can get more into the heads of other characters rather than seeing everything from Tan's (the heroine's) POV, so hopefully won't get too...
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To MCLIP or not to MCLIP

Posted by Jo on Tuesday, January 6, 2009, In : School Librarianship 
It's that time of year again - deciding whether or not to take out membership of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Informational Professionals) and be able to call myself a Chartered Librarian. I'd really like to and I feel it's important for our status, both in schools and within CILIP itself. But it is darned expensive just after Christmas and I've never really felt that I got anything for the money, other than a cosy glow. (My students love that my postnominals used to spell ALABAM...
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