School Library Association

Yorkshire and Humberside Branch

Courses and Events



Our Summer Social and AGM took place in the beautiful, historic city of York on Saturday, 18 June from 2.00 – 5.00pm.

As a change from our usual evening meal we had a Vintage Afternoon Tea in the fantastic Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre, England's oldest living convent, which was founded in 1686 as a school for girls. For more details of this wonderful venue, please visit their website at

We then moved next door to St Bede's Pastoral Centre for our AGM. The Pastoral Centre was opened in 1987 when a small community of Benedictines from Ampleforth Abbey leased the property from the CJ (Congregation of Jesus), formerly the IBVM community. (

The event was a unique opportunity to meet with colleagues from across the whole of Yorkshire and Humberside in an informal, social setting. The value of networking in this way cannot be overemphasised.


Trainer: Angela Curran, Independent Consultant and Advisor in English and Literacy

Thursday 4 February 2016

at Hall Cross Academy, Thorne Road, Doncaster DN1 2HY

9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Angie Curran is currently an independent consultant and adviser in English and literacy. She is a Chartered Educational Assessor, Chair of the London branch of the National Association of Advisers for English and an executive member of the NATE National Writing Project. She taught English for 26 years in secondary comprehensive schools and was the Advisory Teacher for Education in/for a Multicultural Society in Croydon Education Authority before becoming the cross phase English and literacy advisor for the London Borough of Lewisham working with primary and secondary schools and Post 16 colleges.

Further Details and Booking Slip (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 50 KB)


An Evening with Gez Walsh

Friday 12 June 2015

at Cleckheaton Golf Club, 483 Bradford Road, Cleckheaton BD19 6BU

7.00 p.m. AGM

7.30 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. Dinner

Further details of the course (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 174 KB)


Trainer: Patricia Metham, Independent Consultant and Trainer

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

at Ashville College, Green Lane, Harrogate HG2 9JP, 9.00 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Further Details for 2015 course Inspecting School Library Provision, trainer Patricia Metham (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 454 KB)

This course is designed to equip School Librarians with the knowledge they need to comply with the new OFSTED guidelines for School Libraries.

Patricia Metham was OFSTED's English lead and has a very strong sympathy for School Librarians and their work. She has had a very rich and varied career, some of which is detailed on the further details and booking form above.

Patricia left Ofsted in August 2014 to work as a freelance consultant. Currently her main commitments are within East Sussex, providing strategic support for schools causing concern and also, as an English and literacy specialist, drawing up a review and support framework specifically for English and literacy in the county. She also still gives keynote presentations and runs workshops on any aspect of English and literacy across England - most recently on reading.


Trainer: Sarah Pavey, Independent Consultant and Trainer in School Libraries

For further details go to Sarah's website:

Held on Monday, 1 December 2014

at the Hepworth Room, Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA (, 9.00 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.


Held on Friday 6 June 2014 in the Byron Room at The Bridge Hotel & Spa, Walshford, Nr. Wetherby, LS22 5HS

Malcolm Rose began writing stories as a hobby while taking a PhD in chemistry at York University. He became a Lecturer in Chemistry at various universities but he put aside his test-tubes eighteen years ago to become a full-time author for young people. In other words, he used to add chemicals together, brew them up a bit and investigate what happened, but now he mixes fictional characters, stirs in a bit of conflict and investigates what happens. Either can be colourful or even explosive. He lives near Sheffield and he has written 39 science-based thrillers, mysteries and crime stories, highlighting the forensic science that lurks behind police investigations. In his latest series – the Jordan Stryker books – he uses modern and near-future medicine to build a bionic agent. The books are appropriate for teenage and pre-teen readers. Malcolm has won the Angus Book Award twice and the Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year Award.

Malcolm has just begun working on a new quirky crime series called The Outer Reaches. Readers should prepare themselves for some very gruesome murders...

Our social and evening with Malcolm Rose was preceded by our AGM.


at Library Headquarters, Northallerton, Friday 21st March 2014, 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

A half day training course for school librarians and library staff, giving a good basic appreciation of the underlying principles of classification and cataloguing.


Jan Hepworth and Sheila Silvester are School Library consultants working for North Yorkshire School Library Service and both bring to this course more than twenty years' experience of organising the school library environment.

Closing Date: Monday 17th March 2014

RESEARCH AND STUDY SKILLS FOR SIXTH FORMERS: Supporting the Transition to University

at York St John University, York, Friday 15th November 2013, 1.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

A half-day course for Librarians and Teaching Staff, covering the all-important topic of study skills and information literacy for sixth-formers as they prepare to move on to higher education, including advice on supporting students studying the EPQ. Cost: £10.00 per person

Directions to YSG


We held our annual get-together on 7 June at the Bridge Hotel, Walshford, near Wetherby ( It was a glorious evening and we were very fortunate to hold our meeting and meal in the Byron Suite which was a beautiful and elegant setting.

The AGM kicked off the evening with a round up of the year’s activities and plans for the future. This was followed by a superb meal, provided by The Bridge Hotel and giving us all chance to unwind, catch up and meet new school librarians from the region. 

To round off we divided into groups for a literary quiz!  This was hosted by Dave Cryer, who runs drama and creative writing workshops in schools around the country (see for more details).  Dave was also kind enough to run a draw on the evening for a free half day workshop!

The evening was such a success, and the venue so lovely, that we intend to use it again next year (see below for more details).


Thursday 5th July 2012

This year’s social event and AGM was held at Cleckheaton Golf Club. Our after-dinner speaker was author and creative writing tutor Martyn Bedford.

After a delicious meal and short quiz, Martyn, who has recently won awards for his first teenage novel, Flip, spoke of his childhood growing up in Croydon, his career as a journalist and what made him decide to become a writer.

Martyn read an extract from his second teenage book, Never Ending, which is due for publication in January 2014. We can’t wait!

Summer Social 2012 with Martyn Bedford

Summer Social 2012 with Martyn Bedford


Wednesday 2nd November 2011

Ripon Grammar School


09.00 Registration and refreshments
09.15 - 09.30 Introduction to the Day
09.30 - 11.15 What is an E-Book? Publishing trends and initiatives
11.15 - 11.30 Coffee
11.30 - 13.00 E-Books: Guided practical at workstations
13.00 - 13.45 Lunch
13.45 - 14.55 Advantages & Constraints of E-Books
followed by
Collection Management Issues: Business Models and Licensing
14.55 - 15.10 Coffee
15.10 - 16.00 Facilitating Access & Promotion/Marketing
16.00 Workshop ends

Target audience: school library staff

Course outline:

An introductory course designed to support school librarians who are beginning to set up e-book collections.

You will have the opportunity to explore different e-books including a range of commercially-published and free reference works, monographs, textbooks, and fiction. Examples will include individual titles and also collections of e-books, such as those offered by NetLibrary, Credo, MyiLibrary and Questia. JISC Collections for Schools will also be introduced.

The course will also help to clarify the new opportunities e-books offer for school libraries and their users, and will explore some of the significant collection management and promotional issues which challenge school librarians.

In practical exercises, delegates can explore examples of online e-books in a structured way and will examine the major collection management, and marketing and promotion issues, enabling them to compare their findings with current professional practice.


Chris Armstrong and Ray Lonsdale have been working in the field of e-book development for the past 11 years. They are members of the Joint Information Systems Committee e-Book Working Group, which has been promoting the publishing and uptake of e-books in higher and further education and sixth form colleges. Ray is Reader in Information Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a former editor of The School Librarian. For the past 20 years, Chris has run a consultancy and training company, Information Automation Limited, specialising in the field of e-publishing and e-resources. Chris and Ray have been conducting training courses in the field of electronic information nationally and internationally for some years.

Saviour Pirotta2011 Summer Social

An evening with Saviour Pirotta, Author and Storyteller

At the Black Swan Inn, 23 Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PR

Thursday 30th June at 7.30 p.m.

This year’s AGM and Social event was held at the Black Swan Inn, York. This olde-worlde pub is full of atmosphere, and provided a fitting backdrop for our after dinner speaker, children’s author and storyteller, Saviour Pirotta.

Ten guests, including Saviour, gathered for drinks in the bar. Our AGM, and the meal, were held in the pub’s darkly panelled Oak Room. Following the meal, Saviour, who has written more than 100 books for children, entertained us with stories about how, as a child, he came to love books and reading, before moving from his native Malta to England to become a writer. Most of his writing is centred on myths and traditional tales, and, as the evening light faded, we listened with rapt attention as he told the most gruesome version of Little Red Riding Hood … definitely not one for the children!

Everyone agreed that we could have spent hours listening to his tales, and judging by the way the waitress lingered over the table clearing, it would seem that we were not the only ones!

Saviour Pirotta

Saviour Pirotta has published over 100 titles for children, many re-telling favourite fairytales and legends.

His book Bible Stories in Indonesia was published in April 2011, and his forthcoming title, Grimm’s Fairy Tales - The Series, is due for publication in June.

Saviour regularly visits schools, and recently appeared at the Scarborough Literature Festival. His (often outrageous) stories are greatly enjoyed by children and adults alike!

The Yorkshire and Humberside Branch SLA Annual General meeting was held prior to dinner at 7.00pm


Trainer: Anne-Marie Tarter

Tuesday, 10th May 2011 At Harrogate Ladies’ College, Clarence Drive, Harrogate HG1 2PE

Course outline:

The day explored how a school librarian can use the tools of marketing to ensure that the library provides an information service that is tailored specifically for the needs of the school and is essential to the school’s teaching and learning.

Participants were asked to bring a copy of their school’s development plan or most recent OFSTED report. In addition, if they have written any development plans or used any method of assessing the library, those documents should be brought along on the day as well.

During the day delegates had the opportunity to:

  • Assess the library’s current position in the school
  • Explore methods of finding out what the school needs from the library
  • Consider possible methods of making more of an impact in the school
  • Discover ways in which the role of the school library is changing and how that role can be effectively managed
  • Begin to plan for the future

Outline of the day


9.00 Registration and refreshments
9.30 - 10.15 Take a Look in the Mirror An opportunity for delegates to assess the current position of the library within the school.
10.15 - 11.00Consider a ‘New Look’ for your library Delegates will look at a range of strategies for using marketing techniques in raising the profile of the library in school.
11.00 - 11.15 Coffee
11.15 - 12.00 What do you think might fit? Working in pairs the delegates will begin to explore ways of improving the profile of the library in their school.
12.00 - 12.45 Uncovering those ‘problem areas’…. Sharing strategies for how to solve even the trickiest challenges
12.45 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.30 A chance to try things on…. Evaluate this morning's progress & take the planning a step further by writing concrete plans for a specific reading promotion.
14.30 - 15.00 It’s time to sound those trumpets! (over a cuppa)
15.00 - 15.30 What will your library look like in the year ahead?

    Date: Friday 12th November
    Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
    Location: National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York
    York St John University

Course description
An exciting opportunity to visit 2 libraries that will offer an insight into 2 different library sectors. The morning will be spent at the National Railway Museum ( we will have a tour of the library facilities of this national museum and its unique collection. The afternoon will be spent at York St John University where we will get a beneficial insight into how we can help our sixth formers prepare for university life.The cost includes lunch at the Railway Museum, all refreshments and return transfers to York St John University.

The day will be of interest to those seeking ACLIP/Chartership and Librarians, Teachers and Learning Centre Managers who work with sixth formers.

Outline of the day
10.00 Registration and refreshments at National Railway Museum
10.30 Look around the Search Engine Library and tour of the stores
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Taxi transfers to York St John University
13.30 Talk by York St John’s Librarians, “How School Librarians can help sixth formers who are leaving school for university.”
Tour around Fountains Learning Centre and refreshments
16:00 Taxi transfers to York Station

The National Railway Museum is located by York Station. There is an exit from the station to the museum entrance.
Parking at the Railway Museum is £7 per day,
but the York Park and Ride scheme offers a reliable and frequent service from all major routes into the city for just £2.30.
for more information.

Book by Monday 1st November, 2010

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  • Wed 26 May 2010 | 7.30 p.m. for 8.00 p.m.
    Social and AGM: An evening with Kev F. Sutherland
    The Wheatsheaf Conference and Banqueting Centre
    Wheatsheaf Conference and Banqueting Centre

    Our summer social event for this year was dinner and "An evening with Kev. F Sutherland" - a comic illustrator and caricaturist known mostly for his work on the "Beano". Kev is extremely funny and kept us all entertained. This was held at a new venue for this year, The Wheatsheaf Conference and Banqueting Centre just off the M62 at Normanton near Wakefield. We also held our AGM on the same evening as the summer social.

  • Wed 11 November 2009 | 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
    "Sorting the 6th" and Visit to the British Library at Boston Spa
    with Geoff Dubber
    The British Library, Boston Spa, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ

    Outline of the Day:
    10.00 Registration and refreshments
    10.20 Housekeeping
    10.30 Tour of the British Library
    12.00 Lunch
    12.45 Inter-Library Loan Talk: British Library staff will detail offers libraries can undertake from Boston Spa
    13.15 Sorting the 6th. Geoff Dubber.
    15.45 Plenary
    16.00 Close

    Expected Learning Outcomes:
    Delegates can expect to gain excellent CPD for those intending to, or undertaking, ACLIP or MCLIP routes to professional qualification, and ideas and actions to help achieve best practice in meeting the needs, attracting usage and relating to that most difficult of "school children", the young adults in the Sixth Form.

    Geoff Dubber (
    Geoff Dubber is the current Chair of the School Library Association, long-term member of the executive committee and a staunch advocate of school libraries, with 35+ years' experience of working in the sector.
    A name well known to most, he is a freelance consultant/trainer who offers myriad courses in addition to publishing as author/co-author many works relating to school libraries, as well as being publications co-ordinator for the SLA.

    £70 for SLA Members, £85 for Non-Members. Includes buffet lunch and refreshments.

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  • Thu 2 July 2009 | 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.
    An Evening with Alan Gibbons
    Children's Author, Library Champion and Leader of the 'Campaign for the Book'
    The Royal Suite, Doncaster Racecourse, Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6BB
    Admission includes: Three-course meal, free drink on entry, after-dinner talk and book signing. There was a bar all evening and Alan's books were available for sale. All for just £30!
    The Yorkshire and Humberside SLA AGM was held prior to the dinner at 7.15 pm.
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    The Royal Suite at Doncaster Racecourse is a stunning location with panoramic views from a private balcony over the racecourse and South Yorkshire. The racecourse is easy to get to by car and is just five minutes from Doncaster Interchange.

  • Tue 1 July 2008 | 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.
    Helena Pielichaty talks NYR and herself
    The Lazarus Suite, Doncaster Race Course
    Come to the Lazarus Suite, dress code smart, for food, fun and festivity. Ticket (£30) includes three course meal, first drink (wine or soft drink), 20% discount voucher for a future branch-run course AND a chance to win a signed Helena Pielichaty tome!
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  • Wed 19 November 2008
    Information Literacy | Anne-Marie Tarter, Librarian at Ripon Grammar School
    Dixon's City Academy, Bradford
    Details and course outline to follow
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      form for Marianne Bradnock, Web 2.0, see below

  • Wed 1 April 2009
    Web 2.0 | Marianne Bradnock, Head of Information Services at Dulwich College
    National Science Learning Centre, York
    ICT is an increasing part of the school librarian's role. Marianne Bradnock is experienced in many aspects of ICT and Web 2.0, having delivered training in this area, as well as writing the invaluable SLA Guideline Blogs and Bytes: ICT and the Secondary School Library. This event will be very hands on, with time to explore some Web 2.0 tools for yourself in a supportive environment.
    · Download booking form (Adobe PDF, 83 KB - includes booking
      form for Anne-Marie Tarter, Information Literacy, see above
  • Tue 9 October 2007 | 19.00 for 19.30
    Louise Rennison Evening (Kirklees and Calderdale Children's Book Group)
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  • Tue 4 December 2007 | 10.00 - 16.00
    The Next Step: Managing Up, Down and All Around | Jerry Hurst
    Hull Collegiate School, Tranby Croft, Anlaby, East Yorkshire, HU10 7EH
    This course is for all involved in the management of school libraries. Exploring three key elements of management; project management, negotiation skills and managing staff. Delegates will learn of accepted workable theories and practical experiences. It is expected delegates will either be managing a Library already or wish to move to this level, and be Head of Department regardless of their actual job title or in-house status.
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  • Tue 11 December 2007 | 09.30 - 16.00
    Promoting Reading to Young People in Libraries | Anne Harding
    (In association with SINTO)
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  • Thu 21 February 2008 | 09.00 - 15.15
    Transition KS2-3: Reaching Y6, Keeping Y7
    | Sarah Osbourne
    Selby High School, Leeds Road, Selby, North Yorkshire YO8 4HT
    The National Year of Reading will take place in 2008 - ten years on from the first Year of Reading - to promote reading for pleasure in the family and beyond and help to build a nation of readers. This workshop will look at why reading for pleasure should be a priority in schools and will provide the practical ideas and tools needed to develop a whole-school reading culture. There will be a particular focus on bridging the primary-secondary transfer gap and family engagement.
    The ideas workshop is a chance for us all to share any ideas we have for tackling KS2-3 Transition. Bring along details of any events you have run, visits you have made or experiences you have had! We can all go home with new plans for next year.

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    · View feedback form evaluation (Adobe PDF, 33 KB)

  • Wed 14 May 2008 | 09.00 - 15.15
    Try Before You Buy
    Lesley Hurworth, Alec Williams and Dave Cryer
    Hall Cross Upper School, Thorne Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN1 2HY
    Delegates are expected to suspend their adult sensibilities and take part as though a student taking part in an extra-curricular activity. At the end you will understand how it feels for a student to voluntarily take part in events we sometimes wonder why are not so popular, and also have gained confidence in offering activities based on books using props, drama, story-telling and such. Delegates will go home with a smile and a bounce in their step.
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    · View feedback form evaluation (Adobe PDF, 54 KB)

  • Fri 27 April 2007 | 09.00 - 16.30
    Self-Evaluation | Jerry Hurst
    Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 1DA
    This training day will help you to understand and use the new framework and is an ideal starting point for those responsible for secondary school library provision. Suitable for those responsible for secondary school library provision and those requiring further, practical understanding of the self-evaluation process for secondary schools
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  • Mon 11 June 2007 | 09.15 - 15.15
    Create Exciting Displays
    | The Alternative Display Company
    Hull Collegiate School, Tranby Croft, Anlaby, Nr Hull, East Yorkshire HU10 7EH
    Time is of the essence for most school librarians and this course gives you the opportunity to create visually exciting, professional-looking displays in minutes with a minimum of pre-installation preparation, using a range of cheap and readily available materials. Participants can expect to learn about :
  • • the tools of the trade
    • creating a 3-D effect
    • using leaflets, brochures etc. to enhance children’s work
    • using colour to catch the eye
    • making themed displays using props
    • suspended displays
    • stapling to everything!
    • displaying books and clothing
    • displaying and creating costumes

You will also be able to try out your new expertise in group workshops.
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Friday 9 February 2006 | Afternoon (and, optionally, evening)
Annual Workshop and AGM
The Bar Convent, York
· Full report, photos and AGM minutes

Thu 19 October 2006 | 10.00 - 16.15
Information Literacy | Anne Harding
Study Centre, Danum School Technology College, Armthorpe Road, Doncaster DN2 5QD
This course for school librarians and subject teachers will explore the meaning and importance of information literacy and identify practical strategies for supporting it through the library.
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Thursday 9 February 2006 | The Bar Convent, York
Annual Workshop and AGM
The SLA Yorkshire and Humberside Branch invites you to pick a package to suit you! Packages available include various combinations of training course, AGM, meal and mingle and an Evening at Borders. Full details of how to pick the right package for you can be found on the booking form.
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Friday 21 October 2005 | Bedern Hall, off Goodramgate, York
Tools of the Trade
A day course for school librarians on how to make the best use of recent professional publications.
View full details (on CILIP website)

Tuesday 28 June 2005 | West Yorkshire Playhouse
Budgeting for School Librarians
Session 1: Basic Accounting Terminology and Techniques
Session 2: Fundraising and Funds available to School Librarians
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