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Secondary school librarians in partnership

Posted By Alison D. Brumwell, 15 March 2019
The importance of networking and building partnerships was in evidence at the first "cross border" Calderdale/Kirklees secondary schools network meeting earlier this week. Hosted by Calderdale Libraries, this gave delegates the opportunity for a tour of Halifax Library, which opened its doors in 2017. In addition to staff from Calderdale Libraries and SLS, delegates included librarians from Kirklees Libraries and Gillian Bennet, Subject Librarian at Kirklees College, who gave a presentation on the new Level 3 Apprenticeship in Library Information and Archive Services. The new apprenticeship will be rolled out at the college in September 2019. The 18-month course reflects the nature of a profession which is changing; in part, as an anticipated 45% of the workforce is due to retire in the next decade. The apprenticeship has already attracted attention and enquiries from local authorities across the country, in addition to the MOD and Bodleian Library. Secondary school librarians also had the chance to share good practice and to hear more about Kirklees Libraries' project work in the areas of mental health and well-being and early intervention for pupils at risk of exclusion. I was pleased to update everyone on the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, as the 2019 shortlists will be announced on 19th March. The meeting was so productive that we are aiming for another joint network meeting in the summer term at the new Springfield Sixth Form Centre (one of Kirklees College's six centres), Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

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