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Inspiring Libraries - Hertfordshire Library Strategy
Hertfordshire County Council’s strategy for a modern and sustainable library service sets out the vision for Hertfordshire Library Service for the next ten years. This follows on from a public consultation last year, when we received the views of over 15,000 Hertfordshire residents.
The new strategy focuses on three key themes.
Some of the changes proposed in the new strategy include:
The county council will continue to ensure that vulnerable and isolated people unable to visit their local library can still access library services.
More details on the implementation of the new strategy will be available in September and consultation with local communities will take place where specific recommendations affect local library services
You can read the strategy in full at:
Hertfordshire Public Libraries
Information for teachers:
Herts for Learning - Dual and Foreign Language Collection
There are approximately 2000 books and over 60 different languages available to support speakers of other languages available for loan. The collection aims to support speakers of, and not learners of, a language. The books range from nursery to lower secondary but are predominantly fiction. The majority of dual language books support KS1 and KS2. For some of the most popular novels we are able to supply the foreign language edition alongside the English version, for example Jacqueline Wilson and JK Rowling.
There will be a small lending fee for this service.
For further information please visit:
Visually Impaired Collection
This collection of large print books and audio books is now administered by:
Visual Impairment Team
JCS online resources
In 2009 SLS set up a JCS buying group to enable schools to obtain good quality online resources at a significant discount – this group is continuing as a regional consortium. For information on resources currently available at consortia rates see:
To set up trials, for new subscriptions or for queries about existing subscriptions, please contact Sarah Rushworth on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01865 339461.
School Library Association (SLA)
CILIP (including School Libraries Group)
National Literacy Trust (including Schools Network)
The Reading Agency (including Summer Reading Challenge & Chatterbooks reading groups)
Stories From The Web
Neighbouring Schools Library Services
SLS Map on SLA web site
Neighbouring Schools Library Services (click name for web site):
Here are contact details for some of the trainers and consultants who have been regular visitors to SLS over the years:
Lynne Brent (display workshops) - lynnebrent@hotmail
Helen Bromley (literacy speaker, trainer and writer) - email@example.com
Geoff Dubber (primary and secondary school libraries)
Anne Harding (libraries, reading and learning)
Jerry Hurst (supporting work with readers and learners)
Paul Johnson (literacy through the book arts)
Book information online
Books for Keeps (online magazine – articles & reviews)
Achuka (children’s book blog – links to reviews etc.)
Some useful publications
Carousel (termly magazine – articles & reviews)
The School Librarian (SLA quarterly magazine)
SLA Guidelines series (useful handbooks on school library topics)
Peters (library suppliers)
Davids Bookshop, Letchworth
Other suppliers such as Kent Book Company, Askews etc.
Graham Phillips (Equipment Officer, Hertfordshire Business Services)
Crossbrook (library shelving and other furniture)
(Note: Crossbrook has a contract for library furniture for Hertfordshire schools so orders should be placed via Graham Phillips to obtain discount)
Kit Shop (Peters)
Specialist library equipment suppliers
Library management systems
MLS (Junior Librarian & JL.net)
Softlink (Alice & Oliver)
(Links current at 31st March 2012)