With United Kingdom students returning to school, we’d like to send out a big “welcome back!” to all the library staff out there. Start of year procedures are probably well underway with student records to add and update, lending rules to modify and several other admin duties.
For all the Oliver v5 users out there, we have a collection of start of year processes videos on the Customer Portal to help you with this. Simply go to Learn > Year in the life of the library.
Once you have your admin under control its time to move onto the fun stuff! Here are some ideas we had...
Displays are a great way to engage students with the library! Some oldy but goody display favourites of ours include:
Perhaps you could tie your welcome back display in with a reading list that you can share with staff and students in a welcome back email (whilst inviting them to come and take a peek at your brilliant new display).
Other ideas include creating a reading list of popular reads from last term, events and celebrations, reading awards or challenges, or even involving teachers and creating reading lists for assignments or staff favourite books (another great display idea!).
For Oliver users, check out our blog Everything you wanted to know about reading lists but were afraid to ask for more tips and some short ‘how to’ videos.
Your library home page can be an effective way to communicate with students and staff, to promote the library and events, and to showcase resources.
To get the most out of your library management system, and support your students, it can be helpful to provide a guided tour for new or returning students.
To help support Oliver users, we have created Orbit and Oliver guided tour videos for students (below) which can be embedded on your library home page, especially helpful if you don’t have time or opportunity to deliver an orientation program.
There are a number of fantastic associations, networks social media groups, and passionate individuals out there that offer resources and support to school library staff. To help get you started read School library leaders, advocates, and influencers, which features comments from the 2020 School Library Survey – United Kingdom. (Many of those mentioned can also be found on Twitter).
Oliver v5 users can also connect with other users, both locally and globally, via the Customer Portal. The Customer Portal is a great place to ask questions, share your knowledge, join discussion groups, and access training documentation and videos. To learn more, click on the links below.
SHOUT… about your library, about your new display, about information literacy, about research skills, about your new stock, about your old stock, about how great you are, because you are, and your students need you and their library!
Looking for ideas to promote the library? Here are some tips from respondents to the School Library Surveys:
Finally, take a minute to pause (perhaps with a nice cuppa!) and enjoy being back in your school library.