“Harry — I think I’ve just understood something! I’ve got to go to the library!”
And she sprinted away, up the stairs.
“What does she understand?” said Harry distractedly, still looking around, trying to tell where the voice had come from.
“Loads more than I do,” said Ron, shaking his head.
“But why’s she got to go to the library?”
“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

In our last post we told you about the physical treasures housed in Lister Library, but there is much more to your school library than first meets the eye. Last year we upgraded our library catalogue to AccessIt and we are delighted with the functionality that this system brings. One of the best things about AccessIt is that staff and students are easily able to view and search the catalogue; simply select the AccessIt app on the Lister Website. Don’t miss the Quicklists we have produced for different curriculum topics and special events, and keep checking back as we are consistently adding to this selection. The ‘One Search’ facility means that you can easily expand searches to other resources like Newham Libraries, The Churchill Archive and The Day news website. Additionally, we have pinned an abundance of research tips and links to our homepage.

During their library lessons we teach year 7, 8 and 9 students to use AccessIt. This has become much easier this year with the introduction of our shiny, new Chromebooks. This equipment is available for students to use in the library before and after school and during break times. We will also put them to good use when we undertake our series of research skills sessions. All students participate in these during their library lessons in year 7, 8 and 9. We teach them how to evaluate sources using the following criteria: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose. In the face of Fake News it is so important that we are all developing these skills. The tasks we do are engaging and linked to the subjects the students are studying in English. The research principles we teach can be found in the student planners on pages 85-86 and we encourage these to be implemented in all subjects.

Next term the Library team is excited to be managing the new Learning Hub. Our job as librarians is to bring Lister’s wealth of physical and digital resources to life. As qualified librarians we have the skills and knowledge to help students and staff find the information they need from reliable resources. As Neil Gaiman once said: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” We are looking forward to enriching the Learning Hub experience by pointing staff and students towards relevant books, periodicals and online resources. The approach by many of our students seeking to answer questions is simply to ‘google it’. We know that more targeted searching and deeper analysing of sources is crucial in sifting through the deluge of information in this digital age.

We hope these blogs have provided a taste of what we do in Lister Library. Whether you be staff or student, do make sure you visit us to find out how we can assist your studies, research and reading for pleasure. And of course keep a look-out for exciting events hosted by us, like Lister Literary Festival and World Book Day celebrations.

Ms Welton

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