So very nearly ready for our conference, lots of things moving into place and happily the programme looks great lighting the future looks as if it will be a good one. Think I may owe everyone lunch in the office to make up for all the hard work.
Tomorrow I’m off to the new Canada Water library in docklands for an Arts Council consultation on the model for libraries of the future. Think it may be a challenging day! Frustratingly the APPG on Libraries scheduled for earlier this week has been postponed as they couldn’t get enough MPs and Lords to the breakfast meeting – so heaven knows when that will get rescheduled.
Meanwhile we have an SLA delegation off to see Nick Gibb in early July – to discuss school libraries! Could be good.
Looking forward to all the merriment in the village for the Jubilee – especially Will and Pete’s revue entitled Diamond Geezers. One more mad week at work and then a long weekend of jollity. Bring on the fun.
So, the holidays draw to the end, with a party at the pub tonight with friends…to celebrate the start of 2012.
Last year, 2011, was a good year with lots of short breaks, mainly good health, lots of family visits and some new work opportunities for Will and I, and the girls seem to be happy in their chosen paths – so all positive.
I wonder what that new year will bring for us; certainly some tightening of belts, both literally (as I must loose some weight!) and financially, as we seem to be no nearer the end of this recession.
Work wise the new offices should create a pleasant environment, with savings that will make our lives a little simpler, and hopefully much cheaper. The challenges remain the same – closing libraries (public and school), head teachers with no vision as to what a library can be and do, a government with a great line in chat but no commitment in legislation on school libraries, and a delayed new curriculum! We may be in for hard times ahead, so not totally looking forward to the new year in some respects.
Whatever is thrown at us – good health, happy families and peace to all.
Well I really have total admiration for those bloggers who add items their blog either daily or weekly! I have singularly failed to meet their demanding schedules.
Perhaps I haven’t got the drive to write as much as I have the drive to read. It’s so much easier to read other people’s blogs and add the occasional comment than to write my own!
September and October seem to have flown – lots of travelling and meetings but a few highlights stand out. The School Librarian of the Year celebration at the Mermaid Centre turned out to be a very inspirational and uplifting day in a month when bad news about schools and libraries seemed to be the order of the day. We have a superb new SLYA in Carol Webb and she is being so proactive in helping us promote school libraries it is a joy to work with her. It was also a joy to meet a group of headteachers who supported their libraries and librarians and could see the benefit to their students. This was echoed in the SLA Library Design Award where an innovative London bus conversion was making a huge contribution to a London primary school.
Working in partnership always seems to create lots of work and meetings even when everyone is working to the same end but one campaign that seems to be setting off well and making some impact already is Shout about – the campaign by SLA, CILIP and ASCEL to raise the profile and literally Shout About school libraries and schools library services – see some of the activity on twitter by searching #SHOUTABOUT.
There’s also been lots of planning around the joint conference we have ongoing at YLG, SLG and SLA – Lighting the Future – this promises to be the conference you want to be at in 2012 if you are interested in children, their reading and learning and libraries! The team behind it are all working so hard to deliver what promises to be a superb weekend!
Spread amongst all this was a lovely evening at the Bloomsbury Party catching up with lots of librarians, authors (Celia Rees, Anne Cassidy, Mary Hoffman, B R Collins, to name but a few) and illustrators, as well as enjoying some lovely hospitality from those lovely folk at Bloomsbury. I actually had a brief chat with Kim Newman too – always read his reviews in Empire and it was fun to shake hands and say hello. The guests here were very high profile and it was fun to do some star spotting too!
We also managed a couple of days away and had a superb time in Tetbury at the Priory Inn – I would recommend it to anyone and the food was lovely. Whilst there we really just chilled out – and had a lovely day in Westonbirt Arboretum enjoying the autumn colour. We even bought a tiny Acer seedling so wonder if we can nurture that to maturity?