Library newsletters….

About eighteen months ago, I wrote about how we keep the rest of our school updated with library news and what we’ve done and achieved (please click here to view)…  Well, we still like to keep our colleagues and pupils in touch and produce a fresh copy at the end of each term.  For the last two terms, we have been trying out a new layout when casting our news to everyone at school, and we are happy with the results!  Please see our latest version below:

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We used issuu software (to be found on issuu.com ) which is free to use and turns your publications into an interactive resource, more akin to the physical article of a print publication but with the advantage of using no ink or paper and can be easily manipulated to display a larger font, should this be necessary.  To turn a page, simply click on the arrows appearing either side of the document on screen, so easy!  You need to set up an account and then download your publication in a PDF format for free:  issuu does the hard work.

We were aware of issuu a little while ago, but were looking for the right opportunity to use it when it suddenly occurred to us that we could utilise the software to get our message across in a completely new and much more exciting way than by simply sending out a pdf document which is non-interactive and that you scroll down to look at.

This software programme has also been used by the organisers behind a new and fascinating magazine produced entirely by Sixth Formers and students in Year 11 at our school,  Ink.   Ink has already won  awards for Best Design and Layout, Best Overall Editorial Content and Best Feature Article, with Highly Commended for Best Original Artwork and Photography in the Shine School Media Awards:  and this is after the publication of only two issues!

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Whilst we don’t aspire to compete with this expertly produced magazine, we trust that you will enjoy both on their own merits.  Whereas the former is merely a snippet of what we get up to in the libraries, the latter is engendering some serious journalistic talent!  But who knows what we will get up to next?!

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Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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