It’s the end of term!

Hear ye, hear ye! Read all about it!

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Here at Berkhamsted, we have just half a day left of this term, and so, to finish, we produced a newsletter letting everyone in school know what we’ve been doing in the libraries this term.  We would like to share this with you.  How do you communicate with the rest of your schools and organisations about what you do?  It would be great to hear about what happens in other libraries…

The major event of the term has been the official opening of our School Archive Exhibition Room, which features on pages 4 and 5.  We have developed the Archive extensively over the past two to three years, with one of our librarians obtaining archivist qualifications, meaning that she is now the school’s official archivist, and the assignment of three rooms, fittingly, in the oldest part of the school to house the Exhibition Room, Archive Office and Store.  We hold fascinating material covering the life of the school since its foundation in 1541, from an original building, to seals of appointments of Headmasters, and a prefect book (annotated by Charles Henry Greene, author Graham Greene’s father, with details of old boys who died during the Great War,  he was Headmaster here during that time).  We have samples of uniform which spans the early decades of the twentieth century, for both boys and girls, copies of school magazines and much much more.  If you are an Old Berkhamstedian, perhaps you would like to make arrangements to visit one day.  Please do take a look at our website dedicated to the archive, by clicking here.

We have also housed an exhibition of students’ artwork which was undertaken to reflect what World War I meant to Berkhamsted School.  Give that our library on our Castle Campus is a Memorial Library to the memory of boys and members of all staff who served during the War, it seemed very fitting for us to display this artwork.

We also cover our subscriptions to e-resources and our celebration of World Book Day 2015, which took place on Thursday 5th March.

We hope that you enjoy taking a look!

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Click on the link below to read!

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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?!

Costa Book Awards 2012

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The prize-winners have been announced!  Click here to get all the latest news…  Many congratulations to Hilary Mantel for yet another prize for her novel Bring up the bodies!   I’m really looking forward to enjoying the other prize-winning entries too.  I love it that there is a class for a debut novel – it’s so difficult to get your first book published so to have your talent recognised early on is a real bonus and is exciting for other aspiring authors.  Francesca Segal’s novel, The Innocents, looks like another good read so it’ll be going on my nook wishlist for next month.  I am intrigued by the idea of a graphic portrayal of the biography winner, a memoir combining the story of James Joyce’s relationship with his daughter, Lucia, intermingled with that of author Mary Talbot and her father, Joycean scholar, James Atherton. Mary’s script is beautifully illustrated by her husband, Bryan, so I will look out for that in the bookshops, rather than download it in eBook format. I am also looking forward to grabbing a copy of the collection of poems, The Overhaul, by Kathleen Jamiewhich, it is said, will convert any non-poetry reader to enjoyment of this art-form.  One book definitely picked up by the School Library already is Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, I wonder whether we have enough copies???

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