Keep up-to-date on this important event using this amazing service – Mashpedia. It collects (mashups) data from a range of sources, including blogs, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia, new and images – fantastic!
General Election on Mashpedia
Mrs Robinson has also added a new General Election page to the Netvibes site:
General Election on Netvibes
Liberal Democrat Party
United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)
Other General Election Resources
BBC News – UK Election
BUBL UK – List of all the political parties in the UK
The Library was officially opened on Thursday 18 March by Kay Alexander, a very familiar face as she is a presenter on BBC Midlands Today.
The ceremony began just after 12.00 with John Wood, our Headmaster, speaking about the importance of the library and how so many people had worked together to create it. Anne Robinson, the Librarian, followed – the text of her speech is at the bottom of this post. Kay Alexander then spoke about how much libraries mean to her – it was lovely to hear this from our guest. She then cut the book-shaped cake and posed for lots of photos with our students and guests.
Kay Alexander with Michael Parker (left) and John Wood (right)
A fantastic buffet lunch was provided and all our guests seemed to be very impressed with our great new facilities and plans for how the library service will develop in the future!
This is the video made to show guests the development of the Michael Parker Library:
The text of Mrs Robinson’s speech:
What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education. Harold Howe, former US Commissioner of Education
You can see around you what this school thinks about its library! The library has come about because of vision – the vision of the school management. To put a library fit for the 21st century into this 1828 building was a challenge. We had to contend with a number of issues with this listed building – the sagging floor, the high ceiling, the lovely windows. The room that you see is the result of teamwork and collaboration: the Library Committee bringing together wide ranging skills from school management, academic staff, admin and technical staff; and consultation: with students, staff, parents, governors, local interest groups, suppliers and colleagues in the wider library profession.
So, what is special about this Library?
Bespoke furniture, thanks to a collaboration with Stan Tarver – clever shelving design that tilts and displays the stock to the best advantage.
Flexibility of use with specially designed tables and seating.
Modern ICT facilities – including wireless access, floor sockets that allow students and staff to use laptops anywhere in the room, a drop-down screen with projector.
Attractive, up-to-date book stock – students are enjoying borrowing and reading the new books and also are welcome to suggest new titles.
Plans to develop multi-media resources, including online databases and e-books.
Access 24/7 to our Library Online Services – our virtual library, which you can see on the screens if you wish.
Keen and enthusiastic Student Helper Team – the students who you see here.
And I must say it – a committed, experienced professional Librarian. My job is to get this wonderful facility used by collaborating with staff to develop programmes across the school to encourage reading for pleasure, the teaching of research skills and the use of exciting new technologies. These will help our students to be lifelong independent learners able to achieve in Higher Education and deal with adult life in the 21st century.
Here is a slideshow of the best photos from the event – more will be added as soon as possible:
Yes, our newly refurbished Library is now fully open again!
Please come in and have a look. Students, staff, parents and visitors are saying “Wow!” as they see it for the first time. We have loads of great new books with comfortable chairs, nice tables and a lovely atmosphere.
Exciting times! All of the library equipment, books and resources was moved into the new space on Friday so that Room 9 could be cleared for use again. The furniture fitters are now finishing off the last touches – cupboards, worktops, desk and so on. Then Mrs Robinson will be able to get in and start unpacking!
Pile of boxes to unpack!
There are huge piles of boxes across the library, consisting of all the old stock plus loads of new books. All of these will be put on the shelves as quickly as possible with new signing and guiding to help everyone find what they are looking for.
Lots of new furniture and equipment is also being delivered. It will be great fun unpacking this and putting it all into place!
Staff are welcome to pop in at any time to see the progress. Students will be shown around as soon as possible.
Just a quick post to update readers with the current situation.
Over May Half Term, the library was virtually emptied out. All of the stock had been boxed up during the term and was then taken to Room 9, together with any equipment that we need for the new library. Mrs Robinson will be working in Room 9 until the end of August, getting new resources and equipment ready, planning the new library and developing web-based services.
The old wall between the library and Room 8 was removed and the honour boards taken down and stored safely. These have been carefully photographed to ensure that we have a good record of the names. Eventually, we will re-create the boards in a new format and we are planning on making a very special book with the photographs.
Furniture that is not needed for the refurbishment is being taken away and used in other parts of the school.
The work will begin on the floor on the very first day of the summer holidays – exciting times!
Mrs Robinson will continue to post here during the summer with updates on the development and some “tasters” to show you some of the new resources that she is purchasing for the library.
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Pictures from our wonderful Write Path experience are now on our website http://ow.ly/2X3Yq
Getting lots of new books on the shelves, ready for when you are all back after Half Term - hope you all have a lovely break!
Thrilled by our amazing Year 7 students who took part in Write Path today - you are all stars! http://writepath.ning.com/
Reading Group Meeting - Friday 13.20. Library CLOSED to all other users. Come along if you love reading!
Welcome back everyone! Meeting for Student Library Helpers at 1.30 today - library CLOSED to other users - sorry! Back to normal Monday :)
Reading Champions will resume in the Autumn Term, meeting every Friday lunchtime from 10 September onwards.
If you would like to join the group, please see Mrs Robinson.
Request a Book
* Are you a member of The Dixie Grammar School community?
* Have you got a favourite book that you would like the Library to stock?
Then, please click on the link to fill in this online Request Form.
Mrs Robinson will then add the book to her list for consideration.
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