Thursday, 27 October 2011

Teachmeet Strathclyde

Jordanhill Library Stand

I was really pleased to be asked to have a Library stand at the recent Strathclyde Teachmeet, and what a great night it was, brilliantly organised by the officers of CPD Strathclyde, all B.Ed students. The thing that garnered most interest on the stand was Children's Literature Update (the orange A4 booklet you can see on the right hand table above.) This is an index to articles and web links about books and authors for children and teenagers which I produce four times a year. You can pick up a copy on the display table upstairs by the children's books, or give me your email address to receive it electronically. I also tweet it, which means you can access it via Hootsuite.

As well as staffing the stand, I attended the talks - a mixture of 2 minute and 7 minute presentations. I thoroughly enjoyed them all. It was great to see the sorts of activities that go on when students are on placement - Rea Chisholm's collaborative group work on environments was a highlight, especially the pictures of the giant model of a shark. A couple of talks were based around digital literacy - Ollie Bray on Wikipedia and Andrew James on rights-cleared resources on the web. This is obviously a topic that teachers and librarians have in common, and I felt I learnt something from each of them. There's also a thriving group of librarians on Twitter and we use it in much the same way as Morven Skinnider described for "tweachers", to communicate and share information. I think a lot of students signed up to Twitter after her talk and I'd be pleased to welcome any of them as followers of @JordanhillLib (you can see our Twitter feed down the right hand side of the blog to get an idea of what we tweet about). Those were just a few of the talks - I enjoyed all the rest too, but just wanted to give a brief flavour.

Of course, I can't finish without mentioning the awesome cup cake display. I didn't get to try one because I left before the question and answer session at the end, and we were strongly discouraged from spoiling the pattern before that! And guess what? Libraians like cake too, another thing we have in common.

Teachmeet cupcakes


  1. those cupcakes do look amazing!
    Sounds like an interesting event.

  2. They are fabulous aren't they? All home made by multi-talented B.Ed students.