Conference Day Workshop


  • Graeme Boyd, Middle and High School Librarian

    Lincoln Community School
    For the past 10 years Graeme has worked as a Teacher-Librarian at International schools in Kuwait, Lebanon, China, Brazil and Germany and is currently the Middle and High School Librarian at Lincoln Community School in Accra, Ghana. He has worked within the library and information sector for the last 20 years, including in such diverse roles as Prison Librarian at HMP Wandsworth, Research Assistant at The Glasgow School of Art, Film Librarian at Greenpeace International, Information Researcher at BBC Television Centre, Head of Archive at Conde Nast and Business Researcher at Risk Capital Partners LLP. Graeme is currently working for the International Baccalaureate as course facilitator offering the Role of the Librarian Category 3 workshop (PYP, MYP, DP). He also works independently facilitating Librarian workshops for IBICUS (in collaboration with IBO in The Hague (IBAEM)). He is a Chartered member of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals UK), a member of SLA (School Library Association UK), a provisional CIS (Council of International Schools) accreditation evaluator and a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). Passionate about Educational Technology, Graeme is a Google Certified Educator Levels 1 + 2; Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) Silver Expedition Leader and First Lego League and Seesaw Ambassador. Graeme has also held voluntary positions at numerous educational charities including Pratham (India), Escola Instituto da Crian (Brazil), Scottish Research Information Services, The Foundation for Responsible Robotics, and was previously a non-executive director of Not Shut Up (prison publication).

School Libraries connecting and empowering local communities

Libraries are community hubs. In addition to connecting people with information, libraries connect people with people.

It is important the school library does not ignore the community in which it exists. The communities surrounding our schools can enrich teacher instruction, refresh pedagogy and revitalise faculty. By sharing and connecting with the local community the school librarian can enrich, embrace and enhance the overall student learning experience.

Librarians connecting and opening dialogue with the local community demonstrates to our peers we are not seen as ostracised or solo workers. practical collaborative sessions which will identify the tangible and intangible resources in communities; institutions, businesses, natural resources, university/colleges/further education, hospitals, museums, non-profits, local authors and illustrators, organisations and physical structures which the school librarian can collaborate and support with.

Describe how mentoring, career planning and internship opportunities can be offered to students from community members, entrepreneurs, families, associations, political entities and religious establishments.

Demonstrate how local communities can become more engaged in developing their youth and at the same time the youth can become more engaged in the prosperity and values of their community.

Learning Objectives

Gain and share new knowledge, skills, talents, knowledge and dispositions for learning and personal development that students will use throughout their lives to turn them into lifelong learners with enhanced Approaches to Learning skills.

Share achievements and success stories from the local community.

Target Audience

All educators, leaders and co-professionals especially those who do not fully understand or utilise the role, purpose and vision of the School Librarian.

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