I’m Rachel and am a solo librarian at Caldew School in the village of Dalston, just outside of Carlisle. I’ve been a qualified librarian since 2001, working first as an Assistant Librarian at Doncaster College, and then as a Faculty Librarian at the University of Nottingham before taking four years out from 2006-2010 after the birth of my son Finn, during which time we relocated to Cumbria. During my time at Nottingham, Information Literacy was one of my primary interests, and I chaired a project developing on online tutorial for undergraduate students. I’ve worked here at Caldew since September 2010.
We also are very much at the start of the FOSIL journey. Following a number of issues in the last couple of academic years which highlighted the need for students to develop better information and research skills, we set up a working group in September, which I chair, to develop a framework which we could use across the curriculum from Years 7-13. I was put in touch with Darryl by Elizabeth Hutchinson, after making an enquiry on SLN. Following a tremendously helpful visit to Oakham (with many thanks to Darryl and Jenny), we are now at the stage of presenting our draft framework to SLT next week, and then to the teaching staff as a whole later this month (wish me luck!), with some trials later this term in Y7 History, Year 12 Geography, and Year 10 and 12 Media Studies.
Looking forward to sharing experiences and resources in this forum.