Diary of a Newbie Librarian – Chapter One by Mrs Tongue

Senior Library

I really should perhaps clarify the title of this Blog post, I am indeed a ‘newbie’ to KEHS but I have been a Librarian for many years. I started my career in public libraries and worked in a Central Library for 17 years.  Then during the Summer I saw an opportunity and was absolutely delighted to be appointed as the new Librarian at KEHS. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable and exciting first term here. Everyone, both girls and staff, have been really welcoming and extremely supportive, and that has made my transition into the school so much easier.

During my short time here I’ve learnt that the Library is loved by the girls and they treat it as a place of quiet sanctuary, a place to study and a place to meet. They read widely and they value the resources they have available to them. Feedback from prospective girls and their parents on Opening morning was overwhelmingly positive and you could see the impact the Senior Library has when people see it for the first time.

There’s been a lot of great things that have happened over the last 3 months but here are a few of my highlights:

  • Getting to know all of the girls and my new colleagues
  • Setting up the Library Twitter feed for ‘all things Library’ please follow @KEHSLibrary
  • Launching the KEHS Community Read: a new and exciting reading initiative with the Thirds, where they read 4 books over the year and review them in innovative ways as they compete to be the KEHS Community Read champion for 2013/2014!
  • Teaching my first group of Thirds for Library lessons during the first half term
  • Reorganising the Library’s periodicals!
  • Increasing the number of items the 6th Formers can borrow from 5 books and a DVD to 10 books and a DVD – this seems to have been a very popular decision!
  • Streamlining the ordering of Library resources and looking for ways to make it as cost effective and as speedy as possible
  • Visiting the Library at the University of Birmingham to see what resources our 6th formers can gain access to
  • Enjoying lively and insightful discussion at the Principal’s L5th – U6th Reading Group – this has recently given me a fascinating introduction into the work of Jean-Paul Sartre!
  • Seeing The Chrysalids, the KES/KEHS Junior play, which was fantastic!
  • Being blown away by the incredible music recitals over at Ruddock Hall
  • Eating Cake virtually every week since my arrival thanks to the fabulous cake sales that take place at KEHS!

And I am really looking forward to everything that comes next!

2 Responses to “Diary of a Newbie Librarian – Chapter One by Mrs Tongue”

  1. SalmaFebruary 11, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    It has been a pleasure reading this 🙂

  2. Kathryn WilliamsJuly 13, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    Congratulations Mrs Tongue, As an Old Edwardian with fond memories of the library (and a history of pestering both of your predecessors) I wish you the best of luck!

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