Library Twitter Account

The Library blog has been very quiet of late, partly because it’s mad busy in this place, but also because of Twitter. Beware – it’s addictive.

So now there is a brand new Library Twitter feed, @OLHSLRC. Tweets will also appear here by magic, or at least in the column on the right hand side.

Read here or drop by Twitter. Hope you enjoy 🙂

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Bananas and radiation

Fake news?



Nope, you genuinely can use bananas as an informal comparison for background radiation.

A gift for discussing the reliability of online information. I’d also use it to ask pupils to try finding another source to back it up which explains the issue in simple terms.

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Open Culture

Open Culture provides links to a whole load of free material including films, audiobooks, textbooks, ebooks, MOOCs, course notes, language lessons, audio and video clips and thousands of images. The focus is on educational and cultural materials.

All of the material is collated from other sites but it makes for a brilliant place to find things you never knew existed. For example:

Try exploring on a spare summer holiday afternoon.

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Manifesto for Libraries

CILIPS have produced a Manifesto for Libraries, highlighting “the incredible return on investment and impact on key policy areas that libraries offer”, covering public libraries, school libraries, digital skills and a national reading strategy.

CILIPS : A manifesto for libraries

CILIPS : A manifesto for libraries

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Artwork for school blogs

S2 Art and Design have been asked to create a series of banners for the Our Lady’s Latest blog using parts of famous artworks.

Only part of the painting or sculpture will be visible in the header because of its shape so pupils have been hunting for striking images and using cut-out templates to judge how the available shape affects the result.

Not only does this project encourage pupils to review wonderful artworks from across the centuries, but they also have to consider how such works will appear on a modern website.

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Great Writing Challenge 2

For the second Great Writing Challenge, Mrs Macfadyen explained that pupils would have to put their characters into some sort of danger. Their task was to investigate dangerous locations around the world to help them decide where and how their characters lives would be in peril.

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Windfarm research

Pupils in S1 Social Subjects are investigating wind farms and deciding for themselves whether this is a useful and beneficial form of renewable energy.

Once the class have made their minds up, each pupil creates a banner, a leaflet or a poster to campaign for or against wind farms. Each piece of work must include information explaining why wind farms are good or bad for our society.

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BBC School Reporters

Our BBC School Reporters met again today to continue their discussions and research. The group have set themselves a series of daunting challenges for School Report Day on 10th March and are learning how to manage their time and each other in addition to all of their normal school work.

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Photography Club: shadow project

S1 Photography Club pupils have been using lighting to play with shadows. On the surface this seems like a very simple project but a lot of learning is going on, not only in terms of photography and camera work but also in teamwork and communication as the photographers try to explain to the model – who cannot see their own shadows – how to move their face and body. Preferably in a calm, supportive, understanding way that doesn’t cause frustration on either side!

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The Hundreds

The non-fiction section of the Library is arranged in numerical order using the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Dewey has ten sections, each with a different hundred. Sciences are 500s, Literature are 800s and so on. There are signs to mark the beginning of each hundred.

However, the existing signs were old and faded and needed replacing so the Art Department were asked to help out. Pupils have been asked to choose three different hundreds and to come up with new signs, clearly indicating which section they represent.

Each participating class came to the Library for research and inspiration. First of all, we looked at other examples of graphic design of a similar size, specifically bookmarks. Pupils reviewed the variety of fonts, shapes, colours and ideas on Library bookmarks, identifying those they thought had the most impact.

We also discussed the purpose of the signs and how the pupils themselves would end up using them: what would they find useful? what would be confusing?

Pupils wandered the bookshelves looking for suitable ideas for their designs, but they also had to bear in mind that the same image can mean different things to different people. This meant sharing ideas and asking opinions around the class before making their final decisions. One pupil used a World War II rationing poster for her History design, but unfortunately, without knowing that it came from the Second World War, others thought it was referring to Food (600s).

Each Dewey hundred covers a huge variety of topics, so pupils also had to be extremely careful when selecting a suitable image to represent each section. One pupil chose a castle to represent History/Geography (900s), but was startled to discover that the books with the sort of image he wanted were actually classified under architecture (700s).

This has been an extremely valuable exercise for encouraging pupils to explore the contents of the shelves, to investigate where to find what they’re looking for and to consider how the Library materials are arranged. We can’t wait to see what they come up with.

In all, there will be ten winning designs, one for each hundred, to be selected after the Easter holidays, and each winning pupil will receive a prize.

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