Youth Libraries Group Unconference

On Saturday 9th August 2014, we held our very first unconference in conjunction with the SLG and SLA.  We had an informal day filled with user-generated sessions enabling support, advice and ideas to be shared.  Superstar Guest Speaker Nick Sharratt also came along to talk to us.

To gather people's thoughts, we created a Thinking Tree!  Here are some of the comments that were left:
Groups discussion great, as changed direction, ebbed and flowed and brought back by coordination.
Good answers to questions I didn't even know I was going to ask!
Nick was awesome, how inspiring.

It was Nick's birthday (and Committee member Jill!), so it being YLG we made sure there was a special cake too.


Joint Action Group (JAG)

As you can see from our Committee page, we have a mix of public and schools librarians in YLGS.  Inevitably, there is going to be some overlap of aims with the CILIP School Libraries Group, and the School Library Association.  We decided to meet up to think of ways we can share resources, training days and so on.  The name of this super-group is the Joint Action Group (JAG). 

You can already see the benefits of this joint-working, as we decided to hold our first Unconference in conjunction with the SLG and SLA in August.  There are also possible future plans, such as joint AGMs and conferences.  


Graphic Novel Training Day

On 28th May, we held a successful and fun event on Graphic Novels in Hillhead Library.  Feedback from members - and ourselves! - is that we there were training gaps in this growing area of youth libraries.  We decided to hold a really practical day, and were overwhelmed with the interest and as registration for the event grew. 

The following speakers came along to the event:

Gary Erskine

Paul Register, founder and organiser of the Stan Lee Excelsior Awards

Falkirk Community Trust on running a successful graphic novel event

Koren Calder from Scottish Book Trust on using the John Muir Graphic Novel in schools and public libraries


We also had Forbidden Planet ( ).

We were delighted that feedback following the event was really positive (including 'BEST TRAINING EVER'), however we were interested to hear suggestions for ideas on how to get girls more interested in comics and graphics novels, and more practical hands-on sessions looking at the books themselves  Next time...

Thanks to everyone who came along to the event, to our speakers and exhibitors, and to Hillhead Library for hosting us.



The AGM was held at Library Services, Camelon on Tuesday 25th February 2014.

Library Services
Service and School Improvement Team
Camelon Education Centre
Abercrombie Street
Camelon FK1 4HA

For more information please email Jill Reid, Secretary YLGS


CKG Party

We held a CKG nomination party on Thursday 27th September in the Mitchell Library.  Librarians from public libraries, schools, school library services alongside students and lecturers from Strathclyde University nominated (after some fierce discussion):

For the Carnegie :  Far Rockaway (Fletcher, C.)   &   The weight of water (Crossan, S.)

For the Greenaway : I want my hat back (Klassen, J.)   &   Black dog (Pinfold, L.)