This morning Leicester City Council ran a face-to-face meeting of the LRC Connect group. The group is mainly made up of school librarians, although school staff who work closely with school librarians also attend. The meeting was kindly hosted by Jane Robinson, school librarian at Beaumont Leys School Library.
The meeting gave attendees an opportunity to share news and ideas, and report back on some of the work they have been doing looking at technologies to support learning, teaching, and school library development. Lucy Atkins, Leicester City Council’s Digital Literacy Research Associate, also ran a session on the use of Augmented Reality (AR) in the Learning Resource Centre.
There are some great projects underway in Leicester City School Libraries. Attendees discussed the use of Pinterest, QR codes, social networking, book review blogs, reading clubs and a librarian’s network. We also talked about schools experiences of using OverDrive, which provides subscription based access to e-books and audio books, and discussed licencing models.
Lucy Atkins presented on Augmented Reality (AR) in the Learning Resource Centre. She covered the basics of QR codes and an AR app – Aurasma. As well as highlighting some of the ways in which QR codes and Aurasma can be used within the library space, Lucy also created a resource to help staff with creating their own QR codes online.
Alison Carpenter-Hughes gave the group an introduction to the Librarian’s Network weblog that she has been developing and to finish, Josie Fraser talked to the group about the Bite My Shiny Metal Book competition that the Council is running in partnership with the Whatever It Takes initiative.