We haven’t had a Toon Lib TeachMeet for a while, so I’m really pleased to see that Ann-Marie Laws has organised an event hosted by her school. Full details from Ann-Marie are below:

NorthEastTeachMeetPonteland High School is holding a Lib TeachMeet on Wednesday 24th June 2015. It is free and we hope it will provide a great learning, sharing and networking opportunity for library staff from across the region (people from elsewhere are, of course, very welcome!).

Predominantly such events are not held in Schools, so I thought I would change the norm and offer this opportunity.

Everyone is welcome, librarians, information assistants, head of your organization or a junior assistant… we’re looking forward to seeing you.

If you wish to contribute, the only rule is that your presentation mustn’t be trying to sell us anything , and you must stick to the timeslot.

You can use PowerPoint or you can just talk, and / or show something from the web.  Anything that will kick-start a discussion will be very welcome.
Examples of presentations I have seen are:

  • Library poster displays
  • Jigsaws as a means of teaching sixth form students about writing essays
  • Interactive tools to assist with Library Inductions.

To book please go to:




There have been a couple of write-ups of the event so far:

Hopefully we’ll have another one planned soon – get in touch if you’d like to help out!

At last we’ve managed to find a time to squeeze in a TeachMeet this year – we’re trying a twilight session in the hope that more people can make it.

Many thanks to my colleague Jackie Dunn who will co-facilitate the event.

Book your place at:


Hope to see you there!

Helen Blanchett & Jackie Dunn

toonlibtmneedsyouI’m hoping to reschedule Toon Library TeachMeet very soon – but after the last one was cancelled due to my illness, I think it would be very sensible to have one or two more people involved!

If anyone is interested in getting involved please comment here or get in touch at helen.blanchett@ncl dot ac dot uk


Helen Blanchett
Toon LibTeachMeet organiser

Only 2 weeks left to go until the next Toon Library TeachMeet! Places are still available, so come along to share your teaching tips or come to learn from others. Here are some of the speakers who have volunteered so far:

7 minute micro-presentation

Christine Stevenson and Leanne Young, Sunderland University, ‘Rooms without Walls: using problem based learning to develop research skills in a collaborative real-time virtual space’

Anne-Marie Laws, Ponteland High School, ‘Have you just made us want to read Miss? Promoting reading and Libraries the unconventional way!’

Helen Blanchett, Newcastle University, ‘7 ideas in 7 minutes: from TeachMeet to LibTeachMeet’

2 minute nano-presentation

Leah Adams, Walbottle Campus, ‘Everything you wanted to know about Enquiry but
were afraid to ask’

Moira Bent, Newcastle University,  Title tbc

Emma Cragg, Durham University, ‘Joining the dots: connecting information skills and assessment’

Angela Horn, Newcastle University, ‘For now, Diamonds are Forever’



Places are still available on 17th July – come along to share your own teaching ideas or come to find inspiration from others. The format is friendly and informal – librarians learning from librarians.

We’re also very pleased to announce that we now have sponsorship from CILIP’s Information Literacy Group, who will be providing the refreshments and some lovely freebies!

Book your place now!

Booking is now open for the next Library TeachMeet in Newcastle – ToonLibTM is on 17th July, 1-4pm at Newcastle University Library.

We welcome anyone who wants to attend, but we’d love it if you could share your ideas too!

We may well be going for drinks and food (if you need some!) from 4pm-6pm if you’d like to join us.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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