Stromness Academy Library

Books, reading and life in a school library

Volunteer Pupil Library Assistants


The Pupil Library Assistant Training Scheme has recently been re-established after a few years hiatus, during which a few pupils have volunteered on an informal basis, helping with basic tidying and at special events such as National Poetry day or Spooky Happenings.

Sorting some donations into book boxes for departments to help support Accelerated Reader

Pupils can volunteer to help in the library before registration, at lunchtime, some intervals and possibly after school or on free periods and are required to make a regular commitment to the training and work. The training allows pupils to earn certificates for each level. Responsibilities, duties and commitment increase at each level. Pupils can also work towards Dynamic Youth and Youth Achievement Awards.

Tidying and sorting The Orcadian boxes

Thirteen pupils from S1 to S4 have volunteered to help in the library on a regular basis which will help to develop a number of skills which also link to Curriculum for Excellence.

  • Become Successful Learners; Confident Individuals; Responsible citizens and Effective Contributors (Curriculum for Excellence – Four Capacities)
  • Make a valuable contribution to the life of the school
  • Help develop the library and the services it offers
  • Help the library staff provide the best library service they can
  • Make a difference to other pupils’ learning
  • Act as a role model for other pupils
  • Improve your communication and problem-solving skills
  • Work well with others in a team
  • Take responsibility
  • Think on your feet
  • Have first choice of new stock, which you can help to choose
  • Have access to the library prior to official opening before registrations and some intervals
  • Have the chance to get involved in special events

Processing new books – labelling

Most of these pupils have signed up to do Dynamic Youth and Youth Achievement Awards which are peer assessed awards leading to recognised qualifications.

Meeting with Maureen Herdman, Community Learning, to discuss DY and YAA participation

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