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Malorie Blackman wins Eleanor Farjeon Award

Malorie Blackman was last night announced as the winner of this year's Eleanor Farjeon Award. This is awarded to an individual in recognition of their distinguished contribution to the world of children's books. The winner is chosen from nominations from members of the Children's Book Circle. Past winners have included Jacqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman and Julia Eccleshare.

Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) grew up in England in a house filled with books, and she and her brothers enjoyed reading stories to one another and writing their own. In America, Farjeon's best-known work may be the hymn "Morning Has Broken," later recorded by Cat Stevens, but in her native country she is beloved as the author of Elsie Piddock Skips in her Sleep, Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard, and, of course, The Little Bookroom. Farjeon was pleased when The Little Bookroom won the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Carnegie Medal, but she turned down another honour - Dame of the British Empire - explaining that she "did not wish to become different from the milkman." At her death, the Children's Book Circle established the Eleanor Farjeon Award in her honour.

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Farewell to Anne Clyde

Anne ClydeFriends, family and colleagues of Dr Laurel Anne Clyde will this morning gather in Iceland for the funeral of a great and tireless worker for school librarianship. An Australian by birth, Anne had taught at the University of Iceland for a number of years. As Professor in the faculty of Social Sciences she taught within the Department of Library and Information Science.

Dr Clyde had for many years run the website for the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) and for the past two years had also been Chair of the Standing Section for School Libraries and Resource Centres for the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Those of us who worked with Anne in these two organisations will miss her vitality and strength of purpose.

Anne was also well known to school librarians in the UK through her articles in journals such as The School Librarian – most recently in the Winter 2004 edition writing about "Blogs and the School Librarian". She also gave a paper last year on "Homosexuality in Children’s Literature" at the joint SLA/IASL conference in Dublin. Anne died suddenly on Sunday 18th September in Iceland. She will be greatly missed.

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MLS to sponsor SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2006

The School Library Association is delighted to announce that the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award is to be sponsored for 2006 by Micro Librarian Systems (MLS) makers of Eclipse and Junior Librarian management systems for school libraries.

Last year’s inaugural award, which was won by Anne Robinson, Librarian of Nicholas Chamberlaine School, Bedworth, Warwickshire, was a huge success, with a first class Honour List of school librarians from England, Scotland and Ireland.

The award, which is the brainchild of SLA’s President, the award winning author for young people Aidan Chambers, is intended to raise the profile of staff working in school libraries, often unsung, usually single handed and sometimes struggling with a range of challenges. “It is intended to celebrate best practice – and there is a lot of it about” says the SLA.

Andy O'BrienAndy O’Brien, Managing Director of MLS, in confirming the sponsorship, said:

"We are proud to sponsor this award and recognise the important contribution made by librarians to the quality of school life. A well-stocked, organised and inviting library is no longer a luxury but a necessary tool for educating our children and the determination and imagination of our school librarians is helping to make it a reality in many schools."

The nomination period for this year has now closed and judging will take place over the winter, with the Honour List announced in the spring and the final winner in early summer 2006.

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Ofsted announces start of new short notice inspections for English Schools

Ofsted, the inspection body for English schools, has confirmed that the anticipated short-notice inspections will start this term. The week beginning September 12 will see more than 70 schools facing the first of the new style inspections. Shorter and more sharply focused inspections will focus heavily on school self-evaluation. Parents' and pupils' views will be sought by inspectors and feedback following the inspection will be provided in a report written for parents and a letter for pupils.

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