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School Library Consultants

New Consultants Service

This is a new service from SLA to help schools who may need help or advice locally.  In most cases we would advocate you contact your local schools library service but where these do not exist an independent consultant may be an alternative.  Current school library services are listed here. The SLA will provide links to consultants notified to us.

The inclusion of a consultant here does not indicate any recommendation or approval from the SLA - each school must take up references as appropriate.

Consultants: To advertise your services here please contact consultants(at)

N.B. There is a small fee for this service.

Geoff Dubber

Geoff Dubber has 40 + years teaching, management, library and advisory experience in and with schools, both secondary and primary. He was part of an LEA advisory team for seven years chiefly with a library development/information literacy brief. Currently Past Chair of the SLA (2010 – 2012) & a judge on the SLA/DEMCO School Library Design Award, he chaired the SLA School Librarian of the Year Panel (2006 – 2008), has been a member of the SLA Board for 19 years and Publications Co-ordinator for 16+ years. He writes or co-authors many of the SLA’s Guidelines and occasionally writes and reviews for the School Librarian. He is a freelance consultant/trainer offering training courses and advice to School Library Services, schools, the SLA, self-help groups and occasionally to public library authorities across the UK and wider on the curriculum use of primary and secondary school libraries and library management issues.

Please find more information about Geoff and his contact details at

Bev Humphrey

Bev Humphrey is now Literacy, School libraries and Technology Consultant after spending 10 years as a school librarian, additionally fulfilling the role of learning gateway coordinator for two years. She worked in an all boys secondary school in South East London and during this time developed a passion for encouraging her students to read and write for pleasure, often using online media to do so. She was given a Reading Hero Award by the Literacy Trust at the end of the National Year of Reading for her work during the year and her international collaborative writing project, the Write Path was shortlisted for a Times Educational Supplement New Literacy Initiative Award in 2009 and has twice been shortlisted for a Lemos and Crane Literacy Award. Bev also worked with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as a Lead Practitioner for literacy. As a consultant Bev has presented at seminars and conferences all over the country for E2BN, Renaissance Learning, CILIP, SLG and SLA amongst others. Bev delivers librarian training/support days in schools, presents courses for staff on using new technologies across the curriculum but especially for literacy and on a variety of other subjects including ways to focus on reading in schools, leads writing workshops with students using web 2.0 technologies and is also a trainer for Renaissance Learning as well as working closely with authors and publishers.Bev is very happy to travel to bookings, and is very flexible about the size of groups she will train. She still runs the Write Path each year and is happy to accept more schools for each October event. A self-confessed geek, Bev lives much of her life online and loves using exciting new technology as a motivator for young people’s learning. She is at her happiest when enlightening colleagues in education about the possibilities presented by web 2.0 applications and social networking or when she is working with school librarians who are of course her favourite people!

Please find more information about Bev and her contact details at 

Peters Bookselling Services Professional Librarian Consultants

Peters Bookselling Services has a team of professional librarians with a wealth of career experience in public libraries, school libraries, School Library Services, mobile and prison libraries. They have used books with children of all ages in differing settings across the UK.

The teams work at Peters involves reading and reviewing all newly published children’s titles, which gives them a second to none grasp of current publishing. They also buy stock on behalf of libraries – public, school and SLS – throughout Britain so are in touch with library needs and stock performance.

The team are pro-active in the profession by involvement with a wide range of bodies such as The Reading Agency, SLA, Renaissance Learning and Micro Librarian. They have close and regular contact with the major children’s publishers and work together to tailor publishing output to meet customer needs.

Find out what they can offer in the following document

Peters Bookselling Services Professional Librarian Consultants

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For more information please contact Claire Duncombe at Peters Bookselling Services – 0121 666 6646 or email cduncombe[at]

John Royce

John Royce has more than 40 years experience in teaching and school librarianship in Zambia, England, Malawi, Germany and Turkey.  He has presented at conferences and led workshops around the world. He has published papers and articles in the professional press, and is the author of Credit where it's due: the school library preventing plagiarism in the SLA Guideline series.  He has served on SLA, ECIS, IASL, IB, and other library committees.  He has served on CIS and ECIS Accreditation Team visiting teams, and has also given consultancy advice to schools in UK, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

Now returned to England, John has gone freelance!

He is particularly interested in the promotion of academic honesty, advocating a positive approach. He has a healthy view of technology in education and in our daily lives, and has delved into research on the brain, reading and screen-reading, and on privacy and other issues.He also teaches critical thinking and the need to stay aware and to THINK!  And much, much more.   John is an authorised IB workshop leader and has designed and led workshops for librarians and for teachers.

As well as consultancy visits and advice on library matters, John offers informative, practical, entertaining and empowering presentations and workshops for librarians, teachers and students, tailor-made to meet your needs.

Find out more about John and his contact details at

Sheels Educational Ltd

Sheels Educational Ltd, has been working with primary schools for over 20-years, providing books, learning materials and library services to schools according to their specifications and budgets.  

Schools benefit greatly from working with us, as we provide effective libraries that are stocked with non-fiction materials in line with the national curriculum and QCA schemes of work, alongside a wide range of fiction titles. 

Our primary school library services include; book band levelling and cataloguing. As well as 'weeding' out any old books from your existing library to ensure that you get the most out of your current resources, and are able to add to them without duplication. 

We believe that the biggest compliment are the testimonials from the school's we've worked with, and due to this we are happy to provide you with the names and contact details so that you are able to hear/see for yourself the work we do.

We have regular contact with major children's publishers and are able to tailor make packages, and lists for schools according to their specific requirements.. 

Visit us at: for more information or give us a call on: 0208 351 0974

Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor is a specialist in school libraries having worked in local authority Schools' Library Services as a Library Advisor as well as in 3 secondary schools, including setting up a brand new Academy library.  

  • SSAT Academies Lead Practitioner for Libraries 2008-9
  • CILIP SLG National Committee member 2008 to 2011
  • National Literacy Trust Reading Connects Ambassador
  • Lead Professional Librarian in Lambeth 2000-2005
  • Academies Consultant for Libraries 2009 - to date
  • Awarded Highly Commended Reading Connects School of the Year 2007
  • Developed Southwark Schools’ Book Award 
  • CRB checked.


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Please see Laura's website for more information and for contact details

Alec Williams

A former SLA Chair, Alec Williams has many years’ experience in public and school library services, in Chester, Lancashire, Calderdale and Leeds. He was awarded Honorary Membership of the Youth Libraries Group in 1999, and now works independently, providing training, consultancy, public speaking and performance.  He is involved nationally with libraries and children’s books (e.g. National Literacy Trust work), and internationally (e.g. Work with the British Council and IFLA).  His training work includes over 25 local authority clients; 3 universities where he runs workshops; several SLA branches; and others; he's frequently able to combine courses with nearby school visits, reducing costs for all.  Consultancy includes work for the British Council, along with work for VRH, and individual schools.  Course topics include Developing a Reading Culture, Boys Reading, Library Design and Special Needs.  Recent speaking engagements include several Early Years Conferences, and chairing local book award events.

Please find more information about Alec and his contact details at