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School Librarian of the Year Award

2016 Winner

Amy Mckay Winner 2016The School Library Association is delighted to announce that Amy McKay at Corby Business Academy has been awarded the honour of the School Librarian of the Year 2016.

Multi-award-winning author Kim Slater, whose books include Smart and Seven Letter Word (Macmillan Children's Books) presented her with the award at a special ceremony at The Judge's Court, above Browns in St Martins Lane, London, on 3 October.

Home-made reward scratch cards, staff/student battles of the books, BBQs, sleepovers, Comic-con events and even zombie apocalypses have all taken place in the library at Corby Business Academy, thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of Amy McKay. Amy is a member of the national Youth Libraries Group committee and has recently taken on the role of Carnegie Kate Greenaway Coordinator.

Ginette Doyle, Chair of the SLA School Librarian of the Year Selection Committee, said:
"Amy McKay injects fun into her activities, whether to promote reading for pleasure or to demonstrate study skills. Her library is vibrant, colourful and full of displays promoting books, authors and reading. Passionate about her work she is a kind and caring individual who has an impact on the lives of her students: she is a very worthy winner of the 2016 award."

Upon winning SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2016 Amy McKay said:
''I'm absolutely delighted and overwhelmed. It feels unbelievable to be told you are School Librarian of the Year! There are so many brilliant school librarians out there that to be recognised in this way is such an honour.
I'm only able to do what I do because I have a hugely supportive school behind me. A school which really understands what a difference a well resourced library with a valued librarian can make. I wish every school had the vision mine does.
So let me say a huge thank you to everyone who recognises and supports school librarians. In particular, I'd like to extend a special thank you to my library colleague Christina Mangin - this award is as much hers as it is mine."

Amy's achievement this year is particularly notable because 2016 saw an unusually long Honour list for School Librarian of the Year, a testatment to the innovative, high quality work done by so many school librarians across the country. Five exceptional school librarians were considered for the award; each of them makes an exceptional contribution to the schools they work in.

The four other school librarians on the Honour List are:
Sophie Chalmers at Southbrook School, a special school in Devon for 120 children aged 11 to 16 with complex difficulties, Rachel Knight formerly of Sherborne Girls, an independent day and boarding school for 430 girls aged 11 to 18, Alison Tarrant at Cambourne Village College, a newly opened Free School with 495 students in years 7 to 9, and Lauren Thow formerly of Portobello High School, one of the largest State schools in Scotland with 1441 students.

From bringing books to life in highly imaginative and engaging ways, to generous and bold outreach work with their respective communities, via substantial and meaningful support for staff as well as pupils, Amy McKay and each librarian on the Honour list have made a huge difference to the lives of all they work with, igniting a passion for reading.

Read the full profiles of all the finalists:

Download the full press release:

SLYA 2016 winner press release

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Winner's Video Presentation

Amy McKay, Corby Business Academy

Honour List Video Presentations

Sophie Chalmers, Southbrook School, Devon

Rachel Knight, Sherborne Girls

Alison Tarrant, Cambourne Village College, Cambridgeshire

Lauren Thow, Portobello High School, Edinburgh

About SLYA

The School Librarian of the Year Award is the SLA's prestigious honour to recognize the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day, and to highlight the best practice of those whose work is outstanding.

To find out more about the School Librarian of the Year Award, explore these pages:

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