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SLA launch new awards for 2022

14 June 2021 Share

We are delighted to announce the launch of two brand new awards for 2022: the Enterprise of the Year Award and the Community Award.

We're also pleased to announce an exciting change to our School Librarian of the Year Award. For the first time, the award will now be split into a Primary category, sponsored by Authors Abroad, and a Secondary category.

Enterprise of the Year Award

This award celebrates one-off or progressive projects (rather than regular library activity) such as a rebuilding/refurbishment, or a whole school information literacy project, which develop literacy, community and independence in children. There are no restrictions as to what the project is, but submissions should be able to demonstrate the need for the project. 

The award is open to SLA members in state, academy and private SLA members, of all age groups in the UK.


  • Is there evidence of imaginative use of resources in the form of space, stock or other materials?
  • What has been the impact of this project on pupils/the school as a whole/the sector?
  • What challenges were encountered/overcome?
  • How was engagement and consultation with the benefitting community conducted?
  • What were your objectives and how were they met?


June: Open submissions 

December: Close submissions (Depending on the number of entries, long/short listing will take place during this time.)

June: Awards evening to announce winner

We are currently looking for a sponsor for this award. If you'd like to know more please contact Elly Roberts on

The Community Award

Proudly sponsored by the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, this award recognises community effort by celebrating the high-quality working partnerships that exist in so many schools across the country.

This award could go to a School's Library Service, an external team, or even a local business who goes ‘above and beyond’ to support a school library. It will also be open to individuals who have supported schools, and we reserve the right to award to a team and an individual in one year as the contributions they make will vary so widely. 


  • The support should demonstrate some form of sustainability 
  • It should not be simply one way, but a partnership of mutual benefit which extends beyond a commercial agreement
  • The nominated support can be in the form of financial, infrastructure, advice, resources or other Innovative ideas are welcome, with practical applications
  • Educational objectives to be linked to the Library/School Development Plan


June: nominations open

January: nominations close

January: shortlisting meeting

February: Requests for further information if required

March: Winner decision meeting

June: Awards celebration


All SLA awards are chaired by an SLA trustee, and all judges have a maximum term of 3-5 years. There should be a mix of experience and there should be about 5 judges in total.

We're pleased to be bale to create more opportunities to showcase the incredible work which goes on in the sector, and can't wait to open submissions for these awards next week!