The SLA runs three awards and supports a fourth. These awards celebrate the various different elements of school libraries, and are important in getting the recognition for the sector that is so well deserved.
We are incredibly grateful to all our partners, sponsors and supporters whose continued work means all these awards can continue to go from success to success.
All the awards are entirely reliant on sponsorship as money from memberships is not spent on the awards.
School Librarian of the Year AwardThe School Librarian of the Year Award is the SLA's prestigious honour to recognise the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day, and to highlight the best practice of those whose work is outstanding.
Information Book Award
The Information Book Award is in its eighth year and was a major development for information books. It was designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of access to information books whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available. The SLA Information Book Award is sponsored by Hachette Children's Group and is supported by Peters Books and Furniture.
The biannual SLA Inspiration Award is given to the school library space that shows inspiration, innovation, creativity and resourcefulness in its library design and in use, either through creative use of specific products or promotions. What matters is not how big the school library space is, but what it has achieved with the available resources and the challenges it faces.
Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award
The Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award is to recognise the contribution made by pupils who work in their school libraries, to acknowledge the skills gained and to give them the recognition they deserve, both within and outside their school community. The Award was inaugurated in 2015 and is a joint venture between the CILIP School Libraries Group (SLG) and the School Library Association.