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Cilip SLG/SLA Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award:

A joint CILIP SLG/SLA initiative


This new 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.


  • Pupils must have served within a school library for at least two years at the time of nomination.
  • Pupils must be at least 13 years of age at the time of nomination.

Criteria for Nomination:

The School Librarian should nominate pupils of outstanding quality and commitment and give reasons under the following five headings on the attached Nomination Form:

Personal qualities

Examples of particular contribution (i.e. helping other pupils, taking part in Pupil Committee, helping with library web pages, helping with displays, etc.)

Role Model (describe how the nominee is a role model for other pupils and supports the goals and vision of the school library)

Reader and Library User (describe the reading and library habits of the nominee)

Promotion (describe how the nominee promotes the school library)

Nominated pupils should exhibit many of the following desirable qualities:

  • Supports the vision and goals of the library
  • Promotes the role and services of the library to the school community
  • Acts as a role model for other pupils
  • Willing to help pupils and staff
  • Promotes reading
  • Enthusiastic
  • Punctual, reliable and trustworthy
  • Works accurately and can demonstrate good IT skills
  • Is a regular library user and has a good knowledge of books and resources in the library

Nominated pupils should make an impact on their school library which can be demonstrated by themselves and their Librarian.  They are also encouraged to reflect on how working in the library has helped them.

Award Process:

Electronic nominations using the form below should be submitted to:

PLYA Nomination Form August 2014

Word document, 70 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)


CILIP President Barbara Band by 31st October 2014 president[at] (In future years this will be the Chair of the Judging Panel).

A shortlist of candidates will be drawn up by the Judging Panel and announced during the first week of the school term in January.   The Judging Panel to be chaired by SLG and SLA in alternate years.

Shortlisted pupils will be asked to submit a portfolio of evidence by 13th February 2015 (date to be the last Friday before half term in any year).  The portfolio should be sent electronically and include the following (though this is not an inclusive list):

  • Evidence of commitment and reliability
  • Evidence of the range of tasks undertaken in the school library
  • A short (100-150 words) article on the impact the nominee has made on their school library and why they think it is important.  This can be written jointly by the pupil and the librarian.
  • A Recommendation (100-150 words) of a book/resource (this could be online) they have enjoyed or found particularly useful
  • An Idea of their own to improve their school library (100-150 words)
  • Supporting photo evidence

The shortlisted nominees will be invited to an Awards Ceremony to be held on Thursday 12th March at a London venue. Nominees may be accompanied by up to 5 guests to include the Proposer.

The winner of the Award will receive:

  • £100 worth of books
  • £100 worth of books for their school library
  • Glass book trophy x 2 for the winner and for their school librarian/library
  • A certificate

Shortlisted nominees will receive:

  • £50 worth of books
  • A certificate

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