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MLS to sponsor SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2006

The School Library Association is delighted to announce that the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award is to be sponsored for 2006 by Micro Librarian Systems (MLS) makers of Eclipse and Junior Librarian management systems for school libraries.

Last year’s inaugural award, which was won by Anne Robinson, Librarian of Nicholas Chamberlaine School, Bedworth, Warwickshire, was a huge success, with a first class Honour List of school librarians from England, Scotland and Ireland.

The award, which is the brainchild of SLA’s President, the award winning author for young people Aidan Chambers, is intended to raise the profile of staff working in school libraries, often unsung, usually single handed and sometimes struggling with a range of challenges. “It is intended to celebrate best practice – and there is a lot of it about” says the SLA.

Andy O'BrienAndy O’Brien, Managing Director of MLS, in confirming the sponsorship, said:

"We are proud to sponsor this award and recognise the important contribution made by librarians to the quality of school life. A well-stocked, organised and inviting library is no longer a luxury but a necessary tool for educating our children and the determination and imagination of our school librarians is helping to make it a reality in many schools."

The nomination period for this year has now closed and judging will take place over the winter, with the Honour List announced in the spring and the final winner in early summer 2006.

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