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Elections to the SLA Board: About the Candidates

About the Board | About the Election | About the Board Candidates

Susan Bastone

  • Chartered Librarian (MCLIP) – Fellowship application submitted Jan 17
  • 25 years’ experience in school libraries includes state and independent, all ages.
  • Current school: LVS Ascot, Library consultant. Formerly Head of Learning Resources 2004-16.
  • External Trainer: TwoSues Training 2007-14; JCS Trainer 2014-16.
  • Professional: Chair SLA Central & East Berkshire branch 2010-14. SLG National Committee member 2011-16.
  • Achievements: SLA Librarian of the Year Honour List 2010; Founder member of Berkshire Book Award and Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award.
  • Extra contribution to the profession: I have contributed various articles and publications particularly on Reader Development and Information Literacy to: Books for Keeps, The School Librarian, SLiV, CILIP Guidelines for Secondary School Libraries, Carel Press, Independent School Magazine.
  • Literacy work: I am currently working with the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators to facilitate sponsored author visits to schools in disadvantaged areas, an area of work I intend to develop.

My aims are twofold:

  • to develop 21st century learners by giving our students the skills to navigate and understand the online information world and,
  • To encourage and work with every child to develop a love of story and reading for pleasure which will affect their whole life chances.

Nominated by Emma Keeler and Barbara Band

Amy McKay

I have been a school librarian for an amazing 12 years and have held my current position for 9 years. SMT describe my library as “an outstanding library in an improving school”. In addition to running this library, I also support the development of other secondary and primary libraries across a trust of schools. I am an active member of YLG, having previously chaired EMYLG and represented them as a CKG judge. I am currently CKG National Coordinator. In 2016 I was delighted to be named SLA School Librarian of the Year. I am passionate about the power and importance of school libraries, with a particular focus on engaging non-traditional readers and library users.

Nominated by Carl Cross and Juliet Walsh

Alison Tarrant

I am the Librarian for Cambourne Village College, Cambridgeshire, and have been since 2013. Previous to joining Cambourne VC I worked in a school library with a sixth form, and completed my Masters in Information and Library Studies at Aberystwyth, with modules in Youth Librarianship; Management, and Research in the Profession. In 2016 I achieved Cilip Chartership and was shortlisted for School Librarian of the Year. I have been the Chair of the Youth Libraries Group - Eastern since 2012 which has given me experience in leading AGMs, planning training days, liaising with speakers, and supporting committee members in their roles. I have completed ‘Middle Leaders’ training at school and am undertaking research to support advocacy for school libraries.

Nominated by Lesley Martin and Carl Cross

Océane Toffoli

I would like to stand for election because I want to actively contribute to providing support and advice for School Librarians who like me, want to make a difference in our field. I feel my international experience in modern aspects of the library world, combined with a more traditional LIS education can be of help to today’s School Librarians. I am also committed to my own CPD, regularly attending talks and conferences run by SLA (London Branch) and CILIP YLG London.

My qualifications are:

  • BA Library and Information Studies (Uni. Jean Jaurès, France)
  • MSc Econ Library and Information Studies (Aberystwyth Uni., Wales)

After working several years in academic libraries both in France and in the U.K., I took the thrilling (albeit daunting!) challenge to set up a school library from scratch (empty room of 466m²) on my own in the brand new Lycée International Winston Churchill (HA9) — where students and staff are all given an iPad when joining the school. Once I felt the foundations were laid, I decided it was time to fully embrace the British educational system and I applied for a Senior School Librarian role in Wimbledon High School (SW19), which is my current position. WHS library is already rich in educational online databases but I’m working on modernizing it and transforming it into a “connected” library — this includes supplying 21st century digital tools to students and staff by providing them with eBooks and eMagazines and supporting the new BYOD school policy.

Nominated by Marion Le Lannou and David Rose