Do you need help or advice locally? Do you need someone to come into your school? The SLA recommend that you contact your local schools library service in most circumstances. Current school library services are listed here. Where these do not exist, or do not provide the service you need, an independent consultant is a good alternative.  

The inclusion of a consultant here does not indicate any recommendation or approval from the SLA - each school must take up references as appropriate.

Consultants: To advertise your services here please contact consultants(at)

N.B. There is a small fee of £75 (86) + VAT per year for each listing.

Don't forget the SLA offers consultancy services.

We are a small team, but we offer consultancy work dependant on availability. This can include a visit to  help with weeding, making changes to the current library, developing a new library or anything else you need guidance with. If we can't help we will put you in touch with someone who can. 

We can also offer specialised training for your school on developing a reading culture, reading for pleasure or information literacy. Please call or email us for more information. 

Barbara Band

Barbara Band is a professional librarian with over 25 years' experience, offering school library, reading and literacy consultancy services, including support, training and advice, to suit your needs and requirements. 

Barbara publishes regularly on a range of library, reading and literacy related topics, delivers associated training to both librarians and teachers, and works with a variety of literacy organisations to promote the value and benefits of school libraries. Workshops are informative and practical, backed up with research and tailored to individual needs and requests.

As a consultant, she is able to offer a completely flexible range of services to suit your requirements and priorities including library refurbishment, collection development, stock improvement (including diversity and LGBTQ*), promotion and whole school literacy. Full details and further information can be found on her website:

“I would recommend Barbara without reservation to any school.  She understands Safeguarding and operating Child Protection procedures.  She understands the curriculum and the needs across the age and ability spectrum, but above all she understands libraries and has an undiminished passion for books and the opportunities they provide to all young people.”

--Nigel Matthias, Headteacher, The Emmbrook School, Berkshire, 2006 - 2016

Elizabeth Hutchinson

Elizabeth Hutchinson 

Elizabeth Hutchinson is a professionally qualified librarian with over 16 years experience in school libraries and schools library services. She achieved Fellowship of CILIP on the strength of her teaching and advocacy for school libraries. She is an international speaker, vice-Chair of the #GreatSchoolLibraries campaign, a committee member for the CILIP SLG (School Library Group), renowned blogger and a regular columnist in the CILIP ‘Information Professional’. 

Elizabeth runs an online forum to provide CPD (Continued Professional Development) for school library staff where they can share their ideas and learning.  She was a finalist and runner up in the LILAC Information Literacy Award, where she demonstrated her passion in engaging teachers and students in quality research through running a whole school inset day for teachers.   

As an adviser she can offer a range of services to suit the needs of your school. These include how to effectively use your school library in inquiry learning and training for library staff and teachers ensuring schools are getting value from their school library across the whole curriculum. 

Further information can be found on her website

Mona Joshi

Mona Joshi is a professional librarian with over 25 years experience. She most recently transformed the Learning Resource Centre at Westminster City School in London (2010 – 2016) and is passionate about 'reading for life' and embedding the library into school culture as a key central resource. She has a proven track record in engaging students and staff using a range of reading strategies, events and displays. Check out her LinkedIn profile for more information and recommendations. 

Little Creative Days

Tonya Meers (The Chief Storyteller) & Natasha Dennis (The Crafty Chief) are co-founders of Little Creative Days, an educational resources and training company. They provide a wide range of interactive literacy based and story related workshops for primary schools and early years settings.

Tonya Meers (The Chief Storyteller) & Natasha Dennis (The Crafty Chief)  are co-founders of Little Creative Days, an educational resources and training company. They provide a wide range of interactive literacy based and story related workshops for primary schools and early years settings.

They have won a number of education awards for their educational creative storytelling kits and from this they have developed a range of writing workshops for primary schools as well as a number of story related workshops for early years practitioners. Their courses include, Safeguarding through stories, How to get children to interact with stories, Using big books and puppets for EAL and storytelling.  They can also run workshops for parents to help their children develop a love of literacy. (Free if booked with another one of our workshops)

All courses can be adapted to suit the particular needs of the school or setting. They are fully interactive and are guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face and buzzing with ideas.

They can also help you to raise funds for your school or setting as they will donate £1 for every one of their books that they sell at a book signing and you can use the money to either buy additional resources from them or reduce the cost of your workshop.

Tonya & Natasha are passionate about helping to raise literacy standards in children and they know that it is a key factor in helping a child to succeed in life. 

For more information go to

Sarah Pavey

Sarah Pavey has over 20 years' experience as a professionally qualified librarian in schools both in the independent and maintained sectors. Peters Bookselling Services Professional Librarian Consultants Peters Bookselling Services has a team of professional librarians with a wealth of career experience in public libraries, school libraries, School Library Services, mobile and prison libraries.

Sarah Pavey has over 20 years’ experience as a professionally qualified librarian in schools both in the independent and maintained sectors. She also has worked in pharmaceuticals as an information scientist and in qualitative market research. Sarah specialises in information skills / information literacy training courses for librarians, teachers and students. As a consultant she has helped set up modern school libraries with an emphasis on digital resources. Sarah is the author of several library publications and regularly speaks at conferences that have included BETT and Online Information.

Sarah achieved Fellowship of CILIP on the strength of her information literacy lateral thinking game and had built on this to promote the use of games to teach information handling. She has also written publications for the SLA on mobile technology in schools and shows how this can be utilised as a learning tool for revision and presentation skills as well as for information literacy.

Full details of services as an independent consultant can be found on her website

John Royce

John Royce has more than 40 years experience in teaching and school librarianship in Zambia, England, Malawi, Germany and Turkey.

John has presented at conferences and led workshops around the world. He has published papers and articles in the professional press, and is the author of Credit where it's due: the school library preventing plagiarism in the SLA Guideline series.  He has served on SLA, ECIS, IASL, IB, and other library committees.  He has served on CIS and ECIS Accreditation Team visiting teams, and has also given consultancy advice to schools in UK, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

Now returned to England, John has gone freelance!

He is particularly interested in the promotion of academic honesty, advocating a positive approach. He has a healthy view of technology in education and in our daily lives, and has delved into research on the brain, reading and screen-reading, and on privacy and other issues.He also teaches critical thinking and the need to stay aware and to THINK!  And much, much more.   John is an authorised IB workshop leader and has designed and led workshops for librarians and for teachers.

As well as consultancy visits and advice on library matters, John offers informative, practical, entertaining and empowering presentations and workshops for librarians, teachers and students, tailor-made to meet your needs.

Find out more about John and his contact details at

Susan Staniforth

Susan Staniforth has 35 years experience of working in public and school libraries and was Manager of Library Services for Education (LSE) for 11 years until July 2014. 

Prior to this she worked with public libraries and was responsible for children’s services in the south of Gloucestershire as well as sharing responsibility for some county wide children’s services. Susan’s time with LSE gave her a wide range of experience in schools in both the state and the independent sectors which she is now offering on a full freelance consultancy basis to schools including library support and INSET sessions.

Susan holds an Honours degree in Librarianship and is a Chartered Librarian. She is a member of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).

She was Chair of the South West branch of the Youth Libraries Group (the children’s branch of CILIP) from January 2010 until December 2011 and has been a member of the School Libraries Group national committee (the schools branch of CILIP) since January 2009.

Susan has been a Board member and Treasurer of the School Library Association and has been part of this organisation since February 2012. She was also chosen to be part of the Booktrust School Library pack 2013 panel in 2013.

Full details of Susan’s services as an independent consultant can be found at her website