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School Library/Literacy Consultants

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)sla.org.uk

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

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.

Bev Humphrey

Bev Humphrey is now a Literacy, School libraries and Technology Consultant after spending 10 years as a school librarian. She works with primary and secondary school staff to encourage reading for pleasure in young people of all ages and also edits Digital SLA, the technology section of the School Librarian. Bev has additionally been an Accelerated Reader Consultant for 8 years.

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.

Adam Lancaster

Adam Lancaster is first and foremost a school librarian. He is also an award winning Assistant Headteacher specialising in literacy, reading, and libraries. He has worked as a literacy consultant providing organisations in and out of education with literacy programmes.

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.

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.

John Royce

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

Sheels Educational Ltd

Sheels Educational Ltd, has been working with primary schools for over 20-years, providing books, learning materials and library services to schools according to their specifications and budgets.  


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.

Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor - www.taylormadelibraries.co.uk - worked throughout her 35 year career as a librarian in secondary schools and school library services in London.

Alec Williams

A former SLA Chair, Alec Williams has many years’ experience in public and school library services, in Chester, Lancashire, Calderdale and Leeds.