SLYA 2006


The winner of the School Librarian of the Year Award 2006 was announced to a packed theatre full of school librarians and special guests at the Library and Information Show on 27th April 2006. The Awards were introduced by Aidan Chambers, award winning author for young people who is currently President of the SLA and was instrumental in the setting up of the Award in 2004.

In presenting the award, Jacqueline Wilson, the Children's Laureate, said:

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The SLA Lifetime Achievement Award, a new award, was presented for the first time to Lynn Barrett.

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In her long and distinguished career as a School Librarian, Lynn Barrett has worked most recently at Dixons City Technology College (now City Academy) in Bradford where she developed a library from scratch. Her work there, with Mal Danks, the Co-ordinator of Individual Learning Development, developed a focus on information literacy and resulted in the CTC receiving a National Training Award for an exemplary programme that made a difference to teachers and students in 2003.

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The 2006 Honour List was announced at the London Book Fair on Monday 6th March. Alec Williams, Chair of the SLA for 2004-2006, announced the Honour List of librarians who were considered by the judging panel to be outstanding examples of best practice and innovation in their particular phases of education. The Honour List librarians, and their Head Teachers, received certificates from SLA President Aidan Chambers. They also received books for their libraries from a number of publishers.

The librarians honoured (citations for the Honour List librarians can be read by clicking the relevant name below):

  • Nancy Anstee - Waycroft Primary School, Bristol
  • Debbie Carr - Willows High School, Cardiff
  • Jayne Gould - Broke Hall Community Primary School, Ipswich
  • Katie McGivern - St Patrick's High School, Coatbridge
  • Anne-Marie Tarter - Ripon Grammar School