SLYA 2007


Ingrid Hopson of George Abbot School, Guildford, has been announced the SLA’s School Librarian of the Year for 2007.

In recognising the qualities that made her the winner of this year's award the judges noted 'Ingrid manages two libraries in this large 11-18 comprehensive. The Upper School Information Centre offers a university-type library experience, while the Lower School Gallery Library incorporates many of Ingrid’s design and layout ideas. Here we witnessed what a superb teacher she is.

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The Honour List 2007, which was announced on 2nd May by Michael Morpurgo, comprised the following exemplary librarians (click on a name to read the relevant citation):

  • Fay Dowding, Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
  • Amanda Gough, Kellett School, Hong Kong
  • Barbara Hickford, Our Lady’s Covent Senior School, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
  • Ingrid Hopson, George Abbot School, Guildford
  • Helen Pallett, Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham
  • Helen Roberts, Lea Valley High School and Sports Academy, Enfield

"The SLA School Librarian of the Year Award was the brainchild of the then SLA President Aidan Chambers. The Award, created in 2004, aims to recognise the excellent work that is carried out in our school libraries every day; helping students learn how to learn, enthusing children and young people about books and reading and raising achievement. It highlights and spreads best practice and innovation through celebrating those whose work is outstanding." - Eileen Armstrong, Chair of the School Library Association.