2009 WINNER

Lucy Bakewell of Hill West Primary School in Sutton Coldfield was announced as the School Librarian of the Year 2009 in the award ceremony at London Zoo on 5 October 2009. She was presented with her award by Anne Cassidy, award-winning author of Looking for JJ.

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The work of three other exceptional school librarians on the SLYA Honour List was also celebrated:

  • Barbara Band from The Emmbrook School in Wokingham
  • Joy Wassell Timms from the Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury
  • Lynne Varley from Sponne School Technology College in Towcester.

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  • Joy Wassell Timms - Parrs Wood High School, Didsbury
  • Lucy Bakewell of Hill West Primary School in Sutton Coldfield - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR 2009
  • Barbara Band - The Emmbrook School, Wokingham
  • Lynne Varley - Sponne Community Technology College, Towcester

The four finalists were chosen for their outstanding work in their school library from a pool of excellent candidates.


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Standing:

  • Ingrid Hopson - SLA School Librarian of the Year 2007
  • Tricia Adams - Director School Library Association (SLA)
  • Geoff Dubber - Chair SLA
  • Anne Robinson - SLA School Librarian of the Year 2005
  • Alyx Price - Scholastic (sponsor)
  • Anne Cassidy - author and guest speaker
  • Nikki Heath - SLA School Librarian of the Year 2008
  • Elaine McQuade - Scholastic (sponsor)
  • Ginette Doyle - Chair SLYA Panel
  • Alasdair Darroch - Softlink Europe (sponsor)
  • Lucy Haire - Learn.co.uk, The Guardian (sponsor)
  • Miranda McKearney - President SLA/The Reading Agency


Seated - the four School Librarians on the SLA School Librarian of the Year 2009 Honour List:

  • Joy Wassell-Timms - Parrs Wood High School, Didsbury
  • Lucy Bakewell of Hill West Primary School in Sutton Coldfield - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR 2009
  • Barbara Band - The Emmbrook School, Wokingham
  • Lynne Varley - Sponne Community Technology College, Towcester

Sponsors

The Guardian/Digital Archive

The Guardian is delighted to support the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2009. The Guardian supports educational professionals with its weekly education supplement and also daily coverage of education news, policy and practice on www.guardian.co.uk/archive. Also available are a range of deep and broad teaching and learning & reference websites for use in schools. Our latest offering, the Guardian and Observer Digital Archive - all the papers back to 1791 available online - is an ideal whole-school resource. Subscriptions to this and our our daily online news service for school pupils, learnnewsdesk, will be awarded to SLA School Librarian of the Year  winners. To find out more or request a free trial of our school resources, email mailto:learncontact(at)guardian.co.uk or call 020 3353 4059.

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About the Award

The School Library Association created this Award in 2004 in response to the need for recognition of the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day, and to highlight best practice through celebrating those whose work is outstanding. Nominees do not need to be members of the SLA, and may be from any phase of education.