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School Librarian of the Year Award 2012


Adam Lancaster The SLA School Librarian of the Year 2012 was announced on School Libraries Celebrations Day, 1 October 2012.

Congratulations to Adam Lancaster, SLA School Librarian of the Year 2012.

Kevin Crossley-Holland, President of the School Library Association, presented the award to Adam Lancaster, Librarian/Associate Head Teacher at Monk’s Walk School, Welwyn Garden City.

Adam Lancaster may well be the first school librarian to be appointed associate assistant headteacher, without being a trained teacher. He took up his additional post at Monk’s Walk in September 2012 when the former 11-18 specialist science college achieved academy status. In addition, he is a school governor and was a member of the panel appointing the new headteacher. No surprise then that library is firmly at the heart of school life and there are two applicants for every pupil librarian post, even though Adam has appointed 60 this year. For more information read his SLYA profile

Kevin Crossley-Holland, President of the School Library Association, congratulated all the finalist librarians and said:

“Make no mistake about it! School libraries and school librarians are under real pressure – political apathy, cuts in their budgets, threats of redundancy, status within their schools. But all over the country, individual librarians are doing imaginative and valiant and, frankly, quite crucial work, inspiring a love of reading within their schools and communities. They’re not only custodians of the storyhoard, the river of poems and the building blocks of information but brokers of the relationship between books as physical artefacts and the Digital Age. Now, the very best of them have been shortlisted to be the SLA School Librarian of the Year. It’s an award that matters, and it should be recognised by each and every one of us.”

Honour List for 2012

Three exceptional school librarians were selected as the Honour List finalists for the SLA School Librarian of the Year 2012. Read their full profiles:

Rosalind Buckland – Librarian, Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, Lancaster

Adam Lancaster – Librarian/Associate Assistant Headteacher, Monk’s Walk School, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Gill Trueman – Library and Information Manager, Peasedown St John Primary School, near Bath.

Presentations from the 2012 School Librarian of the Year Award

Adam Lancaster's Presentation
Gill Trueman's Presentation


The Award in 2012 is sponsored by Raintree and Scholastic. The SLA is very grateful for this sponsorship, without which the Award could not continue in its current format.

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