SLYA 2020

Nominations are open for the School Library Association School Librarian of the Year Award 2020. 

Nominations are open to school library staff (ie anyone who has responsibility for the school library – this may be a TA or other member of staff in primary schools; or a library/reading manager in secondary schools) in the UK and Ireland. The School Librarian of the Year Award is an opportunity to shine a light on the exceptional work that goes on in school libraries across the country and the impact this has on staff and pupils.

All nominations are anonymised and considered in light of the school’s context. 

The nomination form asks for information about activity in the following areas: 

  • Professional and personal qualities;

  • Showcase projects; 

  • Teaching and Learning; 

  • Reading for Pleasure; 

  • Promotion.

It may be that not all these areas are covered equally, and reasoning for priorities is also taken into consideration. 

The deadline for nominations has been extended to noon, Tuesday 5th November 2019.

Previous winners say:

Winning the SLYA has been amazing and has helped me to develop my confidence, do things out of my comfort zone and develop professionally.” Emma Suffield, School Librarian of the Year 2018

I still have to pinch myself to believe I won SLYA. It was a huge honour and continues to make me smile on a daily basis. The awards process provided great CPD, as it gave me a reason to truly examine and reflect on what I was doing. Since winning, a huge number of opportunities have opened up to me and my students, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredible people.” Amy McKay, School Librarian of the Year 2016

Winning the School Librarian of the Year Award was and remains a very special and proud moment within my school librarian career. It is a privilege to have my name listed amongst so many other brilliant and dedicated school librarians.” Duncan Wright, Joint School Librarian of the Year 2010

Nomination forms and more information can be found at: https://www.sla.org.uk/school-librarian-of-the-year-award

Please contact slya@sla.org.uk with any questions.

Sponsors

The School Librarian of the Year Award is sponsored by the Foyle Foundation and Macmillan Children's Books.

The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant making Trust supporting UK charities which, since its formation in 2001, has become a major funder of the Arts and Learning. The Foundation also operates a community small grants programme and a national school library improvement scheme.

Macmillan Children's Books: www.panmacmillan.com

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