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School Librarian of the Year Award

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The School Librarian of the Year Award is the SLA's prestigious honour to recognise the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day, and to highlight the best practice of those whose work is outstanding.

"Giving school library staff the recognition they deserve"

Announcement of the 2019 Honour List

Slya Trio 2019The School Librarian of the Year Award is the School Library Association's prestigious honour to recognize the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day and highlight the best practice of those whose work is outstanding. Three exciting and innovative librarians have made it onto the Honour List for the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2019.

  • Ros Harding - Head Librarian and Archivist at The King's School Chester
  • Chantal Kelleher - Learning Resource Centre Manager at Herne Bay High School
  • Helen Cleaves - Librarian/Learning Resources Manager at Kingston Grammar School

These are three exceptional school librarians; each has made a huge difference to the lives of the students and people they work with, igniting a passion for reading, setting students on a learning journey, teaching them essential skills, as well as supporting staff and reaching out to the wider community. Any one of these three would be a worthy winner of the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award. Full profiles will follow on the SLA website.

Sue Bastone, Chair of the SLA School Librarian of the Year Selection Committee, said: "The Honour List this year are a remarkable set of librarians. They have come through from an extremely strong field and the judges have had very difficult decisions at each stage. These school librarians are leaders in the field and exemplars for the profession."

Read the full Press Release:

SLYA Honour List Press Release

Short Profiles

Harding,Ros

Ros Harding

Head Librarian and Archivist at The King's School Chester (www.kingschester.co.uk, an independent selective school for 3-18 year olds), Ros Harding contributes in many ways to the life of the school and to the wellbeing of its students and staff. She was described variously as  "caring, for people but also for the library itself", "inspiring curiosity" and a "tour de force". As well as establishing a School Book Award, Ros is an excellent ambassador of research skills and ensures all aspects of the school to have a place within the library. She empowers pupils and gives outstanding support and pastoral care. 
[at]kingschester   [at]KSCLibrarian   [at]thekingsschoolchester     

 

Kelleher,Chantal

Chantal Kelleher

Learning Resource Centre Manager at Herne Bay High School, (www.hernebayhigh.org, an above-average-sized, mixed, non-selective Secondary academy), Chantal Kelleher, is dedicated to developing a whole school approach to reading and information literacy, ensuring the LRC is a vibrant and colourful hub at the centre of the school. From filming staff reciting poems to creating book-filled goody bags for transition students, via the LGBT pupil group she supports and her innovative use of the library to support different departments in the school, it is clear that Chantal has great passion for promoting the LRC with creativity and flair.
[at]hernebayhigh

 

Cleaves,HelenHelen Cleaves

Librarian/Learning Resources Manager at Kingston Grammar School (www.kgs.org.uk, an independent, co-educational day school), Helen Cleaves has an impact which extends well beyond the library doors. From welcoming new staff with a breakfast croissant and liaising closely with pastoral staff through to promoting academic rigour at Head of Department meetings, Helen is utterly committed to ensuring that the library is welcoming, relevant and purposeful. Innovative reading promotions including establishing the school's first Poet Laureate and regularly producing The Guilty Librarian podcast.
[at]KGS_Library      [at]kgs_libraryuk

Celebration Event

The Honour List will be announced at the weekend conference on Saturday 22 June 2019. 

The Award ceremony will take place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington SW7 4LH on Thursday 27 June 2019.

Thank you to this year’s judges: Amy McKay, Margaret Pemberton, Stephen King and chair Sue Bastone.

2018 Winner Announced

Emma Suffield

Emma Suffield at Saint Wilfrid's C of E Academy in Blackburn has been awarded the School Librarian of the Year 2018.

View the profiles of all the 2018 finalists, a report of the award ceremony and the video presentations at SLA School Librarian of the Year 2018.

About SLYA

The School Librarian of the Year Award is the SLA's prestigious honour to recognize the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day, and to highlight the best practice of those whose work is outstanding.

To find out more about the School Librarian of the Year Award, explore these pages:

Sponsors

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

Foyle LogoThe 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 LogoMacmillan Children's Books: www.panmacmillan.com