"The SLA School Librarian of the Year Award celebrates the essential work that school
librarians are doing at a time when school libraries are being closed at an alarming rate.
We were impressed by the passion and dedication of the librarians we visited and the
innovative and inspirational ways in which they bring books and an enthusiasm for learning
into the heart of the school and into the lives of children. We had a hard job selecting a
short list and feel that everyone on the Honour list should be celebrated.” Ginette Doyle,
Chair of the Selection committee and Chair of the School Library Association.
The SLA School Librarian of the Year 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.
This year there are six exceptional school librarians on the SLA School Librarian of the Year
two librarians from Scotland, one from the Isle of Bute.
Sue Bastone – Licensed Victuallers’ School, Ascot
Rebecca Jones – Malvern St James, Worcestshire
Shiona Lawson – Rothesay Academy, Isle of Bute
Denise Reed – Hurst Prep School, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex
Kevin Sheehan - Offerton School, Stockport
Duncan Wright - Stewart’s Melville College, Edinburgh
Their work will be celebrated at a ceremony held at London Zoo on International
School Library Day, 4th October when the SLA School Librarian of the Year 2010
will be announced.
Alasdair Darroch, Director of Softlink Europe and the main sponsor of the 2010 Award says:
“Softlink is extremely proud to be associated with supporting the School Librarian of the
Year Award for the third successive year. We recognise the important contribution
Librarians make to schools throughout the UK, inspiring the development of student literacy
whilst keeping their libraries at the heart of learning.”
Alan Hurcombe, Group MD Scholastic UK says: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the
School Librarian of the Year Award 2011. Helping schools to support their librarians and
promote the love of reading is a key part of what we do and this award gives us the
opportunity to celebrate and recognise the best work that happens in our schools on a daily
basis. Very many congratulations to the librarians who have made it to this year’s Honour