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Cilip SLG/SLA Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award: National Award celebrates Pupil Librarian Achievements at the House of Commons

Award winning author Tanya Landman is joining school librarians, authors, publishers and other names from the literacy organisations to celebrate the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award; a joint venture between the School Library Association and the CILIP School Libraries Group.

An eight-strong shortlist has been selected from a very impressive field of nominations from school librarians across the UK. The winner will be announced by Landman at a special ceremony on Friday 16th March at Portcullis House, Westminster.

The eight finalists are:

  • James Belcher, Abbeyfield School, Chippenham
  • Colin Dowling, Moulsham High School, Chelmsford
  • Ed Goundrey-Smith, Sibford School, Banbury
  • Brougham Hardy, Belmont Community School, Durham
  • Maia Hipwood, Howartd of Effingham School, Leatherhead
  • Hannah Marsden, Ribston Hall High School, Gloucester
  • Destiny Rothery, Caister Academy, Great Yarmouth
  • Anna Heathcote Woodbridge, Derby High School

Barbara Band, Chair of the Judging Panel and founder of the award said “Week after week many students support the libraries in their schools by giving of their time and effort. Sadly, this is too often unrecognised and unrewarded. Yet these students are not only helping to create a lively and effective library that responds to the needs of its users, they are also gaining valuable skills and experience in the process, skills that will enable them to succeed in further education and the workplace. This award was created to recognise that work and also to highlight the unique synergy that often exists between a pupil and the school library.”

Tricia Adams, Director of the School Library Association said “Pupil library assistants are a valuable element in the running of school libraries – giving service to the school but also gaining skills and confidence from the work they do in the library, which ultimately feeds back into their academic achievement and their motivation.”

Caroline Roche, Chair of the CILIP School Libraries Group said “The work that pupil librarians do is invaluable in their schools.  Many school librarians are lone workers and therefore rely heavily on assistance from pupil librarians during busy periods.  But, more than that, many of these pupils enrich their libraries: recommending books, talking to their peers, creating newsletters, contributing to blogs, helping create displays - all the extras which can make a library vibrant and interesting. All of this enriches not only the library, but adds to their personal development.  SLG thoroughly endorses this Award.”

Open to pupils who assist in school libraries across the UK, the award recognises the impact of their work on their school and its library and equally the value of the experience to the children’s lives. Entries are judged by a panel of leading figures from the children’s book world and school library community.


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