Millett named School Librarian of the Year

Millett named School Librarian of the Year

Liz Millett, a librarian at Weatherfield Academy in Dunstable, has won the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2014.
 
The School Library Association (SLA), which organises the award, said it chose Millett for her work in setting up the library at Weatherfield Academy, which is for students with moderate learning difficulties and additional needs.
 
“What we found so inspiring about our winner was that the students she deals with were confident and efficient library users,” said Ginette Doyle, chair of the selection committee. “Liz uses whatever means she can to ensure that they have books that they can access, at their level, and the response that the students gave us… showed us she is doing an outstanding job.”
 
Millett said: “My aim is to increase their pleasure from reading whatever level they are at to make sure they are not frightened by books or put off them, so they will come to see reading as something they will always have for themselves.”
 
Author and illustrator Chris Riddell presented Millett with the award at a ceremony at the Hotel Russell in London.
 
Two librarians were also named on an “honours list”; Helen Cleaves from Kingston Grammar School in Kingston-Upon-Thames and Tracey Needham from Sacred Heart RC Primary School in Barrow-in-Furness.
 
Cleaves has turned her library into an active and integral part of the school, and Needham has increased loans from her library by 75%, said the SLA.
 
The SLA launched the School Librarian of the Year award in 2004 to recognise the work done by librarians to promote reading and learning opportunities.