The School Library Association (SLA) has awarded the School Librarian of the Year Award to Ros Harding from The King’s School Chester.
Harding, whose title is head librarian, was announced as the winner ahead of shortlistees Chantal Kelleher, learning resource centre manager at Herne Bay High School, and Helen Cleaves, librarian and learning resources manager at Kingston Grammar School.
Sue Bastone, chair of this year’s selection committee, said: “It was a real honour to visit the three exceptional librarians on this year's honour list and it was incredibly difficult for the judges to pick a winner. Ros’s professionalism and contribution to teaching and learning make her a highly valued equal among her teaching colleagues. Her caring and inclusive nature is appreciated by students, staff and parents, many of whom describe her as inspiring, not least in the way she makes things happen to the benefit of all who come into contact with her, from junior school pupils to the senior leadership team.”
Harding was presented with her prize at a ceremony in London last week by Sara Barnard, author and winner of this year’s YA Book Prize.