School librarians in running for top award

School librarians in running for top award

Three school librarians have been shortlisted for the School Library Association's school librarian of the year award.

Helen Cleaves, Liz Millett and Tracey Needham will all have their work in schools celebrated at a ceremony on 6th October, where author and illustrator Chris Riddell will announce the winner of the SLA School Librarian of the Year award.

Cleaves works at Kingston Grammar School in Kingston Upon Thames, where she has "transformed the traditional school library into an active and integral part of the school".

Millett is librarian at the Weatherfield Academy in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, a special school for students with moderate learning difficulties and additional complex needs. Millett began developing a library space in 2009, and has seen good progress in the reading levels of pupils.

Needham is a teaching assistant with responsibility for the library at Sacred Heart RC Primary School in Barrow-in-Furness, and has developed a library in the past two years which was highly praised by Ofsted.

Ginette Doyle, chair of the SLA School Librarian of the Year selection committee, said: "Each year the exceptional standard of nominations we receive makes our job as judges more and more difficult. Once again we received high quality nominations and visited a variety of schools including a primary school, a special school, academies and independents. Our honour list librarians this year are truly impressive, each of their schools is unique, and they tailor their library service to their clients exactly, ensuring that they give the young people they deal with the best that they can."