Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

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It's wonderful that the SLA Celebration Day, recognising the best of our librarians and library designs in the School Librarian of the Year Award and the School Library Design Award, has become such an established and important feature our annual calendar. As our Chair, Lin Smith, points out in her introduction to several pages of in-depth coverage of the awards, the School Librarian of the has now been awarded eight times, while the School Library Design Award, still its infancy at two years old, is already attracting a great deal of attention.

As always, we have great pleasure in printing the citations for all the shortlisted candidates for both awards. They make great reading. One day we must publish the accumulated citations over the whole history of these awards, to serve as superb blueprint for good practice, for that is what they are.

It's wonderful also to print in full the passionate and heartfelt acceptance speech given by Adam Lancaster on becoming School Librarian of the Year. In just a words, Adam points the way forward for us all. Well done Adam--you gave me lump in my throat! And well done also to Duston School, Northampton, winner the School Library Design Award.

Coincidentally, but entirely appropriately, our coverage of this year's Awards day followed by an excellent, erudite and well-reasoned article by Carol Webb, School Librarian of the Year in 2011. Carol makes a strong statement for school librarians being leaders of learning, using examples of her own work, as well as general principles, to illustrate her theme. …

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