Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

Magazine article School Librarian

Editorial

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"This the season for awards in the world of school libraries, and The School Librarian is proud to give extensive coverage in this edition to the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award, the SLA Library Design Award, and the SLA Information Book Award. What a long way we have come in the few short years since the then President, Aidan Chambers, proposed the idea of a School Librarian of the Year Award, and since Anne Robinson became our first School Librarian of the Year in 2005. The three awards are now firmly embedded in the ethos of the SLA, bringing tremendous merit and prestige to the winners, to their schools, to the best of information book publishing for young people, and, not least in all that, to the immense professionalism, expertise, dedication and initiative of so many of our members.

In this edition we have devoted no less than nine pages to the three awards, with an introduction to the Celebration Day in London by Past-Chair Ginette Doyle, judges' citations for all the finalists in both the School Librarian of the Year Award and the Library Design Award, and an account by our Reviews Editor, Chris Brown, of the Information Book Award, held this year in Bath.

I hope you will enjoy and be inspired by what you read, and perhaps feel motivated to put your name forward for an award next year.

But there is life beyond the world of awards too, and also in this edition we are delighted to bring the second part of Alex Strick's incisive look at inclusivity and diversity in children's literature. …

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