Magazine article School Librarian

School Libraries Celebration Day: The SLA's Awards for 2013

Magazine article School Librarian

School Libraries Celebration Day: The SLA's Awards for 2013

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Walking into the splendour of Hotel Russell, with its top-hatted concierge, set the tone of the School Libraries Celebration Day, when once again we gathered in London to celebrate the two SLA Awards: the School Library Design Award and the School Librarian of the Year Award. Library worthies and members of the press gathered, chatting, networking, catching up, before we all assembled ready to begin the proceedings. Ably hosted by Alec Williams, the first of the presentations appeared on screen and we were off! The next hour was a treat of library heaven. Four amazing librarians, three brilliant library designs. We were enchanted by the children of Marymount International School; moved by the story of Carterton Community College where a lost library was restored by an incoming head teacher, and treated to a story from a library fairy about the enchanting Nansloe Academy Story Garden, which received a special commendation.

The awards wouldn't happen without the sponsors, and each had a representative. For Raintree, author Stewart Ross talked about what libraries and librarians meant to him, declaring that he would vote for any party that pledged a school library and librarian for every primary and secondary in the country, a pledge that brought much applause. As Alec commented, Tricia needed to return to Swindon and prepare for government! Stewart added, it is not the cost of doing this that should concern us, but the cost of not doing it. He was followed by Softlink, pledging continued support, and Demco announcing a new Inspiration Award: we were urged to watch the SLA website! …

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