Nominations for School Library Association Awards now open
The nominations for the School Library Association (SLA) Awards 2023 are now open.
The annual awards are open to state, academy and private SLA members.
They identify and celebrate examples of best practices in school libraries across the UK.
The judges select thirteen school librarians and schools to honour, across three categories of excellence:
– School Librarian of the Year Award
– Community Award
– Enterprise Award
Judges of the School Librarian of the Year award are looking for librarians demonstrating a commitment to continual professional development, strong engagement with all school departments, innovative stock rotation and excellent examples of pastoral care.
In the Enterprise of the Year award, the judges look at evidence of individual projects that involved the imaginative use of resources in the form of space and stock along with any other initiatives such as a rebuilding or refurbishment project.
The Community Award highlights wider support for the school library. This includes backing from a local business or individuals who have provided outstanding assistance to a school whether this be in the form of funding, infrastructure, advice, resources or simply their time.
This comes after the honours for the SLA Awards 2022 were announced last month at a virtual awards ceremony.
The winners in each of the three categories of the 2022 awards will be announced 20 October.
Alison Tarrant, chief executive office of the SLA said: “This year we had more entries than we anticipated, given the intense time schools were experiencing last September, and it was great to launch our two new Awards: the Community Award and Enterprise of the Year Award.
“Our panel of esteemed judges had an incredibly hard time selecting the honourees.
Alison added: “It was a long but very positive experience seeing the level of excellence being achieved in so many schools’ libraries.”
“It was also heartening to see the range of work going on in school libraries which is positively impacting not only children, but their families and teachers as well.
“This support is only more important as we recover from COVID and look to get through another difficult period for most families.”