This year Amy McKay at Corby Business Academy (www.corbybusinessacademy.org) has been awarded the honour of the School Librarian of the Year 2016.
Home-made reward scratch cards, staff/student battles of the books, BBQs, sleepovers, Comic-con events and even zombie apocalypses have all taken place in the library at Corby Business Academy, thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of Amy McKay. Amy is a member of the national Youth Libraries Group committee and has recently taken on the role of Carnegie Kate Greenaway Coordinator. To read more about Amy go to: http://www.sla.org.uk/amy-
Ginette Doyle, Chair of the SLA School Librarian of the Year Selection Committee, said: ‘‘Amy McKay injects fun into her activities, whether to promote reading for pleasure or to demonstrate study skills. Her library is vibrant, colourful and full of displays promoting books, authors and reading. Passionate about her work she is a kind and caring individual who has an impact on the lives of her students: she is a very worthy winner of the 2016 award.’’
Amy’s achievement this year is particularly notable because 2016 saw an unusually long Honour list for School Librarian of the Year, a testatment to the innovative, high quality work done by so many school librarians across the country. Five exceptional school librarians were considered for the award; each of them makes an exceptional contribution to the schools they work in.
The four other school librarians on the Honour List are:
Sophie Chalmers at Southbrook School (www.southbrook.devon.sch.uk), a special school in Devon for 120 children aged 11 to 16 with complex difficulties
Rachel Knight formerly of Sherborne Girls (www.sherborne.com), an independent day and boarding school for 430 girls aged 11 to 18
Alison Tarrant at Cambourne Village College (www.cambournevc.org), a newly opened Free School with 495 students in years 7 to 9
Lauren Thow formerly of Portobello High School (portobellohighschool.org.uk), one of the largest State schools in Scotland with 1441 students.
To read the full profiles of all the librarians on the Honour List visit the SLA website at: www.sla.org.uk