SLA School Librarian of the Year 2018

St Wilfrid's C of E Academy - School Librarian of the Year 2018 Winner - Miss Suffield

We’re excited to announce that our very own Miss Suffield has been crowned the ‘School Librarian of the Year’ for 2018!

The award is a prestigious honour given by the School Librarian Association, and recognises the excellent work carried out in school libraries every day. It highlights the best practice of those whose work is outstanding.

Miss Suffield was nominated by Mrs Rees (Assistant Principal) and shortlisted back in July. As part of the process, the Academy was asked to prepare a video highlighting the impact Miss Suffield has had in the Academy. It wasn’t very hard to find willing participants to speak highly of her work, as you can see in the video here:

Miss Suffield with her team of student librarians

“In the last 4 years, book loans have increased by 450%.”

Lesley Martin, Chair of the SLA School Librarian of the Year Selection Committee, said:

‘‘It is exciting for the profession to have someone as forward thinking, creative, passionate and professional about school libraries and no doubt with a great career ahead of her. Emma makes a real difference in her school and her community and her contribution to the wider library profession is already making an impact.’’

Miss Suffield added:

“I am still in shock and it is hasn’t really sunk in that I have achieved this accolade but I couldn’t be happier as it is something that I never expected to happen to me! To be awarded this title means so much as I have transformed the LRC dramatically over the last five years to promote reading for pleasure to all of our staff and students. I am so proud that this has been recognised nationally by a professional body for School Libraries and I am excited for the year ahead.”