Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 2020 UK PLAA award ceremony, due to take place on March 20, had to be postponed. The judging panel hoped that this was only a short postponement and that we would be able to hold the event later in the year. Sadly this has not been possible.
As lockdown has profoundly impacted the running of school libraries and affected access for pupil library assistants, it was felt that it would be difficult for nominees to meet the nomination criteria. Taking all this into account, the judging panel has made the difficult decision to not take new nominations for an award in 2021.
To deal with the disappointment over the cancellation of our 2020 ceremony, the judging panel has decided to run the UK PLAA Award over two years, with the finalists from 2020 carried forward into 2021.
We are still hoping to hold an award ceremony of some sort in 2021 for the finalists of the 2020 award but, with the uncertainty of the current situation, we are planning an online event. Watch this space for more details!
Thank you for your patience and your understanding. We are sure that you appreciate how difficult a decision this was for the panel.