Nominations now closed
The UK Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award receives entries from school librarians who nominate the most amazing young people.
Consequently, the judging panel has an extremely difficult time, not only shortlisting the finalists but also in selecting the winner.
The standard of entries is always exceptional, showing a phenomenal range of tasks that pupils carry out within their school libraries, all with an enthusiasm and dedication that goes beyond what is expected of them. Their nominations demonstrate the benefits of this work – creating skills and abilities that impact on a young person’s personal and academic achievements.
After much discussion, a shortlist was reached of seven finalists who can all be proud of what they have accomplished within their own school libraries. All of the Headteachers and school librarians wrote high praise of each and every finalist. However, as with all awards, there can only be one winner.
When this young person began their school life, they knew no-one else at the school and hid in the library. Over time they developed and flourished, taking on the role of pupil librarian to become assured in their abilities and outspoken in their support.
The library has also enabled them to develop personal qualities, raising their self-confidence to take on a leadership role within the library and increasing their resilience so that they look after others before themselves. In the words of their Headteacher, they are a modest and humble superstar.
Thus it is with great pleasure that we announce that the winner of the UK Pupil Library Assistant 2019 is Rhiannon Salvin of Firth Park Academy.
UK Pupil Library Assistant of the Year 2019 – RHIANNON SALVIN
Rhiannon’s Headteacher, Mr Jones, says that she embodies the school’s core values of aspiration, respect and resilience and that she is as respected as any adult member of staff in her role as a student librarian.
School librarian, Mrs Edwards, states that Rhiannon is quiet and reserved but with a big heart who goes above and beyond her normal duties, and who underestimates herself and her skills. Over time her confidence has grown so that she is now comfortable talking to visiting parents, helping the diverse community of students with enquiries, ensuring a studious atmosphere during homework club and welcoming new students into the library.
In the past, Rhiannon has struggled with her reading and literacy skills but her use of the library has resulted in her reading tastes widening so that she is now quite knowledgeable about children’s literature and will happily recommend books to other students.
Mrs Edwards also says that Rhiannon is steadfast in her devotion to, and promotion of, the library and all it has to offer, bringing a single-minded eagerness to drive events forward.
The Judging Panel was delighted to shortlist Rhiannon as a finalist, and all agreed that she was a very deserving winner of the title of Pupil Library Assistant of the Year 2019.
Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award - 2019
Information about the new SLG/SLA Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award.
THIS IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY - NOMINATIONS OPEN SEPT 2018
This award is to recognise the contribution made by pupils who work in their school libraries, to acknowledge the skills gained and to give them the recognition they deserve, both within and outside their school community.
Nominations can be made by the School Librarian, by emailing the completed nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org by end Nov 2018 Nomination forms will be available on this website when the 2019 nominations open in Sept 2018.
A shortlist of candidates will be drawn up by the Judging Panel and announced during the first week of the school term in January 2019 Shortlisted pupils will be asked to submit a portfolio of evidence and the shortlisted nominees will be invited to an Awards Ceremony, to be held in March at a London venue.
Prizes to be announced.
2014/15 - prize details for information only - prizes vary each year but in past years have included...
Signed books from top authors
Prize money for the school library and library projects
Engraved glass award
For full information about the award and the nomination criteria, please download the guidelines below.
To submit a nomination for 2019, please download, complete and email the nomination form from September 2018
PUPIL LIBRARY ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR
A joint CILIP SLG/SLA initiative
GUIDELINES FOR NOMINATIONS
This new Award is to recognise the contribution made by pupils who work in their school libraries, to acknowledge the skills gained and to give them the recognition they deserve, both within and outside their school community.
Pupils must have served within a school library for at least two years at the time of
Pupils must be at least 13 years of age at the time of nomination.
Criteria for Nomination:
The School Librarian should nominate pupils of outstanding quality and commitment and give reasons under the following five headings on the attached Nomination Form:
Examples of particular contribution (i.e. helping other pupils, taking part in Pupil
Committee, helping with library web pages, helping with displays, etc.)
Role Model (describe how the nominee is a role model for other pupils and supports the
goals and vision of the school library)
Reader and Library User (describe the reading and library habits of the nominee)
Promotion (describe how the nominee promotes the school library)
Nominated pupils should exhibit many of the following desirable qualities:
Supports the vision and goals of the library
Promotes the role and services of the library to the school community
Acts as a role model for other pupils
Willing to help pupils and staff
Punctual, reliable and trustworthy
Works accurately and can demonstrate good IT skills
Is a regular library user and has a good knowledge of books and resources in the library
The nominated pupil should make an impact on their school library which can be demonstrated by themselves and their Librarian. They are also encouraged to reflect on how working in the library has helped them.
Electronic nominations using the attached form should be submitted to:
the juding panel chair.
A shortlist of candidates will be drawn up by the Judging Panel and announced during the first week of the school term in January (date to be confirmed)
The Judging Panel to be chaired by SLG and SLA in alternate years.
Shortlisted pupils will be asked to submit a portfolio of evidence by a set date. The portfolio should be sent electronically and include the following (though this is not an inclusive list):
Evidence of commitment and reliability
Evidence of the range of tasks undertaken in the school library
A short (100-150 words) article on the impact the nominee has made on their school library and why they think it is important. This can be written jointly by the pupil and the librarian.
A Recommendation (100-150 words) of a book/resource (this could be online) they have
enjoyed or found particularly useful
An Idea of their own to improve their school library (100-150 words)
Supporting photo evidence