SLA Board nomination 2020
Board members are automatically Trustees of the SLA as a Registered Charity (313660 in England and Wales, SC039453 in Scotland), and also Directors of the SLA as a company limited by guarantee, (registered in England no. 552476). The Board is responsible for the strategic planning and decision-making which take the Association forward. Being elected by your peers to serve on the Board carries lots of benefits and most headteachers recognise the enhancement of your professional status that this brings. Every board member is also a member of a sub-group which focuses on specific SLA outputs.
Any SLA member can be on the board. We try to make sure the board reflects the range of sectors, regions and experience, so it is important that members get involved. This time we are particularly looking for someone who may be interested in becoming Treasurer in time, and for those who feel under represented.
Joy CourtA background in managing Coventry Schools Library Service but ‘retired’ to focus entirely on books! Proud to be Reviews Editor of The School Librarian, Past Chair of CILIP CKG Medals and Board Member UKLA. Author of Read to Succeed and Reading By Right plus numerous SLA Riveting Reads.
Passionate about the right of every child to have their life chances enhanced by becoming lifelong readers. The school library is essential to making that happen and I see my job as Reviews Editor is to ensure that all our members know about the best books out there!
I have been the school librarian in St. Patrick’s College Dungannon, County Tyrone for over twenty years, and my other responsibilities have included teaching, training, and social media work. I am passionate about the impact made by school libraries, and my current focus is on the theme of Critical Literacy - and how the library can provide the resources and expertise to educate students and staff.
I am currently the librarian at a small British international school in Germany. I was on the judging panel for the CILIP/YLG Carnegie Kate Greenaway award 2009-2010 and the SLA Information Book Award 2010-2015. In my previous school I helped to design the new library which was shortlisted for the SLA Inspiration Award.
Corby Business Academy (www.corbybusinessacademy.org)
Amy MckayHome-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 their innovative and enthusiastic librarian, Amy McKay. It is perhaps not surprising to learn that this librarian, described as having "natural rapport" with all the young people she works with, believes learning best takes place when the school library is seen as fun, friendly and vibrant. Ultimately, however, it's the young people who inspire Amy in her work: "I love books and reading, but it's the students who really make this job worthwhile."
Margaret PembertonMargaret has been a chartered librarian for over 30 years specializing in work with children, in both public and school library services, I chaired the Carnegie/Greenaway awards in 2010. I now work as a freelance school library and book adviser who loves reviewing and blogging about children’s books.
Former school librarian, now a Literacy and Technology Consultant with a passion for digital media, books and encouraging young people to read. Accelerated Reader and Accessit trainer , CILIP SLG Web Manager and Advisory School Librarian. Avid social media user, ipad enthusiast and Harry Potter lover.
Amanda DeavilleDeputy Manager- SLS in Cumbria working with over 300 schools - recently retired after 13 years. Former librarian at the International School of Basel, Switzerland. Previously worked in a variety of library/information sectors. Expertise covers all aspects of school libraries, at all levels. Also CILIP SLG National Committee member.
Former secondary school teacher, now Senior Librarian, School, Children and Young People’s Service for East Lothian Council, where I am responsible for the children and young people’s portfolio for the public libraries, and the services to schools including school librarians. Past chair of YLG and the CKG.
Qualified Chartered School Librarian with over thirty years’ experience working in various schools. Now offering consultancy, training and advice on a freelance basis. Past President CILIP; school governor; charity trustee; worked with numerous literacy –related organisations. Writer, editor, reader, knitter.
Karan KaurI am currently serving as a school and Trust librarian in Birmingham. I am responsible for the central strategy and service improvement of 3 secondary and 4 primary schools with mixed challenges. I have created 2139% improvement in active use in my library and have gained a commitment for investment in establishing libraries within the trust. I am currently working on inclusion for the marginalised, AP provision, diversity and training in library apprenticeships. I have generated research on library and reading for pleasure impact and I am actively seeking to continue and expand upon it. My work experience includes business advice, marketing, project management and freelance writing.
Alison KennedyHead Librarian at St George’s School, Ascot. MSc Information and Library Studies (with distinction) from Strathclyde University 2010. Undergraduate degree in Marketing and background in Public Relations; experience which is incredibly useful in promoting school libraries and the work we do. I have worked across a variety of school library sectors; a state school in a deprived area in Scotland, an International School in Italy and an Independent School in Berkshire. As a result, I have a keen awareness of the variety of issues that different school libraries can face. Committee member of SLA Central and East Berkshire. Treasurer of the committee for the Berkshire Book Award. Recently featured on the Honour List for School Librarian of the Year 2018.
Have you thought of contributing to the future of the SLA? We will be looking for members with enthusiasm and commitment to stand for election to the upcoming vacant positions on the SLA Board for the three-year term beginning at the 2020 AGM in June 2020. Being on the Board means you will legally be a Director of the SLA. If successful you will be required to sign the Trustee Declaration Form at the bottom of the page. The nomination process for the next new board members will be announced in December 2019.
Fill out the nomination form, and submit it by the closing date
After the closing date, we open the nominations, and should we have received more applications than there are places available SLA members vote to decide.
If no vote is needed the SLA will contact you to let you now you've been successful. If a vote is needed, this is opened and remains open for about a month. The results of the vote are counted and nominees are informed whether they have been successful.
In June you will join the board, and take up a role in the planning and strategy.