Kilkenny resident Hilary Cantwell, JCSP Demonstration Library Project school librarian in St. Paul’s Community College, Waterford, has won the prestigious SLA School Librarian of the Year Award which is given annually ‘in recognition of outstanding and exemplary work by a school librarian’. Hilary’s work was celebrated at a ceremony recently at Hotel Russell, London, where the SLA School Librarian of the Year 2013 was announced.
Organised by the School Library Association, the award is the highest honour in the school librarian world. This year the shortlist included librarians from Italy, the Republic of Ireland and the UK making it a truly international competition.
Ginette Doyle, Chair of the SLA School Librarian of the Year Selection Committee, who visited each of the schools of the shortlisted librarians before drawing up the Honours List, said: “It was an extremely strong and international Honours List. We chose librarians working to bring their libraries into the heart of the school and learning. The award recognises and honours exceptional school librarians whose professional practice has a positive impact on student achievement and information literacy,” Ginette said.
Candy Gourlay, author of the award-wining Tall Story presented the award. Hilary is married to the principal of Colaiste Pobail Osrai, Cathnia O’Mhuirceartaigh and a daughter of Sean Cantwell.