The three school libraries selected as finalists in the SLA Library Design Awards 2011, sponsored by Demco Interiors,┬á are (in no particular order) :
ÔÇó┬áThe Elms School, Long Eaton
ÔÇó┬áThe Rosendale Library Bus, London
ÔÇó┬áSt JohnÔÇÖs School, Marlborough
The winner and two highly commended finalists will be announced at the School Libraries Celebration Day on Monday 3rd October 2011 at the Mermaid Centre, London.┬á Prize vouchers, from DemcoÔÇÖs sister brand LFC and Gresswell, and certificates will be presented by distinguished author Kevin Crossley-Holland.
The finalists were selected by a judging panel after an in-depth assessment of all the entries across a set of design guidelines, followed by visits to all the shortlisted schools and interviews with the school librarians.┬á Citations for each of the finalists including images of these exceptional libraries can be found at┬áwww.sla.org.uk/library-design-awards.php
The panels of judges were:┬á Geoff Duber education, libraries and learning consultant and past Chair of the SLA;┬á Anne-Marie Tarter, consultant and UK school library trainer and previous SLA School Librarian of the Year Award winner and Rob Stone, regional sales manager, Demco Interiors.
Andy Parker,┬á director of sales and marketing, Demco Interiors said:┬á ÔÇ£ While Demco is not a political or campaigning company, we are committed to supporting school libraries and are delighted to have been given the opportunity to sponsor the School Library Association Library Design Award 2011.┬á┬á Good school library design is very close to our heart and therefore we look forward to our continued sponsorship of the award in 2012.┬á┬á Our thanks go to the SLA for holding the Award, all the school libraries who submitted entries and also to the panel of judges for their professionalism in assessing a high standard of entries.┬á Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists.ÔÇØ
Tricia Adams, director of the SLA, said:┬á ÔÇ£It is good to work in partnership with a company like Demco Interiors on such an exciting new award in the school library worldÔÇØ.
Entry for the SLA Library Design Award 2012 is now open.┬á Entry forms and guidelines are available at www.sla.org.uk.