The three school libraries selected as finalists in the SLA Library Design Awards 2011, sponsored by Demco Interiors, are (in no particular order) :
ÔÇóThe Elms School, Long Eaton
ÔÇóThe Rosendale Library Bus, London
ÔÇóSt John’s 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. Prize vouchers, from Demco’s 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. Citations for each of the finalists including images of these exceptional libraries can be found atwww.sla.org.uk/library-design-awards.php
The panels of judges were: Geoff Duber education, libraries and learning consultant and past Chair of the SLA; 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, director of sales and marketing, Demco Interiors said: 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. Good school library design is very close to our heart and therefore we look forward to our continued sponsorship of the award in 2012. 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. Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists.ÔÇØ
Tricia Adams, director of the SLA, said: 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. Entry forms and guidelines are available at www.sla.org.uk.