Happy Ending for Award Winning College Library
The winner of the SLA Library Design Award 2013 is Carterton Community College, Oxfordshire. Niall McWilliams, Headteacher and Rosemary Stables, Librarian were presented with their award by author Candy Gourlay, author of the award winning ‘Tall Story’. The Awards were announced, and presentations made, at the School Libraries Celebration Day.
Three years ago Carterton Community College had their library removed from them but it was the vision and commitment of the Headteacher that it reinstated with the ‘happy ending’ story completed by winning the Library Design Award.
Niall McWilliams said: “The library transforms lives. It is not just a space, it’s the most important room in the school. It changes aspirations. It changes the future of our students. It is a really massive honour for me, our librarian Rosemary, the school team and the students, some of whom are here today, to receive this award. Thank you.”
A special commendation was made to Nansloe Academy for their magical and inspiring Story Garden.
Scott Grant, General Manager Demco Interiors said: “This year we felt that we had to offer a special commendation to a library that inspired our judges to create this special category and, although not a traditional library design, has delivered something quite compelling.”
This is the third year of the Award which aims to highlight the innovation, commitment, flair and foresight found in school libraries across the UK. Supported by the School Library Association and sponsored by Demco Interiors, the Award was created to set future standards for the recognition of excellence in school library design.
The three finalists were selected by a panel who judged all entries across a set of criteria: inviting/improved library image; space planning; educational objectives; technology and engagement; consultation.
The judges were again impressed by the quality of the entries commenting: “It has been enlightening to see how schools and colleges have responded to changes and brought a whole new way of thinking to the library space. The WOW factor is a phrase often applied to public libraries but can equally be applied to the school libraries we have visited.”
Demco Interiors is a member of the Demco Europe family of companies, which includes the Gresswell educational resource brand. www.demcointeriors.co.uk.
School Library Association www.sla.org.uk/library-design-awards.php
Video clips from Niall McWillliams, Headteacher, Carterton Community College and Charles Field, Headteacher, Nansloe Academy can be seen at www.youtube.com/demcointeriors
10 October 2013
Note to editors:
The SLA keenly supports the role of the school library as a place ‘to support reading and learning through the key stages and to foster a reading and information culture to promote independent, motivated readers and learners for life’. As designers of school, academic and public libraries, Demco Interiors is committed to a renewed focus on the ‘school library as place’ and is working with the School Library Association to support, encourage and promote school library design.
To highlight the innovation, commitment, flair and foresight found in school libraries across the UK and to set future standards for the recognition of excellence in school library design, we launched The SLA School Library Design Awards, supported by the SLA and sponsored by Demco Interiors and will be awarded to the school library that shows innovation, creativity and resourcefulness in its design. What matters is not how big the school, school library or budget is, but what is achieved with available resources and the challenges that are faced.
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