Academy’s librarian singled out for best practice at UK awards
Librarian Shelagh Toonen.
A NORTH-EAST school has represented Scotland at the UK School Librarian of the Year awards.
The awards are the School Library Association’s top honour and aim to highlight the best practice being done in the field.
Elgin Academy librarian, Shelagh Toonen, was one of only three finalists from across the country, and the only Scottish one.
Despite missing out on the top prize, her work with pupils was singled out as exemplary by judges.
Shelagh said: “I was thrilled to be part of the 2017 award and to have my work in Elgin Academy recognised and celebrated. “I wholeheartedly thank all in the school community for their support – my head teacher, David Barnett, my colleagues, our pupils, their parents and Moray Council.”
Elgin Academy head teacher David Barnett travelled to the ceremony with Shelagh and some pupils. Afterwards he said: “Shelagh is a winner in every way. She is a wonderful librarian with a great accolade.”