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​Moray School Librarian named Scotland’s Library and Information Professional of the Year

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Elgin Academy Librarian, Shelagh Toonen, has been named as ‘Scotland’s Library and Information Professional of the Year’ at the Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland being held in Dundee. The award, which recognises outstanding achievement and accomplishment in post, was presented by  CILIPS President, Margaret Menzies. ​

Shelagh remarked,  “Winning this award and being recognised by my profession is thrilling. I really enjoy being a school librarian.  Every day is different and I love the variety and vitality of my job.”

David Barnett,  Head Teacher at Elgin Academy said “Shelagh is an inspirational professional, who makes a major contribution to the very good levels of literacy attainment in the school – there is always something happening in the library to capture the attention and imagination of our young people.

Shelagh has been a school librarian for over 25 years. She was nominated in recognition of  her development of the library as a  welcoming productive learning environment, introducing exciting learning opportunities and building excellent relationships with pupils, colleagues and external partners whilst supporting curriculum delivery.

Scotland’s Library and Information Professional of the Year was established as an annual award by CILIPS in 2017 and is sponsored by Bolinda Digital. Open to CILIP members working in Scotland, nominees are assessed by a peer panel of judges for:

·         Commitment to the profession;

·         Service development and innovation;

·         Sector engagement;

·         Positive impact