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Librarian at an Enfield Academy 'truly honoured' at being named Librarian of the Year
A librarian said he was ‘truly honoured’ to be named the School Librarian of the Year 2013.
Oasis Academy’s John Iona could not believe it when he was named the best librarian in the country by the School Library Association at a ceremony at the Hotel Russell in Bloomsbury, London, on Monday.
The 32-year-old said: “It is an honour to have received such an accolade and to have the work that I do recognised in this way.”
Oasis Academy principal Paul Hammond, said: “I am delighted at this well-deserved, prestigious award for John. He has worked passionately in recent years to promote reading in the school and his numerous author visits, research initiatives and support of other like minded staff is widely appreciated.
“The academy is determined to continue our efforts to improve reading and writing, which we see as a vital component of academic success."
Mr Iona found it difficult to describe the events that took place on Monday afternoon.
He said: “It was an amazing experience, to be named among some inspirational figures, I am truly honoured. I still can’t believe it, I keep asking myself ‘did that really happen?’ and the kind words from teachers and pupils have blown me away.
“I love working in school Libraries because they are integral to learning and are all about providing opportunities for young people to learn, to find out and to grow, and schools and their librarians up and down the country work to give them this chance."
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