Library chief receives top professional award
September 29, 2015
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Gill Harris, the Head of Tower Hamlets School Library Service, has been honoured with an Honorary Fellowship from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
The award recognised her commitment to her profession in Tower Hamlets schools, as well as the international library community.
An active campaigner for children’s access to school libraries staffed by a qualified professional, Gill is a former chair and spokesperson for the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL), and led the national ‘Shout About School Libraries’ campaign in 2012.
In 2005 Gill launched a groundbreaking new service in Tower Hamlets to provide schools with ready access to a qualified librarian to look after the school library for a half day or a day a week.
She is also involved in international library work including hosting international scholars during their time in the UK and providing regular knowledge sharing with school librarians in Sierra Leone, South Africa, Kazakhstan and Jamaica.
Gill, who is based at the Professional Development Centre in Bethnal Green, said: “It is a great honour to be so recognised by my professional association. I would like to acknowledge the very many dedicated professionals with whom I have worked over the years and who have inspired me in my ambition to see every school, primary and secondary, enjoy the benefits of having a school librarian.”
Rachael Saunders, cabinet member for education and children’s services, said: “It’s down to fantastic staff like Gill that we have a top-quality library service and world-renowned schools. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Gill on her well-deserved achievements and hope she acts as an inspiration to those around her.”