Shadowing in your area: Wales

Ysgol John Bright
Group Leader: Sarat Mason

Group Status: we're sleeping

Featured Shadowing Groups: Wales

Judge Wales: Martha Lee

I've loved reading, books and libraries since I was a child. My mother, who is also a librarian (I guess it must run in the family!), inspired me to read widely and was influential in turning me into a devoted reader. Some of my best memories are of tagging along to author events in the library with my sisters and seeing some of my favourite authors talk at the Hay Festival and on some occasions actually meeting them - star struck!

I've worked in libraries for over 10 years, starting when I was 16 years old as a supply assistant during the school holidays. I went onto University where I studied History of Art, which was incredibly interesting but not an area I wanted to pursue as a career. I came back to libraries after I graduated in 2010 and realised this was where I belonged. I began an MSc in Library and Information Studies via distance learning at Aberystwyth University which I've recently completed, luckily just in time to start reading for the awards! I've been working as a Community Librarian for the past two years and am just about to begin a new post as an Academic Librarian in a University Art Library.

I joined YLG after chatting to one of my colleagues who is on the committee, she made it sound so interesting; the perfect way to develop professionally and also build on my interest in children's and young adult literature.

I can't describe just how excited and privileged I feel to be a member of the CILIP Carnegie/Greenaway panel of judges this year and I can't wait to get started on my final year.