How do! My name is Paul Register and I am a school librarian. I have a degree in English Studies from Sheffield Hallam University but no formal librarianship qualification. I’ve never needed one in the past and don’t intend to change that situation in the future. What I do have though is 13 years experience working in school libraries, first at Oakwood School in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and now at Ecclesfield School in my beloved hometown of Sheffield.
Being a male in this profession is novelty enough but I am more well known for my specialism, which is comics and graphic novels. This specialism has led to my creating the Stan Lee Excelsior Award, the only nationwide book award for graphic novels where teenagers decide the winner. We are just entering the award’s fourth year and it has grown from strength to strength. Initially conceived as a ‘guest section’ in the 2010 Sheffield Children’s Book Awards, it stood on its own two feet the following year. Starting life as a Sheffield-only award in 2011, it quickly caught the attention of other schools from across the UK and was expanded to the whole nation in 2012. In 2014 there will be a record number of schools taking part – 160 from England, Wales, Scotland and both parts of Ireland. For full details on the award and how it works, please visit http://www.
excelsioraward.co.uk/. If you would like to get your school involved, registration will stay open for the rest of December and January. All you need is £75 to buy in a set of the shortlisted books and a load of enthusiastic kids.
The new shortlist for 2014 will be announced on Friday 6th December and discussion of this shortlist will form a large part of my week with Voices For The Library. I am happy to discuss any aspects of using comics, graphic novels and manga in a school library setting as well. Outside of work, I really am just as much of a geek as I am at work! And proud of it.
Paul usually tweets as @Excelsior