Young library assistants recognised in prestigious LGC awards

This story was published 18 November 2021

North Yorkshire’s young library assistants have been recognised for their contribution to improving services for young people in the national Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards.

Cllr White, Basia and Shaun.

Our Young Adult Libraries Team (YALT) were highly commended in the small team category at the awards ceremony which was held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

The YALT team was created during the first lockdown with youth engagement as its focus. It consists of library assistants under the age of 27 from across the county, meeting monthly and engaging directly with the senior leadership team.

They initiated online groups, writing competitions, addressed young people’s mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, promoted services and provided a platform for engagement through Instagram. They also worked on the county’s stock policy to recommend a diverse range of resources for the lending collection.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “It’s fantastic to see North Yorkshire libraries recognised on a national stage. YALT was born from a vision of improving the wider offering to young people, regardless of race, gender, religion and economic background.

“The young team seized the opportunity to make a difference and their enthusiasm and passion shines through in the projects they have delivered. In my eyes, they were the winners on the night.”