Jae Rolt, teacher librarian at Cessnock West Public School, in NSW, is the people’s choice as Australia’s Favourite Librarian. She received the most votes in this fun activity, encouraging library users to think about what makes a really great librarian.
Jae said: ‘I was thrilled just to be nominated. Some voters started leaving comments about what a great job they thought I did and I was quite humbled by that. Then an ex-student wrote how I had taught him to love literature, how to lose himself in a great book and how lessons learned from me would stay with him for life. That comment alone left me speechless. To be announced as winner of New South Wales was completely unexpected, but to then be announced as overall winner absolutely overwhelmed me. To know that I have had a positive impact on so many lives is an amazing feeling and this is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.’
- 438 nominations for 145 librarians, library workers and even a library dog
- 115 public library nominees, 36 school, 16 university, 10 state library, 8 government, 6 TAFE and 21 nominees from other types of libraries
- 14 000+ votes from members of the public