Consultancy Services

We recognise that from time to time you may need a little help in choosing and / or auditing the books in your schools. Maybe it’s just a well-qualified and knowledgeable extra pair of hands you need or it could be someone to manage the renewal and rebuild of a library through from the planning stage to execution.

Whatever your need we are sure that one of the very helpful independent* consultants listed below will be able to help.

*NB: Haven Books Ltd advertises the services of these consultants Free of Charge and no commercial arrangement exists between the parties.  Haven Books Ltd further indemnifies itself against any charges that an establishment or individual may bring against a listed consultant for any breach of contract that may exist between the agreeable parties.


Sarah Pavey-

Sarah is a freelance qualified professional librarian and has experience of working in many spheres of education both in the independent and maintained sectors, and is passionate about developing information literacy skills, critical thinking skills and independent learning skills throughout all key stages.

“If nearly 600 websites and 48 hours of video footage are added to the internet every minute then surely learning to handle and evaluate information becomes akin to learning to speak another language. If technology exists to aid this process and to help encourage creativity in writing then does not this need to be taught similarly?”

Having been employed as a teacher librarian spending  considerable amounts of time in the classroom as well as the Library  Sarah is well placed to offer consultancy and recruitment for a new school library or development project, and  training for all members of a school community in information literacy including writing and presentation.

Sarah has worked extensively with Key Stages 2 - 4 and specialises in sixth form EPQ, International Baccalaureate Diploma Extended Essays and Cambridge Pre-U.


Adam Lancaster -

Adam Lancaster is an experienced practitioner working with schools, libraries, publishers, reading charities and literacy boards. He contributes to work with children, adults and teenagers and has a full range of service provision.

As Chair of the Federation of Children's Book he has organised many national events including conferences, National Share-A Story Month and is the founder of the National Non-Fiction Day, twitter book forum #fedbkgrp and Illustration project Illustr8or.

In his work as a school library advisor he has worked with schools on their resources, policies, pre and post Ofsted and students in helping to create fulfilling reading cultures.


Susan Staniforth:

Susan has spent more than 35 years working in schools and public libraries and, during that time has built up a wealth of knowledge and experience.

In mid-2014 Susan decided to share her extensive experience and set up as an independent school library consultant. This new vocation has enabled Susan to work with an even wider range of schools than before, supporting teachers with developing great libraries that their pupils love.

If you’re looking for support with organising or refreshing your library, stock editing and/or recommendations of new books to buy, book banding, INSET sessions on library promotion and a range of other services, then visit please get in touch with Susan by visiting


Alison Miller:

Alison Miller is known in many schools by children and staff alike as the ‘library lady’

In many busy primary schools and nurseries nobody has time to tend to the many books that are used. As a result many book shelves can become neglected, unused and uninspiring to those learning to read. Alison recognises this and offers solutions to address that issue and can be used as little or as much as a school requires. Every school or nursery is unique and Alison’s services are designed to match the needs of the individual school.

Having worked in children’s library services and as a primary teacher, teaching children from nursery age to year 6, Alison is well placed to understand the time constraints that teachers have as well as the importance of raising standards in English.

For a full list of the wide range of services Alison can offer please visit her website