Photograph courtesy of Dan Staveley
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Lori Havard, Head of Academic Services, Information Services & Systems at Swansea University has received the CILIP Cymru Wales Welsh Librarian of the Year Award for her work changing the perception of librarians and promoting the University library’s services. Congratulations once again to Lori and all the other finalists!
Janet Peters, Chair of WHELF, is pictured with the Welsh Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths AM, at the opening of the Trade Exhibition at
the CILIP Cymru Wales Annual Conference on Thursday 16th May.
Mr Griffiths said that it was his “chief task” to continue the Welsh Government’s support and protection for libraries in Wales, even given the current financially challenging times.
Speaking to over 120 delegates at the Conference in Cardiff, Mr Griffiths applauded the theme of the conference. By working together in partnership and collaboration, libraries can find new ways to “do more with less” and to strengthen and enrich their services.
Janet Peters gave a presentation on WHELF’s strategy for the future.
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Last night at the CILIP Cymru Wales conference in Cardiff, the winners of the inaugural Welsh librarian of the year award were announced.
The academic sector librarian winner was Lori Havard of Swansea University and the public librarian winner was Bethan Hughes from Denbighshire.
Lori was also awarded overall Welsh Librarian of the Year award.
Many congratulations to Lori! Well deserved!
CILIP Cymru Wales is delighted to announce the long-list of 12 nominees for this, the inaugural Welsh Librarian of the Year Award.
The judging panel are diligently working on selecting a shortlist of nominees, and also the overall winner, who will be announced at the CILIP Cymru Wales Annual Conference Dinner, in Cardiff on 16th May. Sirsi-Dynix, the library technology specialists, are kindly sponsoring the Award, enabling a prize of £500 to be awarded to the winner
In the academic and research category, the following library and information professionals, who live and /or work in Wales have been nominated by their colleagues:
- Lori Havard, Swansea University, ISS
- Marie Lancaster, Cardiff Metropolitan University Library
- Rebecca Mogg, Cardiff University Libraries
- Helen Staffer, Cardiff University Libraries
Good luck to everyone!
This week we say goodbye to Andrew Green as he retires from the National Library of Wales after more than 14 years as Librarian.
Andrew has made a huge contribution to WHELF over the many years he has chaired the group. His energy, expertise and commitment to WHELF will be very sadly missed.
Andrew will not be idle in retirement. He has been asked to chair a group to report to the Welsh Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, on the significance of and prospects for MOOCs.
His successor at the National Library will be Aled Jones, currently Sir John Williams Professor of Welsh History and senior Pro-Vice Chancellor in Aberystwyth University (email@example.com). Aled will start work on 1 August. Till then David Michael, Director of Corporate Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be acting Librarian.
Following a rigorous appointments process Professor Aled Gruffydd Jones has been identified as the preferred candidate for the position of Chief Executive and Librarian in succession to Andrew Green who will be leaving the Library on 30 March 2013 after 14 distinguished years as Librarian.
Subject to the formal approval of the Library’s Board of Trustees on 8 March 2013, Professor Jones will take up the role soon.
Professor Aled Jones is the Sir John Williams Professor of Welsh History, Head of the Welsh Department and senior Pro-Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University and has served as Head of the Departments of History and Welsh History and as Dean of Arts at the University. He is a Trustee of the new Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and Chair of its Research Committee.
Professor Jones is a cultural historian and has published widely on the history of modern Wales, labour history, the social and cultural history of journalism and on the relationship between Wales, the British Empire and the Indian sub-continent in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and has been an editor of the Welsh History Review. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society he has served as its Literary Director (Modern) and as a member of its Executive Council. He is also a member of the History Panel of the UK Research Excellence Framework and has wide experience of academic and research management and as adviser to the British Library and the Welsh Government. An experienced broadcaster and columnist he was the joint organiser of the first Welsh International Film Festival and co-founder of the film and video arts collective, Creu Cof. His recent research has focused on Welsh Protestant missions in India 1840-1966, and he was elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2004 for his work on the history of the Welsh in Bengal.
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The SCONUL Executive Board has approved a new structure for the SCONUL staff, and advertisements for two new posts are now available – a Head of Policy and Member Engagement and a part-time Events Assistant.
The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) represents all university libraries in the UK and Ireland, irrespective of mission group, as well as national libraries and many of the UK’s colleges of higher education.
SCONUL promotes awareness of the role of academic libraries in supporting research excellence and student achievement and employability, and represents their views and interests to government, regulators and other stakeholders. It helps academic libraries collaborate to deliver services efficiently, including through shared services, and to share knowledge and best practice.
The Head of Policy and Member Engagement is a new position which will ensure that members are provided with an excellent service through effectively gathering and delivering intelligence regarding developments in academic libraries, contributing to and providing support to various strategic groups, and developing the agenda for SCONUL’s executive board.
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The current Librarian, Andrew Green, is retiring in March 2013 after fourteen
years in the role. The Library’s Board of Trustees wishes to appoint a successor
to continue leading the process of developing the Library and its collections
for the benefit of the people of Wales and wider audiences.
More information: http://www.llgc.org.uk/index.php?id=6109
Featuring news and articles from the museum, archive and library sector in Wales, the CyMAL magazine is published twice a year.
In this issue you will find the following articles:
- Transforming children’s lives
- Discovering, contributing and sharing: the People’s Collection Wales story so far
- Dirt, inergen gas and students – it’s all in a day’s work!
- 50 years of service to the world of books in Wales
- Spotlight on Museums 2011
- A Museums Strategy for Wales: the story so far
- Access all areas
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We said farewell to Jeremy Atkinson at our recent WHELF meeting.
Jeremy is retiring from his post as Director of Learning & Corporate Support Services at the University of Glamorgan.
Jeremy has been one of the chief pillars of WHELF for many years and was hugely influential in setting the direction of WHELF, working on the Higher Education Libraries in Partnership Project (HELP) in 2004. He chaired the new WHELF Development Group from its inception and was responsible for the action plan which saw WHELF making progress on a number of fronts. He was the driving force behind WHELF’s collaborative work on electronic books and electronic journals, culminating in the setting up of WHEEL – the Wales Higher Education Electronic Library. He also helped WHELF to build strong links with both SCONUL and JISC.
He will be very much missed by us all but we wish him well in his retirement.
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