Welsh Librarian of the Year Award 2017

nominees and winners WLYA 13-16

The nomination period for CILIP Cymru Wales Welsh Librarian of the Year Award 2017 has now closed.

We have had an excellent response this year- good luck to all those nominated.

 This award recognises and celebrates the contribution of library and information experts to the profession and society.The 2015 winner Mark Hughes summed up the award beautifully by saying "What we provide through Libraries really matters to the communities we serve – and The Welsh Librarian of the Year award is a wonderful way of recognising the vital contribution individuals make to providing that service through their dedication and work."

Award criteria

Nominations for Welsh Librarian of the Year should demonstrate achievements in the following areas:

  • Positive impact on community or sector
  • Improving library services
  • Commitment to the profession

During the first WLYA ceremony in 2013 Barbara Pacut representing the awards sponsor SirsiDynix said that “The librarian plays a key role in the function of libraries in our communities, a fact that can often be overlooked in discussions and debates around buildings and cultural resources.  It is the librarian who shapes the character of a library, and who drives for its success."

The award will be presented during the CILIP Cymru Wales conference dinner at Venue Cymru, Llandudno.


Form (in related links) should be returned by 5pm on the Friday 28th April 2017

Email to Wales@cilip.org.uk , with ‘WLYA nomination’ in the subject bar

The Award is administered by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Wales, and is sponsored by SirsiDynix – worldwide library technology specialists.

 Below is last years award winner Dylans reflection on receiving last years award-

"As professional librarians, we all endeavour to be committed to our roles and motivated to be the best we can be. Being nominated for the Welsh Librarian of the Year is a tremendous honour. It reflects esteem and appreciation by hugely respected colleagues and, for me personally, the 2016 award was the pinnacle of a long and varied career. This year’s CILIP Cymru Wales conference gives us the opportunity to recognise those who have made a difference to a library in Wales so I urge you to nominate a colleague who is deserving of this award."

Image credit: top left photograph in collage by Dan Stavely.