Welsh Librarian of the Year Award 2017: Shortlisted Nominees

Isabel Puscas

Senior Evidence & Knowledge Analyst. Observatory Evidence Service, Public Health Wales

Isabel Puscas

“... I have found in my 17 years of working as a consultant and the five preceding years as a registrar the one certain and sure source of knowledge and wisdom was via Isabel...I would state categorically that any health organisation that wishes to be innovative must not merely invest in excellent library services (including an extensive stock of books and journals) but also reward and support librarians like Isabel.  Put simply without an Isabel no organisation can be truly innovative.”

Dr Mark temple, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (CDSC)

Sue Hodges

recently retired from the post of Director of Libraries and Archives, Bangor University and Chair of WHELF

Sue Hodges

“Sue’s sensibility of the culture, heritage and language of Wales has been manifested through her enthusiasm to showcase Wales’ archival and special collections. She has also been a tremendous advocate for partnership working and instrumental in promoting WHELF to the wider community, culminating in delivering a speech at the Senedd in September 2016 to celebrate the implementation of the shared LMS. She has also been an excellent line manager and mentor to the WHELF Development Officer”

Janet Peters

Stephen Gregory

Legal and Digital Librarian & Team Leader. Information and Archive Services, Welsh Government

Stephen Gregory

“Stephen has undertaken a significant amount of work to improve the Welsh Government’s library’s support to the legislative programme, and provided legal information to support the Civil Service’s core values by providing access to up to date and relevant information resources to support the machinery of government.
He is always ready with helpful suggestions on the best place to look for a wide variety of often hard to find legal information”

Marlize Palmer

Thomas Hywel James

Principal Librarian. Gwynedd Library Service

Thomas Hywel James

“Hywel was successful in developing and running a number of innovative projects and schemes including the Storytelling Project, Story Sacks Scheme, and implemented the scheme that enabled the provision of both Large Print and Audio Books in Welsh. Undoubtedly the choice of Welsh materials available would not be so prominent without his firm commitment and innate enthusiasm. Hywel is certainly a proud ambassador for the language and in his calling as a librarian.”  


Bu Hywel yn llwyddiannus yn cychwyn nifer o gynlluniau a phrosiectau arloesol gan gynnwys y Cynllun Cyfarwydd, Cynllun Sachau Stori, y cynllun Llyfrau Llafar a’r cynllun Llyfrau Print Bras yn y Gymraeg. Yn ddi-os ni fyddai’r dewis o ddeunyddiau Cymraeg mor flaenllaw heb ei ymroddiad cadarn a’i frwdfrydedd cynhenid. Mae Hywel yn sicr yn genhadwr balch dros yr iaith a’i alwedigaeth fel llyfrgellydd.

Anna Yardley Jones ar ran Eirlys Thomas, Nia Gruffydd, Bob Morris, Liz Regan

Nia Gruffydd

User Services Manager. Gwynedd Library Service

Nia Gruffydd

“Nia’s commitment is best illustrated through her work with various reading and literacy activities; she has led Gwynedd’s library contribution to the ‘Family Learning Ticket,’ successfully promoting parents reading with their children and library membership. Her strongly held belief in the value of reading for Wellbeing is shown in her work producing the ‘Helping Hand’ booklets for children and young people. After completing the Reader Organization’s training Nia has led ‘Shared Reading ’ sessions in Caernarfon shining a light through her careful choice of prose and poetry.  Through severe storm or virulent virus Nia will make the effort to come to work and her willingness to learn new skills and cooperate with others shines as an example to other professionals ”  

Hywel James

Wendy Foster

Knowledge Services Manager. Glangwili Library, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Wendy Foster

“In 2012 Wendy was elected as Chair of the All Wales Health Information and Libraries Extension Service (AWHILES) which is a partnership of NHS Wales and Cardiff University hospital based libraries. Wendy’s excellent organisational skills, enthusiasm and dedication to the AWHILES business meetings make them highly successful and dynamic…Wendy is an active member of the AWHILES community and provides a huge contribution to our policies, reports and new or ongoing projects. (She) is a core member and an asset as she motivates all the members, particularly the new and less experienced members of the library profession.”

Katie Osbourne

Allie Cingi

Library Manager. Pencoed Library

Allie Cingi

“Allies enthusiasm in the sector has vastly improved Pencoed Library and has had an immense impact on community engagement in the library. Summer Reading Challenge numbers are up and the library now offers Children’s Coding Club, Maker Space, Non-Fiction Reading Group, Poetry Sharing Group, Philosophy Circle, Junior Reading group with Pia the Therapy dog.
Allies commitment to the profession shows through her work and through her various posts on social media. She is pushing the boundaries for public libraries in Bridgend and showing what can be achieved if you just think outside the box.”

Laura Davies