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CILIP Cymru Wales is the National Committee for CILIP in Wales; we represent the profession through cross sector advocacy, support the professional development of Members in Wales through training and events and recruit new Members across Wales by working with employers. Joining the Committee is an excellent opportunity to help shape CILIP's offer in Wales and gain valuable skills to support your professional development - do consider joining us! We need a new Secretary and Ordinary members at any stage of their careers, and from across the country and sectors. You just need to be a CILIP Cymru Wales member and provide the names and contacts for 2 nominators and get this form to us by 5pm 14th November. Please email with any questions.

CILIP CEO Nick Poole, and CILIP Cymru Wales relationship manager Amy Staniforth join the Head of the Department of Information Studies, Dr Anoush Simon, in welcoming new and returning library and archives students to Aberystwyth. You can find more information about the accredited courses here.

The CILIP Cymru Wales Conference in 2019 dealt with Knowledge and Information Literacies - check out some of the fantastic presentations from Cardiff.

Head of Digital Services at the University of South Wales library Andrew Dalgleish looks at the role of learning analytics in academic libraries.

The Welsh Government is looking for help to promote this course, encourage sign up and host hubs to facilitate the running of this online course. It is free, open to everyone and after chatting with Diana Reynolds (Sustainable Development Change Manager), Kristine Chapman our committee member and I, think this is a great opportunity for members to get involved in influencing change and engaging with others from completely different settings and in different countries. Course starts 13th September.


I'm Kristine, and I'm the Principal Librarian for Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. I'm based in the Main Library at National Museum Cardiff, but have responsibility for the libraries across all seven of our sites.



Richard Boardman, City of Cardiff Council Neighbourhood Development Librarian ... Llyfrgelloedd Caerdydd / Cardiff Libraries.
One of five school assemblies at a local Primary School starts my day at 10am, 225 children in an assembly hall with a phalanx of teachers and TAs along the walls. It’s a weekly assembly where I promote the library services, encourage the kids to attend our after school clubs, or just read a book in general. “And what happens in the library on Thursdays?” I ask. “Table Tennis” they yell back.


For Libraries Week we'll be sharing seven blogposts detailing a day in the life of Librarians in Wales.These posts are an opportunity to delve into the workloads of Health, University, Public Librarians and information professionals supporting their communities and institutions.


I am Isabel Puscas, graduate of the College of Librarianship Wales, who with no formal career plan progressed from departmental librarian (psychology) to post of Chief librarian for an international firm of architects in the hope of being seconded to one of their many overseas offices, but had to be content with weekly trips to their Swansea office! A short spell at the Welsh Office followed, then into the NHS as Health Authority Librarian and 25 years later, two major national NHS Wales reviews, and 3 organisational title changes, I am now a Senior Evidence and Knowledge Analyst within Public Health Wales’ [PHW] Observatory Evidence Service


My name is Mark Hughes, and I’m Head of Library Services at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I’ve been here a little over a year now, and absolutely love my job, the people I work with, and community of people we serve.


My name is Wendy Foster and I’m a Library & Knowledge Services Manager at Hywel Dda University Health Board. My role is to ensure that resources are in place to support all Health Board staff in their work, continuing education and patient care. This includes providing books, journals, and study areas as well as services such as document supply and literature searches.


Thank you WHELF for inviting me to this year’s Gregynog Colloquium. What did I know about the Gregynog Colloquium? Short answer-not a lot, I had been told that it was where members ofWHELF(andHEWIT) annually converge to share experiences, ideas and thoughts, and as a new professional who has only experienced University libraries and services from a student perspective was really looking forward to the presentations and getting to know more about the libraries, librarians and information professionals within Higher Education Sector..


It gave us great pleasure to present this special lifetime achievement award to Thomas Hywel James (known as Hywel) during the CILIP Cymru Wales conference in Llandudno.


We are looking for a new member to join our committee and become the next CILIP Cymru Wales Award Officer. If you think you would like to take on this role have a look at the role description on ourAwards Officer pageand email us Here are Helens thoughts on her experience as our current officer:

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