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An ideal role for a networker; Helen shares her experience of our Award Officers Role.
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An ideal role for a networker;

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:

"Having worked in Public, Government, Health and HE libraries I’ve seen at first -hand the positive impact Library and Information professionals have within their communities. From developing a love of books and reading at library story times to supporting homework clubs, information literacy and lifelong learning they have made a difference to users, giving them the tools, resources and skills to succeed.

As CILIP Cymru/ Wales’ Awards Office I’ve had the opportunity to support the Welsh Librarian of the Year Award for the past three years. The aim of the award is to highlight and celebrate the level of cross- sector professional achievement in Wales.

The role involves working closely with the Head of CILIP in Wales, fellow Committee members and sponsors Sirsi Dynix, to raise awareness of the award, encouraging library managers to nominate professional staff and colleagues who have gone the extra mile to:

- Make a positive impact on their community or sector

- Improve library services and

- Support professional development in Wales and beyond.

A rewarding part of the role for me has been reading the nominations and finding out how innovative, and enthusiastic and skilled CILIP members are. Their commitment to improving services for users in difficult financial times has been inspiring. The role has also involved liaising with nominees and their nominators and supporting members of the Awards Panel. This is amply rewarded by being part of the Awards night during the annual conference. All shortlisted candidates are invited to attend the ceremony so I’ve had the opportunity to meet some wonderful Librarians who all seem surprised and humbled at being recognised for the excellent work they do.

I recommend this role to anyone who enjoys networking with colleagues and being inspired by their achievements."

Helen Staffer

Library Customer Services Manager – University Library Services – Cardiff University.

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