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Welsh Librarian of the Year Award 2018. Shortlisted Nominees
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2018 shortlist for the Welsh Librarian of the Year Award. (WLYA)

CILIP Cymru Wales are proud to share this years shortlist for the WLYA. Information professionals are the part of a library service that can with support build a service that is open, inclusive and responsive to its communities needs. By celebrating the individuals who are being recognised by colleagues in their field we strive to raise the profile of both the individuals and the profession as a whole.

“The Welsh Librarian of the Year is a prestigious award recognising the contribution of librarians and information professionals to contemporary society in Wales. This will the fifth year that the Award is given and it is not surprising to see all five nominations coming from the vibrant Welsh higher education sector demonstrating the impact of the strategic aims of the Welsh HE Libraries Forum and the move towards the next stage of the implementation of the Welsh HE library management system. The award is given to a professional who demonstrates a positive impact on their community or sector, contributes to significant improvement to library services and shows a real commitment to the profession. Winning the award is a real accolade highlighting the real contribution made by the Welsh LIS sector to CILIP across the UK and beyond.”

Paul Chair CILIP Cymru Wales

Short listed nominees WLYA (in no particular order)


Andrew Brown. Nominated by Annette Linton

Collections Services and Systems Librarian, Swansea University

Phillipa Price. Nominated by Naomi Prady

Subject Librarian, Swansea University

Jane Daniels. Nominated by Mark Hughes and Julie Neenan

Bibliographic Librarian, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Tracey Stanley. Nominated by Janet Peters (on behalf of the Senior Management Team)

 Deputy University Librarian, Cardiff University

Sally Earney. Nominated by Felicity Jones

 Customer Services Manager, Cardiff University

SIrsiDynix has sponsored the award for the past 5 years and it remains appropriate to re-share this comment made at the inaugural ceremony

“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."

Barbara Pacut, SirisDynix, 2013.

The winner will be announced during the awards evening ceremony-which is fully booked- at the National Library of Wales on the 9th of May as part of our conference.

Please join us in celebrating the achievement of our five shortlisted nominees by sharing the news on social media and with colleagues, tagging us @CILIPinWales and by using the hashtag #WLYA2018


Andrew Brown

It’s both exciting and humbling to be nominated for Welsh Librarian of the Year. In so many ways it’s not at all about me, as whatever I’ve achieved in the profession is so often about teamwork and is built on the support, help and advice of others. As a Christian I know that any skills and talents I have are God-given and that the glory isn’t mine to keep.

Sally Earney

It came as a huge surprise to hear of my nomination for Welsh Librarian of the Year Award. I am very honoured and touched to be nominated and I am looking forward to meeting the other nominees and attending the Awards ceremony. I am coming close to having worked in libraries for 25 years so being nominated for this award is a highlight in my career and gives me additional motivation for the years to come!

Jane Daniels

It’s an honour to have received the nomination which I accept on behalf of ALL cataloguing & metadata colleagues across Wales. I hope that when people read the citation they will reflect on the work of our small but tremendously dedicated workforce. Every day we work to ensure that resources acquired by Museums, Galleries, Archives and Libraries are described for posterity and discoverable in our catalogues. It’s a fascinating, demanding & integral part of the library profession!

Philippa Price

I feel quite humbled to be nominated for this award. Like most librarians, I’m not in this for the money or the glory! I am so touched that someone took the time to put my name forward. Anything I’ve achieved in this role has been with the support and inspiration of colleagues at Swansea University (inside the library and out) and from the wider network of wonderful Welsh librarians; it’s a privilege to be part of this community

Tracey Stanley

I’m overwhelmed to be nominated and shortlisted for this award, and would like to thank colleagues for nominating me. I couldn’t do my job without them, so in a sense I feel this is a nomination for the entire team.

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