The Welsh Librarian of the Year Award recognises and celebrates the contribution of librarians and information professionals to the profession and to the wider society. The 2018 Award was announced at the annual CILIP Cymru Wales conference, held this year in Aberystwyth. The awards ceremony was hosted by the National Library of Wales and the winner revealed by National Librarian, Linda Tomos. This year the awards panel received a number of very strong submissions from the HE/FE sector which was reflected in the shortlist. Libraries and librarians are at the heart of colleges and universities, supporting academic communities in every way and innovating in the key research issues of digital and information literacy. One of the outstanding aspects about this year’s shortlist was their individual commitment to improving the library user experience, no matter what their role – from behind the scenes metadata creation to face-to-face information literacy instruction. It was a marvellous opportunity for members of CILIP Cymru Wales to come together and celebrate the achievements of these dedicated librarians.
The overall winner of the 2018 Award was Tracey Stanley, Deputy University Librarian, Cardiff University. Tracey was nominated by colleagues in recognition of her profound influence on libraries across Wales and her outstanding work to improve student library satisfaction. As Chair of CILIP Wales from 2015-2017 she has driven a culture of customer service, and represented the library sector to the Welsh Government. Tracey is an inspiring example to other librarians for her dedication, the commitment she shows to her personal development and to the promotion of the profession in Wales and a more than worthy winner of the title Welsh Librarian of the Year.
Shortlisted nominees and winner with Linda from The National library of Wales.
The shortlisted nominees, in no particular order, were:
Andrew Brown, Collection Services and Systems Librarian, Swansea University
Andrew’s nominators spoke of his enthusiasm for improving services not only from the library perspective but also from that of improving user experience.
Philippa Pearce, Subject Librarian, Swansea University
Philippa was recognised for her use of innovative tools and techniques to demonstrate best practice in student engagement to other HE librarians.
Jane Daniels, Bibliographic Librarian, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Jane was nominated for her commitment to ensuring that information and resources should be as openly and widely findable and easily accessible as possible to best meet the needs of users
Sally Earney, Customer Services Manager, Cardiff University
Sally was recognised for her positive and inclusive team leadership and her success in engaging staff with professional development.
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.