Seven librarians are in the running for Welsh Librarian of the Year, awarded by The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals in Wales (CILIP Cymru Wales).
The nominees bring their expertise to a broad range of settings, including Welsh Government, Wales Public Health’s Disease Control and NHS Wales, higher education, the promotion and preservation of Welsh heritage, and the development of public library services that improve local culture and life for families and children.
CILIP Cymru Wales Development Manager Kathryn Parry said:
"Our amazing library and information professionals make an enormous contribution to Welsh life. Their expertise supports strong communities, protects people’s health, informs government and businesses and supports literacy and development for all. They play a key role in the rich and diverse culture which we are all proud to be part of here in Wales. All seven nominees deserve recognition and celebration and I wish each of them the best of luck for the award.”
Nominations are made by colleagues and professional contacts based on achievements including a positive impact on community or sector, improving library services and commitment to the profession. The winner will be announced during the CILIP Cymru Wales conference dinner at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Thursday 11 May.
The Award is administered by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Wales, and is sponsored by SirsiDynix, worldwide library technology specialists.
The seven nominees
- Allie Cingi, Library Manager, Pencoed Library (Brigend)
- Wendy Foster, Knowledge Services Manager, Glangwili Library, Hywel Dda University Health Board
- Stephen Gregory, Legal and Digital Librarian & Team Leader, Information and Archive Services, Welsh Government
- Nia Gruffydd, User Services Manager, Gwynedd Library Service
- Sue Hodges, recently retired from the post of Director of Libraries and Archives, Bangor University and Chair of WHELF
- Thomas Hywel James, Principal Librarian. Gwynedd Library Service
- Isabel Puscas, Senior Evidence & Knowledge Analyst. Observatory Evidence Service, Public Health Wales
Development Manager CILIP Wales
Rheolwr Datblygu CILIP Cymru
Notes to editors
1. CILIP: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. CILIP’s vision is a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014. cilip.org.uk
2. CILIP Cymru Wales is the national office for CILIP in Wales. Our vision is that high quality library and information provision is a fundamental requirement for an informed, democratic, and bilingual society in Wales and through its members it seeks to make such provision available to all.