Welsh Librarian of the Year Award 2016

 

2016 Winner Dylan Hughes

In recent years, Dylan has worked tirelessly to make the vision of a single nationally procured library management system a reality in Wales. This has been a very challenging and time-consuming project that required a range of skills and personal attributes, not least tenacity, to pull off. The legacy that his leadership of this project will give the Welsh public library network is significant.

His support not only to his own service but to others through his involvement with SCL Wales and other organisations have led to changes within the Welsh Public Library Standards, various library strategies and the growth and professionalism around the marketing of library services.

He is a passionate committed library professional who on retirement will be sorely missed, both in Wrexham and across the wider nation.

Collecting his award, Dylan thanked CILIP Cymru Wales and sponsors SirsiDynix and applauded the work of his fellow nominees. Dylan said that he saw the award , not as an individual achievement, but as a collective achievement on behalf of all the librarians he has worked with over his 35 year career.

 

The CILIP Cymru Wales Welsh Librarian of the Year Award recognises and celebrates the contribution of library and information experts to the profession and society.

Award criteria
Nominations for Welsh Librarian of the Year should demonstrate achievements in the following areas:
•    Positive impact on community or sector
•    Improving library services
•    Commitment to the profession

"What we provide through Libraries really matters to the communities we serve – and The Welsh Librarian of the Year award is a wonderful way of recognising the vital contribution individuals make to providing that service through their dedication and work.  I’d always found the stories of what past nominees had achieved to be inspiring and humbling, so  I was incredibly honoured to be the recipient of the award in 2015…it really does feel a very special achievement indeed.  There is still so much fabulous work going on in libraries across Wales that I look forward to learning more about through the nominations & nominees for 2016. "

2015 WLYA Winner Mark Hughes

 

Congratulations to the Welsh Librarian of the Year Award shortlisted nominees for 2016

  • Richard Boardman – Cardiff Libraries
  • Ann Cross – University of South Wales
  • Elen Davies – Swansea University
  • Karen Gibbins – Swansea Libraries
  • Dylan Hughes – Wrexham Libraries
  • Sioned Jacques – Cardiff Libraries

Richard Boardman, Neighbourhood Development  Librarian, Ely Hub -Cardiff Council Libraries

Nominator: Nicola Richards

Richard has become a key member of the community of Ely & Caerau. This has been achieved through relentless networking, partnership working and high quality service delivery. He concentrates his work outside of the Library building and has delivered sessions directly within the community.

He has been particularly effective in his work with Care Homes, delivering reminiscence and intergenerational sessions with fantastic feedback from the citizens involved.

His work with the schools in the area has been excellent and resulted in him being asked to be a Governor on the board of one of the schools. He has recently been asked to be involved in the recruitment of the new head teacher which amply illustrates the standing that he has achieved within the Community.

Richard recently won the All Wales Marketing award for partnership working for his work with Sports Cardiff in establishing successful sports clubs within Ely Caerau Hub.

 

Ann Cross, Assistant Head Librarian, University of South Wales

Nominator: Emma Adamson

Ann is an exemplary Library professional, manager and colleague, whom has evidenced a dedication and commitment to the library profession, over the breadth of her 33 year career in Welsh academic libraries.

On a national level, Ann is a member of the newly formed WHELF Learning & Teaching sub-group, and has been a member of WHISD for many years organising staff development events for HE Librarians. This year, for the third time, she is Chairing and leading the organisation of the WHELF/HEWIT Gregynog Colloquium being hosted by the University of South Wales.

Ann has evidenced a continued commitment to the profession through a varied career, achievement of both a PGCE and FHEA, as well as undertaking the role of Mentor to a new professionals seeking CILIP Chartership.

 

Elen Davies Subject Librarian - Medicine, Human & Health Sciences, Science – Swansea University

Nominator: Katrina Hall

Elen is fully engaged with the community she serves and over the last year has been involved in several projects across campus, engaging with academics and students from her own subject disciplines and beyond. In 2013 she was awarded a Swansea University Research Forum (SURF) certificate of merit ‘for an outstanding contribution to Swansea University’s research community’.

A Chartered Librarian, Elen is always looking for opportunities to develop her skills and broaden her experience. In May 2016 she will be visiting the University of Helsinki for a week as part of the Erasmus Staff Mobility scheme.

She is a great advocate for the profession in her interactions with students and academics. She recently collaborated with Dr Katrina Legg from the Richard Burton Archives at Swansea University on a session on careers in libraries and archives. 

 

Karen Gibbins Principal Librarian: Information & Learning, Swansea Libraries

Nominator: Steve Hardman

Karen is a very dedicated member of staff and a fantastic advocate for the profession. 

Karen has been a former Chair of CILIP Wales and has represented CILIP Wales at a numerous meetings and worked with partner organisations to promote CILIP and advocate on the importance of public libraries. Karen has volunteered to support the all Wales LMS project and has worked on the harmonisation of policies across regions. She was also instrumental is helping to deliver Swansea’s new Central Library in her role as Library Project Manager. Karen is one of the most professional people I have ever worked with. She enthuses and advocates about the profession whilst, bringing everyone who works in Swansea Libraries under that single professional umbrella. Karen is the least likely to take any credit for the work she does and is generous in reflecting credit towards her team. In fact I would imagine she would find it quite embarrassing to take any credit at all and to even be nominated for this award would cause her to blush. 

 

Dylan Hughes, Leisure and Libraries Manager- Wrexham Library & Information Service

Nominated by the SCL Wales Executive Group

In recent years, Dylan has worked tirelessly to make the vision of a single nationally procured library management system a reality in Wales. This has been a very challenging and time-consuming project that required a range of skills and personal attributes, not least tenacity, to pull off. The legacy that his leadership of this project will give the Welsh public library network is significant.

His support not only to his own service but to others through his involvement with SCL Wales and other organisations have led to changes within the Welsh Public Library Standards, various library strategies and the growth and professionalism around the marketing of library services.

He is a passionate committed library professional who on retirement will be sorely missed, both in Wrexham and across the wider nation.

 

Sioned Jaques Children’s and Welsh Librarian, Cardiff Hub -Cardiff Council, Libraries

Nominator: Nicola Richards

Sioned Jacques joined Cardiff Council in September 2015 as the Children’s & Welsh Librarian. She has been an excellent advocate for Children’s literacy and has reshaped the delivery of welsh medium services within Cardiff.

She has placed literacy at the heart of her service delivery and this has been evident in her key role in the role of Every Child a Library Member within Cardiff. Sioned also is the chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway judging panel for 2016 and was involved in drawing up the shortlist for the awards. Sioned is serving on a number of committees including the City of the Unexpected Committee which is leading on the Dahl Centenary Celebrations within Cardiff.

She is an excellent advocate for the Library Service and uses every opportunity to place the service at the heart of programmes, projects and initiatives thereby promoting Library Services during these challenging times…Sioned is an excellent example of an effective advocate in portraying high levels of professionalism. She is a credit to her profession.

 

With thanks to the 2016 judging panel

  • Tracey Stanley, Chair of CILIP Cymru Wales
  • Nick Poole, CEO, CILIP
  • Jayne Lee, Operations Manager, Caerphilly County Borough Council
  • Organised by Helen Staffer, Awards Administration, CILIP Cymru Wales Committee 

 

The Award is administered by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Wales, and was sponsored by SirsiDynix – worldwide library technology specialists.