Last week I was invited to give a talk to a group of library Foundation Degree students who were on their final study school week of their course in the delightful setting of Gregynog Hall. The 12 students on the course (based at Glyndwr University) were from FE, HE and public libraries, from both Wales and England. I was asked to focus on management issues and talked about CyMAL’s functions, the Welsh library context, library strategies in Wales, funding, grants and project management. I also allowed a bit of time for some creative group work and set them the task to come up with an idea for a project and to outline the title, what they wanted to do, why and how, who was involved, some SMART objectives, and how they would evaluate it. Despite being given only 10 minutes, they came up with some very good ideas and there is certainly a lot of enthusiasm and creativity amongst the library workforce. They’ll be planning our libraries in the future!
Staff are often the key to the success of a service (see the Mystery Shopper research) and CyMAL’s investment in the library workforce is important for the future success of library services. If you or your staff are looking to improve your professional library skills a Foundation Degree may be worth considering. CyMAL provides bursaries for the first year of study of either of the Foundation Degrees in Wales (at Coleg Llandrillo and Glyndwr University). More information can be found on the CyMAL grant web pages.
I’ll conclude with the poem that Paul Jeorrott read out before introducing me for my talk. (He was reading from Heaven on Earth 101 Happy Poems throughout the study school which is a lovely idea.) The poem he chose was by e cummings and I thought the first verse was particularly appropriate for the view of Gregynog gardens out the window of the room.
i thank You God for most this amazing day