CILIP Wales are launching a Welsh Librarian of the Year award for the first time (2013). The award is open to all library and information professionals* working in Wales, and the award will be presented at the CILIP Wales annual conference which is being held in Cardiff on 16/17 May.
Further information is available on the CILIP website and nominations should be submitted by Thursday 28 March 2013.
Their blurb says: “The new Welsh Librarian of the Year Award recognises and celebrates the contribution of librarians and information professionals to contemporary society in Wales and beyond. Awarded to an individual librarian or information professional, this award champions the achievements, impacts and innovation of those who make a significant difference to either the communities which they serve or to the profession in Wales. The Award is administered by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Wales, and is sponsored by SirsiDynix – worldwide library technology specialists.”
This is the second award for library staff in Wales, and complements the marketing innovation awards (soon to be awarded for 2012-13) which are for a marketing project rather than to individuals. These marketing awards have been running for several years and are part of the marketing strand of the library strategy for Wales (Libraries Inspire 2012-16), and you can read about past winners in the staff toolkit of the librarywales.org website. Contact me or Wrexham marketing project officers Jane, Bethan or Nicky if you’ve forgotten the password for the staff toolkit.
I know from reading or hearing about all the great things that library staff in Wales are doing that there are some excellent library staff who should go for this award – good luck!
*I understand that for the first year it’s open to qualified librarians, and you do not have to be a CILIP member to be nominated.