Last night at the CILIP Cymru Wales conference in Cardiff, the winners of the inaugural Welsh librarian of the year award were announced. The judging panel must have had a really hard time choosing the winners from the short listed candidates because as Stephen Gregory (maternity cover policy officer for CILIP Wales) described the wonderful achievements of the candidates it was obvious they are all fantastic examples of librarians doing wonderful stuff to serve their respective communities.
Anyway, to the winners! The public librarian winner was Bethan Hughes from Denbighshire, and the academic sector librarian winner was Lori Havard of Swansea University. Lori was also awarded overall Welsh Librarian of the Year award. Llongyfarchiadau (congratulations) to Lori and Bethan, and to the other candidates (Preeti Pathak from Cardiff public libraries, Carole Morgans from Cardiff public libraries, and Rebecca Mogg from Cardiff University.) There was also a long list, which you can see here.
The award was kindly sponsored by SirsiDynix. I overheard people saying it was a great way to end the first day of the conference and several said they had a ‘warm and fuzzy feeling’ after hearing about the nominees and what they achieve, and hearing from Lori about her passion for libraries.
I shall ask the winners if they’d like to do a guest blog post on here, so hopefully you’ll hear from Lori and Bethan in the future. (Pics were taken by CILIP Wales – some are on their Flickr account and for a more detailed review of the winners see the CILIP Wales blog post.)