Here are some questions I get asked, or, I think you might want to ask. If your question isn’t on here, email me and if it seems like it would be useful for others, I’ll add it in here.

1. What is MALD? What’s happened to CyMAL?
MALD is a policy division of the Welsh Government and means Museums, Archives and Libraries Division. It was established in 2004. Until 1 June 2015 it was known as CyMAL (which meant Cymru: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales.) Staff working in the division work for the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure (Ken Skates AM) and are civil servants. But we also have a very front-facing role and have direct engagement with museums, archives and libraries across Wales.

2. How can I find out who to contact in MALD?
We don’t have a full list of who to contact on our web pages. For libraries please contact me or Jemma Francis. For other enquiries see our contact page.

3. Where do I find out about the free training courses that MALD runs across Wales?
Details of the currently available courses are in the Professional Development and Training events page on the MALD web pages. Bookings can be made online.

4. What’s happened to CyMAL magazine?
The CyMAL magazine was published twice a year. Issue 14 was published in early May 2013 and was the last issue.

5. Where can I found out about the marketing of Welsh libraries?
There was an overall marketing strategy for Libraries Inspire. Wrexham CBC were awarded a grant to run the Attracting the Audience programme for museums, archives and libraries for 2016-17. Relevant marketing materials can be found in the staff toolkit via the Welsh Libraries portal. You can email Jane Purdie to find out more.

6. What are Welsh Public Library Standards?
Since just before MALD was established there have been standards frameworks in place in Wales that enable the Welsh Minister responsible for libraries to fulfill his/her statutory duty under the 1964 Public Libraries Act. This ensures that local authorities provide a “comprehensive and efficient” library service. There is a separate section on the MALD web pages for the Welsh Public Library Standards.

7. Where can I find out more about the all-Wales LMS?
There are two all-Wales LMS projects.

The one for universities is being led by Cardiff University on behalf of WHELF, with all institutions contributing towards the project. The project is now implemented aross all institutinos – see the WHELF blog for more information.

The successful award for the public library shared LMS was announced in late August 2015. Following this, the six authorities in north Wales (Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey and Wrexham) went live with Sirsi Dynix in August 2016.The other authorities will begin to join the system after this over the next couple of years.

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