Could you be the Welsh librarian of 2014? (Repost)

On 18 March, the following message appeared on Alyson’s Welsh libraries blog (Link: http://libalyson.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/could-you-be-the-welsh-librarian-of-2014/

Nominations are now open for the second Welsh Librarian of the Year Award.

The award recognises and celebrates the contribution of librarians and information professionals to contemporary society in Wales and beyond. It 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.

Deadline for submission of nominations is Thursday 04 April 2014, and the announcement will be made in the CILIP Wales conference on 15th May. For nomination forms and T+Cs, check the CILIP Wales page.

The Award is administered by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Wales, and is sponsored by SirsiDynix.

You can read about last year’s winners on Alyson’s blog or the CILIP Wales blog.

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Inquiry into Public Libraries in Wales

As was mentioned in a previous post (January 2013), the National Assembly of Wales  –  back in November 2013  –  invited organisations and residents etc in Wales, to submit written comments to them in respect of Public Libraries in Wales.

Such comments  –  of which there appear to have been approximately thirty-two (32) from an eclectic mix of Councils, Charities, Libraries, Associations and Individuals  –  have been appended (in both pdf and html formats) on the National Assembly for Wales website at http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=8295 where they also can be read.

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

Of the thirty-two comments received, three of them relate to the Swansea Local Authority’s area; one being the Pennard Library Working Group’s response to the Inquiry, one being the City and County of Swansea’s response, and one being an individual’s response (which relates to a different library, but does contain some wording of relevance to several libraries within the Swansea area).

National Assembly for Wales Inquiry re Public Libraries (in Wales)

In late November 2013, the National Assembly for Wales commenced an “Inquiry into Public Libraries” when it posted online a letter stating “The National Assembly for Wales’ Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee is to undertake a short inquiry into public libraries in Wales“, and went on to say “To assist with its inquiry, the Committee would welcome your views on the following matters:

  • The extent to which progress has been made by the Welsh Government towards achieving its Programme for Government commitments relating to libraries, and how sustainable any progress is in the current climate;
  • The extent to which the current legislative and policy frameworks are suitable to meet the challenges facing local authorities delivering library services in Wales;
  • How well-prepared the Welsh Government and local authorities are to mitigate the impact of public sector cuts on library services;
  • Options for improving the financial sustainability of library services, including alternative models of provision;
  • The contemporary and community role of public libraries in Wales.

Invitation to contribute to the inquiry
The Committee welcomes responses in English or Welsh from both individuals and organisations and will hold oral evidence sessions in due course.”

N.B.  To read the National Assembly for Wales’ original letter in full, please see http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/documents/s21921/Consultation%20letter.pdf

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

Unfortunately, the Pennard Library Working Group only found out about the said ‘Inquiry’ in early January 2014, and as all replies had to be submitted to the ‘Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee [at the] National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff’ by 17 January 2014 latest, a reply was quickly formulated and sent.

Booker Prize celebration

24Sep2011

Booker Prize celebration

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: September 24, 2011
http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Booker-Prize-celebration/story-13395814-detail/story.html

PENNARD Library Reading Group is celebrating after being chosen to take part in this year’s Booker Prize competition.

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

The group, just one of six to have been selected in the UK and the only one from Wales, will be given all books nominated for this year’s prize and give their views on each one to the competition judges.
The group will also have the chance to travel to London to meet the nominated authors in October.
The Booker Prize winner will be announced at a lavish ceremony on Tuesday, October 18.