Wednesday, 27 February 2013

News from CILIP Cymru Wales - February 2013

The CILIP Cymru Wales Executive Committee met by video conference on Wednesday 20 February. This is a summary of key news and discussions at that meeting.


Comings and goings...

Committee welcomed Tracey Stanley (Deputy University Librarian, Cardiff University) and Lori Havard (Head of Academic Services, Swansea University Library) to their first full meeting. We are very grateful for their involvement and help!
Andrew Green retires from his current role, Librarian at the National Library of Wales, in March, and so tendered his resignation from Committee.  Sincere thanks were offered to Andrew for many years of dedicated service to CILIP in Wales, to the Library Association in Wales, and to the profession more widely. We wish Andrew a very fulfilled, happy and long retirement.
Officers are appointed for a two year period, and some of these posts will be completed during 2013. There may be opportunities for YOUR involvement on the CILIP Cymru Wales Executive Committee. Please do start thinking about what skills and abilities you could bring to Committee.

And so to business....

Much discussion naturally focussed on planning for the CILIP Cymru Wales Annual Conference which will be held in the Cardiff Radisson Blu Hotel on 16th and 17th May.

The programme is nearly finalised, greatly aided by a broad range of very interesting responses to the “call for papers”. We are also grateful for the involvement of the CILIP Special Interest Groups at this year’s conference.  ARLG, CDG, HLG and YLG will all be hosting sessions at the conference! Because of these factors I believe that the conference will have a real grassroots / practitioner feel, and so will address training and development needs for our members across a wide range of issues. And we are also improving the  lunchtime menus  and making better use of the exhibition space.
Bookings are now open and the early bird rate is available up until 12 April 2013. So don’t delay ... book today. We will also be shortly announcing a scheme to support and enable attendance at conference by students, new professionals and unwaged members. Watch this space!

And the winner is ....

We're in Awards season, and CILIP Cymru Wales is no different!

We are currently seeking nominations for the inaugural Welsh Librarian of the Year Award. We’re celebrating the difference that professional librarians make in Wales – recognising excellence, innovation or impact of service provision.  The nomination process is straightforward and we encourage your nominations by Thursday 28 March 2013.

We are very grateful to Sirsi Dynix for their generous sponsorship of the Award. The overall winner and “Welsh Librarian of the Year” will receive a £500 prize, and will be announced at the Conference Dinner on Thursday 16th May in Cardiff.

Money, money, money...

Carol Edwards, our Treasurer reported a happy state of financial affairs, with predictions of a modest surplus from Conference in 2012. Preparations are well underway to finalise the 2012 accounts, and because we have money in the bank we are examining ways to spend this for the benefit for our members.  Do you have suggestions or support for activities in any of the following areas:
·         training and development needs for our members across Wales
·         research and analysis that could support future lobbying or advocacy work in Wales
·         podcasts / video-casts from Conference sessions
We also briefly reported on activities with the Kathleen Cooks Fund. Further information is available at this blog entry.

Wider horizons...

Unfortunately our observers from CILIP in London, SCL (the Society of Chief Librarians in Wales), and WHELF (the Welsh Higher Education Libraries Forum) weren’t able to attend our meeting, but we do benefit from regular email contact with them.
In CILIP you may be aware of changes to CILIP in Scotland, to ongoing developments with the Future Skills Project (specifically appointing contractors to undertake course accreditation and a research project on options for CILIP’s CPD provision). Bookings are also being taken for Umbrella, to be held in Manchester, 2-3 July.

Future dates ...

The Committee will next meet in full at the National Library of Wales on 16 July 2013.
The CILIP Cymru Wales Information Day and AGM which will be held in Mid or North Wales on 7th November. This will be a free event and we will welcome your recommendations for venues or speakers. Please do get in touch .

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