CILIP Cymru Wales Conference 2017

Library and Information Professionals: Working towards a greater Wales

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Thu, 11th May 2017 - 9:30am to Fri, 12th May 2017 - 5:00pm
Llandudno Pier

This year our conference is at Venue Cymru in the beautiful seaside town of Llandudno.The conference is open to delegates from all levels and sectors of the Information profession and it is the perfect event to share experiences, foster new relationships and inspire new professionals. Bookings are open until the 4th of May.

Our themes are:

  • Health: partnerships, information, opportunities for working cross sectors
  • Privacy: responsibilities of the profession
  • Copyright: sharing of information, images, music, research

  • Advocacy beyond the library walls
  • Workforce and self development

The Welsh Books Council will announce the winner of the English language Tir na n-Og Awards at Llandudno Library and the Welsh Librarian of the Year Award 2017  (nominations now open) will be presented during the conference dinner where we also have a guest speaker for the evening.

Potential exhibitors

Our conference is a warm and welcoming event where you will have the opportunity to mix with a broad range of cross sector information professionals and librarians. You will be situated in the Hall where all keynote speakers will present and benefit from delegate traffic during all breaks.

You are welcome to view our competitive exhibtion and sponsorship fees and  one of the twelve exhibition spaces available- see related links.

Confirmed exhibitors: SirsiDynix, Bolinda, Digital Communities Wales, Welsh Books Council, thedesignconcept

Book an exhibition place

Sponsored places

Thank you to our two delegate sponsors MALD*  who have sponsored ten day delegate places for the conference, and the Welsh Books Council who have sponsored a day delegate. If you would like to sponsor a day delegate please use the book an exhibition link above.


Please note these times may change

Thursday 11th May

There will be a translation service available in the main hall for keynote speakers and welsh presentations on this first day. Questions are welcomed from the audience in Welsh or English.

9:30-10am Registration

10-10:30 Welcome and opening of the conference and Keynote with Linda Tomos Chief Executive and Librarian, National Library of Wales Networking Masterclass

10:40-11:25am What do Librarians need to do to prepare for the GDPR?David Teague, Regional Manager (Wales) Information Commissioner’s Office @iconews

Data protection laws are undergoing a significant period of reform, and in May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulations take effect in the UK. David Teague, Regional Manager (Wales), from the Information Commissioner’s Office will explain what the reforms mean for organisations, and how you can start preparing now for the forthcoming changes now.

11:25-12:25pm Breakout sessions

Session 1. Planning for Disasters or Literally Firefighting? Mark Ludlam, Learning Resources Manager, Gower College Swansea @basementjack

Session 2. How we made a makerspace- and how you can too! Allie Cingi, Library Manager, Awen Cultural Trust @LibraryAllie and Rob Jones @library_maker., Library Assistant Pencoed Library 30 minutes with 10 minutes for questions

New Session 3. Marketing to thrive and survive. Sian Nielson @SianNeilson and Giles Lloyd-Brown @GilesLloydBrown Swansea University Libraries.

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-2:20pm Keynote Professor Neil Frude Bibliotherapy: Strategy, schemes, struggles and successes. 40 minutes with 10 minutes for questions

2:30-3:10 Breakout sessions

Session 1.Supporting evidence informed decision making for public health practice and policy. Katrina Hall, Team Lead, Knowledge Management, Observatory Evidence Service, Public Health Wales @trinahall101 @PHWTystiolaeth @PHWEvidence 40 minutes

Session 2. Wici Cymru: opportunities for partnership with academic, research and public libraries. Rob Owain, @RobLlwyd Wikimedia UK Manager (Wales) and Jason Evans, @WIKI_NLW Wikimedian in Residence, National Library of Wales 40 minutes.

Session 3. Developing a toolkit for evaluating FE services Dr Andrew Eynon, Library and Learning Resource Manager, Grwp Llandrillo @andrewey

3:30-4:15pm End of day speaker Dr Einir M Young, Director of Sustainability, Bangor University The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act- a blessing or a curse?

5:30-6:30pm Welsh Books Council will announce the English Language winner of this years Tir na n-Og Awards at Llandudno Library

The three books shortlisted are:
Alien Rain by Ruth Morgan

Sweet Pizza by Giancarlo Gemin

The Haunting of Jessop Rise by Danny Weston

Thursday Evening

Doors open 6:30pm

Welsh Librarian of the Year Award

Evening meal and guest poet and performer Peter Read.

Friday 12th May


Evidence Based Advocacy:Business breakfast for managers, leaders and employers

Get conference Friday off to a flying start at the CILIP Business breakfast:

  • Gain insight into harnessing evidence based advocacy for your organisation
  • Discover the CILIP tools available to help you successfully influence key stakeholders
  • Hear CILIP’s Impact Toolkit creator, Juanita Foster-Jones, present the Toolkit’s sections on “Impact and Evidence” and “Advocacy”
  • Learn from industry experts Case Study Ninja on the power of case studies as evidence

After the presentations, the presenters and senior CILIP staff, including CEO Nick Poole, will be on hand to answer your questions as you network with other employers over coffee and pastries. You’ll be ready to start day two of the conference with plenty of insight, ideas and contacts.

This is a free conference event designed to support library and information employers. Register your place at the breakfast here [booking form]

9:30-10am NWLP AGM

9:45-10:30am Registration

10:30-11:15am Keynote: Dr Jane Secker Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City University Copyright Education and Librarians: understanding privileges and rights. @jsecker @UKcopyrightlit

11:20-12:20pm Breakout sessions

Session 1. What do Librarians need to know about the prevention of terrorism?- The LIS role in the Prevent Agenda. Paul Jeorrett, @jeorrettp University Librarian, Wrexham Glyndwr and Gwenan Hine, Head of Compliance at Bangor University 40 minutes in total

Session 2.The View From Here (with apologies to We the Kings) How can an American Rock Band from Bradenton, Florida, help us secure a bright future for our Libraries in Wales? Liz Grieve, @lizgrieve Head of Customers, Communications and Marketing, Denbighshire County Council 30 minutes in total

Session 3. Tell them about it: Impact toolkit workshop Juanita Foster-Jones, @jfj24 Development Officer, VLE CILIP 45 minutes - 1 hour

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-2:30pm Keynote Paul Pedley, Author and Phd Student at City, University of London, where he is also a visiting lecturer Protecting the privacy of library users @priv_lib 40 minutes presentation with 20 minutes for questions

3-4pm Breakout sessions

Session 1.Outreach and Engagement: Rewarding at Every Level. interactive seminar Louisa Yates, Director of Collections and Research, Gladstone's Library @louisayates @gladlib 1 hour in total

Session 2. Poster presentations- 5 minute presentations by the teams who have submitted posters for display.details to follow

Session 3. Privacy Workshop Paul Pedley

4-4:30pm End of Conference speaker- Nicholas Poole who will cover the CILIP campaign #AMillionDecisions and talk about the All-Party Parliamentary Groups proposed work programme.


  • Paul Pedley

    Paul Pedley is a library copyright expert for the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance. He has written a number of books published by Facet Publishing: 'Practical Copyright for Library and Information Professionals', 'Copyright Compliance', 'Digital Copyright', 'Essential Law for Information Professionals' (3rd ed); and 'Managing Digital Rights' (editor). He is also presents a programme on privacy.

  • Jane Secker

    Jane Secker

    Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor

    London School of Economics and Political Science

    Dr Jane Secker is Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City University. London and the former Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at LSE where she provided advice and support for staff and students. She is Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and the author of several books, including Copyright and E-learning a guide for Practitioners. The second edition of this book was published June 2016, co-authored with Chris Morrison.

  • Neil Frude

    Professor Neil Frude

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist

    The Happiness Consultancy

    Neil Frude is a consultant clinical psychologist and an Honorary Professor in Cardiff University and the University of South Wales. He has published a number of books on topics as diverse as family relations, disruption in schools, violence and human interaction with computers. In 2003 Neil devised a book prescription scheme for mental health which has since become a national scheme in Wales and England as well as being introduced in several other countries. Neil is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and was recently given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society. He has also performed as a stand-up comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

  • Linda Tomos

    Linda Tomos

    Chief Executive

    National Library of Wales

    In November 2015 Linda became National Librarian and Chief executive of the National Library of Wales.  Linda’s career has been shaped by her ability to direct and lead specialist teams. She’s established new departments and services; the Welsh Studies collection at the College of Librarianship Wales, the first all Wales electronic careers information system and managed the implementation of The Peoples Network programme in 2000.
    As past Chair of the Library and Information Services Council for Wales (LISC Wales) and of the BBC Educational Broadcasting Council Wales, former director of Museums Archives and Libraries Division (formerly CyMAL) and Welsh Government Representative on Powys Local Service Board, Linda is perfectly placed to share her tips on networking and advocating for libraries.


Venue Cymru

The Promenade
LL30 1BB Llandudno

United Kingdom

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