Survive and Thrive: CILIP CYMRU

The pretty spa town of Landrindod played host once again to the annual Welsh libraries, museums and archives conference.

Llandrindod: host town for the CILIPS CYMRU Conference

I attended for the first time with CILIPS President, Alan Reid.  You can read more about Alan’s thoughts and impressions of the event in his blog post.

CILIPS President, Alan Reid

For me the highlights included learning more about cross sectoral collaboration and shared services in Wales. ‘Making Wales an information literate nation’ discussed a project funded by CYMAL which builds on the work initiated by John Crawford and Christine Irving here in Scotland at Glasgow Caledonian University with the Scottish Information Literacy Framework.

The project promotes information literacy in Wales and provides a framework for information literacy progression across sector in Wales. It supports a number of key drivers  including:

One Wales

Digital Inclusion

Skills Curriculum in schools

In its short life the outputs of the Welsh project have included an information literacy framework developed from the Scottish model and the ambitious targets for phase 2 include accredited units of learning in information literacy.

The project has its own website if you want to find out more.

Mark Hughes, Head of Collections at Swansea University, followed this  with a fascinating overview of shared services initiatives taking place in Wales including

South West Wales Higher Education Partnership

Cat Cymru

Ask Cymru

some of which also mirror developments and initiatives in Scotland.

You can learn more about shared service developments in Scotland and in Wales at the CILIPS Seminar taking place on 25th May in Dundee when Alyson Tyler will be speaking on this topic and CILIPS  Annual Conference in Glasgow on 7th and 8th June when Linda Tomos, Head of CYMAL will discuss the cross sectoral library framework initiative.

For me, the collaboration and partnership initiatives were the highlight of a really well organised and well attended Conference which I enjoyed very much.

Diolch yn fawr to @minimorticia and the  team in Wales for coordinating a very informative event and making all delegates feel very welcome and included.

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