Estyn Allan wins Welsh Library Team of the Year Award

Estyn Allan wins Welsh Library Team of the Year Award

The Estyn Allan training and development programme has won the Welsh Library Team of the Year Award, run by CILIP Cymru Wales. 

Estyn Allan went live in January 2021, funded by a Welsh government grant of £169,950, secured by the Society of Chief Librarians in Wales. It develops staff skills, knowledge, and confidence in delivering bilingual digital activities in libraries across Wales, and has already seen impressive take up from across 22 public libraries with 33 trainees. Teams learnt how to interview, film, record and edit interviews with authors, and hosted a variety of live events, rhyme-times and reading groups.

They also made four short films that were used in schools to promote the Summer Reading Challenge, the first time there had been a Wales-specific national promotion of the event.

Joint second place was awarded to further education college Coleg Sir Gâr's library service and the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Library & Learning Technology Service, and third place to the Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum's equality, diversity and inclusion group.

The award was presented by Rebecca Evans, minister for finance and local government, at the CILIP Cymru Wales’ open day and annual general meting on 4th November. She said: “The Estyn Allan training programme is an excellent example of how libraries right across Wales can work together to improve services. It developed staff skills, knowledge and confidence in delivering bilingual digital activities and promoting library offers and services. There were a high number of excellent nominations and I want to say a big thank you to everyone in our libraries who are working so hard to deliver such vital public services."