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Former Chief executive of the National Library of Wales awarded Honorary Fellowship


12.07.2019

An Honorary Fellowship of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David was presented today (Friday July 12) to the former Chief executive of the National Library of Wales, Linda Tomos.

Linda Tomos

Linda became Chief Executive and National Librarian in 2015 and steered the organisation through this period with vision, clarity and integrity.  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 the first female National Librarian, she was recently nominated by the Women’s Equality Network as one of 100 Welsh women who have made a big impact on Welsh life, and one who has inspired the current shape of Wales.

On receiving today’s award Linda Tomos commented:

“It’s a privilege for me to accept this fellowship.  I’m deeply grateful for this honour and I do consider it a great honour.  The University is really important to me in my career because it gave me the building blocks to make that career which as you’ve heard today has been varied. 

I’m also very grateful to everybody I’ve worked with.  It’s nearly 50 years since I sat where you’re sitting now and so much has changed in my profession during that time.  The inspirational words of the Vice Chancellor about values is really important– the values of tolerance, integrity, listening to other people and taking their point of view as well as your own.  I hope that those values will serve you well in your career and I hope that I’ve stayed true to them during mine, which again, are values that I learnt at the University.”

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, UWTSD Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, presented her to the congregation.  He said:

“Through the leadership and vision of Linda Tomos, the National Library has secured its place as one of the most important cornerstones of our developing nation, post-devolution. By presenting their rich history and heritage to their people and by providing them with digital and physical access to such treasures, the National Library plays a vital role in creating a nation that is knowledgeable and has dignity, self-respect and a quiet confidence.

The Wales of today, the Wales of tomorrow, needs strong national institutions. Throughout her career, within the higher education sector, the civil service and as National Librarian, Linda Tomos has supported with great tenacity and diligence the process of nation building.

Serving Wales has always been at the heart personal mission. Serving Wales by word and deed. It is therefore very pleasing that the University of Wales Trinity Saint David - an organisation where serving Wales is at the heart of its existence - is also given an opportunity to honour Linda today and, therefore, having the opportunity to acknowledge Linda’s very impressive contribution to her occupation and nation.”

As the first Director of CyMAL (now MALD) she contributed hugely to the development of university libraries within Wales, including UWTSD, by safeguarding the sector voice at the highest level. She continued with this collaborative approach in her role as National Librarian by continuing to support The Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF).   

She is also a member of the British Library Advisory Council and Chair of the National Trust Advisory Board for Wales.

 

Further Information

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