The theme of this year’s conference is:

WHELF Begins at 30

We would like to celebrate successful projects that have been delivered over the last 30 years and share reflections on how we’ve developed our services collaboratively over that time. As the popular phrase goes, life begins at 30, so let’s explore new opportunities and challenges we will have over the next 30 years of WHELF.

We would welcome presentations on any areas where you feel that working collaboratively with other libraries or librarians has helped you or led to success. What do you think have been the greatest achievements of collaborative work over the last three decades? We would also be keen to hear from you about any new areas where you feel that libraries should be working collaboratively to achieve better outcomes and drive best practice across the sector and beyond. As it’s a special anniversary please feel free to share personal memories, photographs and reminiscences on Gregynog’s past.

  • Presentations can be in three formats:
  • Poster presentations;
  • Lightning Talks – around 10 minutes with submissions particularly welcome from colleagues new to presenting or new to the profession;
  • Short papers or workshops – around 30 minutes including time for questions at the end.

WHELF Groups are also invited to submit presentations on recent developments or to introduce their work to the community in keeping with the theme.

Suppliers are also invited to submit applications for break-out room sessions or short papers (in conjunction with library staff).

You are welcome to livestream or pre-record your delivery. Guidance for presenters, including technical advice, will be provided soon.

If you would like to submit a proposal, please include the following information:

  • List of names of presenters, their roles and their institutional affiliation.
  • Title and a brief description of your paper.
  • Length and format of presentation.

Deadline for submissions: Friday 19th May 2023

Please e-mail submissions to: Gill Morris, WHELF Development Officer.

This WHELF event is being organised by Natural Resources Wales, Bangor University and Wrexham Glyndwr University.