Welcome to South West Wales SLA

what we do

Dyn ni'n caru ein LlyfrgellThe South West Wales Branch of the School Library Association exists to provide support, training and events on a local basis for its members across the area of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, Powys and the western areas of Swansea. Committed to working towards effective school library provision for all schools, we aim to raise the profile of school libraries and their staff, sharing information, ideas and good practice through meetings, courses and events.

SUMMER meeting, agm and social

Join us for our Summer meeting and AGM, kindly hosted by Helen Muskett at Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, North Road, Whitland, SA34 0BD at 2.00 pm on Thursday 7 July 2016.

An informal sharing and planning of reading for pleasure activities, with ideas for transition, Carnegie and Greenaway shadowing, book awards and any other ideas for getting pupils reading for enjoyment you'd like to discuss.
Bring along your favourite recent reads too!
To continue our networking in relaxed surroundings, we're rounding off the day with a meal at The Roadhouse Restaurant, Abbey Road, Whitland, SA34 0LG at 6.00 pm

Please let Liz know if you're attending the meeting, AGM and/or the meal.

We'd love to see more of our members at our events and getting involved in the branch! Please do let us know what you'd like in terms of discussions and training for the coming year, and also get in touch  if you'd like to join the committee.

Non members are, of course, very welcome too - if you're not a member of the SLA yet and would like to see what goes on and what you're missing, get in touch for a chat and come along to our next meeting.


The second part of our 'double bill' of training treats was our Branch Training Course. The day's proceedings also included our 2015 AGM.

Information Literacy Skills that Empower

On: Tuesday 7 July 2015: 9.30am for 9.45am start

Venue: Morriston Comprehensive School, Heol Maes Eglwys, Morriston, Swansea, SA6 6NH

Course leader was Lin Smith, Independent trainer and Consultant, formerly Librarian at Ecclesbourne School, Derbyshire, and Immediate Past Chair of the SLA

Aims of the course:

To provide a springboard for delegates who want to develop information literacy in their schools

To look at what factors might be essential in meaningful information literacy lessons

To look at how librarians and teachers might work together to create effective learning tasks

Cost: £50 for members, or non-members who join the SLA on the day; £75 for non-members

On first in our 'double bill' of training treats...was

School Libraries: Making an Impact on Students' Learning through to Sixth Form and Beyond

Information literacy themed discussions and ideas sharing, plus an update on the Wales Information Literacy Project, changes to the Welsh Baccalaureate with Rhys Huws, Regional Support Officer, South Wales - West, for the Welsh Baccalaureate, and information about the wealth of resources available through the National Library of Wales, with Rhodri Morgan, Education Officer with the National Library of Wales. A huge thank you to both our speakers, who provided excellent insights and prompted interesting and productive discussions.

On: Thursday 7 May 2015: 9.45am for 10.15am start

Venue: Ysgol Penweddig, Fford Llanbadarn, Llangawsai, Aberystwyth, SY23 3QN

The day was free to members; non-members were welcome at a small charge of £10.

Download the programme.


We were delighted to welcome author Elen Caldecott as our guest speaker at our meeting and branch AGM on Thursday 19 June 2014 at 2.30 p.m at Swansea Central Library, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN.

Following Elen's talk, as well as our AGM, there was an opportunity to discuss the 2014 CILIP Carnegie / Greenaway Award shortlist and to explore the lovely Swansea Central Library.




Members enjoyed an interesting workshop sharing experiences of different online tools and how we are using them in school, at Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth (Drefach site), Llanelli, SA14 7AB from 1.30pm until 4.30pm on Thursday 3 April 2014.

This was followed by a social get-together and bite to eat at Wright's Food Emporium, Golden Grove Arms, Llanarthne, SA32 8JU [at]wrightsfood

The event made a great lead-in to I-Can with an iPad, Bev Humphrey's fantastic Regional Course in Newtown Library on Wednesday 21 May 2014. Bookings had to be in by 23 April 2014 to ensure your discount! See http://www.sla.org.uk/regional-course-details.php?mode=detail&i=71&rtn=training-calendar.php&rtntxt=Training%20Calendar for more details


What better day than National Libraries Day to announce the first winner of our bi-annual 'Interview with a Librarian' Competition!

Angela EvansAnd the 2014 winner is... Angela Evans, Librarian at Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth, Carmarthenshire! Many congratulations to Angela and to her pupil Celyn, who interviewed her.

Visit competition page for more information and a transcript of the interview!

Commenting on the entries, guest judge Nikki Heath, librarian at Werneth School, Stockport, and a past winner of the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award, said: "the fabulous interviews reflect the high quality of school librarians today and make it clear just how much we need librarians of this calibre to drive reading and the love of reading forward in such tough times."

Picture below right are Angela and Celyn receiving their winner's certificate and prizes at our 'Dip Your Toe in the Surf: Online Tools' workshop and social evening in April. Celyn chose £30 of WHSmith vouchers as her prize.



Nikki Heath in LlanelliWe welcomed Nikki Heath, SLA School Librarian of the Year 2008 and SLA Board member, to Llanelli on Friday 28th June. Nikki is currently the school librarian at Werneth School in Stockport. She has, she says, always been an avid reader and wanted to be a school librarian since she was 10 years old, and "whilst swiftly crumbling on the outside, still feels 10 on the inside!"

During the course, entitled Movers and Shakers, Nikki shared with us strategies they have used at Werneth to inspire their students and to encourage whole school enjoyment of reading, inspiring us in turn to consider ways in which we can build on our own strategies. She also gave an insight into the SLYA process and the impact it has had for her.

Llanelli lending library​The course also included the Branch AGM, a tour of the recently refurbished Llanelli Library, the official re-launch of this branch website, and news of an exciting new competition for school librarians and their students in the south west Wales area.