Dr Dafydd Tudur began his career supporting cultural heritage organisations throughout Wales to digitise their collections and make them accessible online. He later led the formation of the National Library of Wales's (NLW) policy on open access and the Library's successful collaboration with Wikimedia. Dafydd has been Head of Digital Access at NLW since 2015, and he leads the content and community engagement strands of the People's Collection Wales programme. This year, he has also been the lead for NLW’s contribution to the Europeana Rise of Literacy project and is now a member of the Impact Taskforce.
Europeana, Wales Millennium Centre and People’s Collection Wales are inviting communities from Cardiff and beyond to share their personal migration stories - and objects such as pictures, diaries, videos and letters - to our migration collection.
In our ‘Professionals in Focus’ series, we speak to our Councillors about their roles, working lives and plans for their time on the Members Council. This month Dafydd Tudur, Head of Access and Public Programmes at The National Library of Wales, discusses the importance of understanding users, change at the Library and getting involved in Europeana initiatives.
Libraries have been cultural hubs for centuries, but with the shift toward digital publishing, the conversation has shifted to their relevance, or assertions of their waning relevance, in a digital age. However, according to Elen Haf Jones from the National Library of Wales, while the library has evolved, it holds its place as a ‘valued cultural institution that serves as the memory of a nation’.
Since our Impact Playbook was launched in October 2017 it has been downloaded over 1,500 times by cultural heritage professionals. Dafydd Tudur, Head of Digital Access at the National Library of Wales tells us about his experience using the Playbook: