5 Minute Interview: Sian Lloyd Evans

29 07 2009

SianWho are you?
My name is Sian Lloyd Evans

Where do you work and what do you do?

I’m e-Editor at The National Library of Wales, in Aberystwyth.

What are your main areas of interest?
We’ve just published our new Web Strategy at the National Library, so our main interest at the moment is looking at developing the Library’s presence in the web 2.0 world, and developing the Library’s websites to include more innovative and interactive aspects, building on the framework we have in place.

Are you working on anything exciting at the moment?
Our latest project at the Library has been to join Flickr Commons. We released 100 images from our P B Abery collection on the Commons, and have had a great response. We’re hoping to add 10 images each month to build our collection on the Commons. If you’d like to see our images visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/llgc/ we’d be glad to see you there.

Looking to the future, we’re really excited to start implementing our new strategy. The Library invested in a Senior Research Officer (Web 2.0) for six months to look at current developments in the field and how the library could use these, and these findings have been incorporated in our strategy. For example we’re hoping to develop relevant blogs to share information in a less formal way, we’re hoping to support a discussion across the web using backlinks, trackbacks and hashtags to draw everything together and we’re hoping to build on the existing external points of presence we have e.g. Wikipedia, YouTube, Flickr and Facebook.

It’s a very exciting time for us at the Library, and we would be very glad to here from you if you have any questions, or any thoughts or experiences you’d like to share with us. You can contact me at sian.lloyd.evans@llgc.org.uk

Have you been to IWMW before?
I haven’t been to IWMW before, but I’m very much looking forward to my first visit.

What are you hoping to get out of the event?
I’m hoping to learn a lot from the sessions, but also to meet other people in the same field, and hopefully learn from their experiences and knowledge, and of course also share information about what we’re doing at the National Library of Wales.

What are your best bits so far?
I enjoyed Paul Boag’s talk. It was geared towrds HE but the themes were the same as for us at the National Library of Wales. Brian Kelly’s session yesterday was good too. We have a new Web 2.0 strategy so it’s haelpful to hear what everyone else is doing. Yesterday’s dinner was good fun. We got to meet some people from Aberystwyth University, just down the road, which was really great.

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