The WHELF Shared LMS project is entering the final stage of the tender process, with the top 3 ranking suppliers from the ITT stage to be evaluated through reference site visits and supplier presentations over the course of the summer. The supplier ranking in first place on completion of this stage of the tender process will be recommended to the WHELF Shared LMS Working Group to be awarded the contract.

The WHELF Shared LMS project was established to procure, as part of a consortium of institutions including all higher education institutions in Wales, the National Library of Wales and the NHS libraries in Wales, a cloud hosted next generation library management system.

The participating consortium institutions are:

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Bangor University
  • Cardiff University (and NHS Libraries in Wales)
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Glyndwr University
  • National Library of Wales
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Swansea University
  • University of South Wales
  • University of Wales Trinity St David

It is anticipated that the WHELF Shared LMS will bring benefits to participating institutions. These benefits are financial and non-financial.


  1. The project is expected to deliver cost savings, through:
  • Sharing the cost of the EU procurement (e.g. programme manager post is funded by a grant from Welsh Government and contributions from all consortium partners)
  • Suppliers have indicated that there will be a discount for buying a system as part of a consortium
  • Reduced hardware costs through operating a cloud hosted system
  • Long-term potential to share collection development and services


  1. The project is expected to deliver improved user experience, through:
  • Potential to search across collections of participating institutions in Wales from a single point of entry
  • Fewer system outages from using a more resilient cloud-hosted system
  • Improved workflows leading to service improvements
  • Enabling opportunities for further collaboration through use of the shared system, which could include
    • reciprocal arrangements for borrowing and licence management
    • shared management information and real-time analytics leading to improved service delivery

Gregynog Colloquium 2014 presentations

The presentations and recordings from the Gregynog Colloquium 2014 (10th-13th June 2014) are now available from the Gregynog website: http://www.gregynog-lis.org/presentations-2014/

If you were an attendee at the Colloquium and have not yet given your feedback you can do so by following the links here:



New book release “In the Chair” by Andrew Green

A practical guide to chairing meetings “In the Chair” by Andrew Green has just been published as an e-book via ParthianIn the Chair.jpg.

The book is of particular relevance to the Welsh audience as it includes a section on  “how to manage bilingual and multilingual meetings. And… some advice on a particularly difficult task, chairing remote meetings: teleconferences and videoconferences.”

Further details about this new book can be found on Andrew’s blog http://gwallter.com/books/in-the-chair.html

Fancy being a student again?

Originally posted on Alyson's Welsh libraries blog:

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Are you working in a Welsh library service and looking to improve your qualifications? You may be eligible for a workforce development bursary to help you improve your skills. Bursaries are available for vocational qualifications (Level 2, the old ‘NVQ’) up to Level 7 (Masters) and include the Foundation Degree and its conversion to a BSc and the PDA in ICTL (Professional Development Award in ICT in Libraries). Or you may be thinking about a leadership qualification.

More information about the workforce bursaries is available on the CyMAL grant webpage – read the workforce development document. Information about course providers is in the document, but in Wales we are very fortunate to have three excellent institutions offering a range of appropriate qualifications: Coleg Llandrillo (under Grwp Llandrillo Menai), Glyndwr University, and Aberystwyth University. (Other course providers in the UK may also be…

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RCUK launches call for evidence in Open Access Review

From RCUK: Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today, 17 July 2014, launched the call for evidence for the 2014 review of the implementation of the RCUK policy on Open Access.

The independent review focuses on implementation of the RCUK Open Access policy to try and understand the effectiveness of the policy and its impact on universities, research organisations, researchers and publishers, amongst others.

Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Chair of the Independent Review Panel, commented: “This is an open call and the review panel will be interested to hear from individuals, institutions and organisations alike where there is evidence of how the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access is having an impact. Although we recognise that this review is taking place early in the policy’s implementation period, it is a good opportunity to take stock and we hope that as much evidence as possible is put forward to the review.”

Further details on the call can be found on the RCUK Website. The deadline for submissions is 12th September 2014.

It is expected that the panel will report their interim findings to RCUK Executive Group by the end of 2014 with a full report expected in the first part of 2015.

An Claidheamh Soluis : Cardiff Free Library and the Irish revival

Originally posted on Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR) Casgliadau Arbennig ac Archifau:


Among publications which were in the old Cardiff Free Library and have come to light recently are several original issues of An Claidheamh Soluis (“The sword of light”), the weekly newspaper of the Gaelic League. It was established in 1899, and had some distinguished editors – Eoin Mac Neill and Padraig Pearse being the first. Our copies come from the years 1912-1913, so they immediately predate some important years in both Irish and European history.  Many of the contributors and the people who feature in the newspaper went on to take part in the Easter Rising of 1916 and the subsequent events.

Most of the text is in Irish, with some articles and most of the advertisements being in English, and although the copies have suffered a little from the passage of time  they are still mostly in good condition. The newspaper was printed on good quality paper for its time, and is…

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Repository and Research Support seminar, Swansea University 21st July 2014

To book your place at this event, please email Rebecca r.kelleher@swansea.ac.uk  Please note that some places are still available.


Time Topic Speaker
9:30-10:00 Arrival/ tea and coffee  
10:00-10:15 Welcome and introduction to the day Steve Williams, Swansea University
10:15-10:55 Welsh Repository Network, WWI Project, What Next?


Lorna Hughes and Jake Henry, National Library of Wales
10:55-11:35 Digital Heritage


Glen Robson, National Library of Wales & Sian Williams, Swansea University
11:35 – 11:45 Tea/coffee  
11:45-12:30 The Role of Repositories,

followed by a discussion


Andrew Prescott, King’s College London
12:30-13:15 Lunch  
13:15-13:35 REF and Open Access Steve Williams, Swansea University
13:35-14:05 Research Data Amy Staniforth, Aberystwyth University
14:05-14:35 Bibliometrics for repositories and the REF Kate Bradbury, Cardiff University
14:35-14:50 ORCID Alex Roberts and Rebecca Kelleher, Swansea University
14:50-15:05 Tea/coffee  
15:05-15:50 Panel Discussion

Pulling together issues arising from the morning and afternoon sessions

15:50-16:00 Conclusion Steve Williams, Swansea University