Event: Digital and Information Literacies and the Researcher @ Cardiff Uni 28-11-14

Venue: Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University, Cathays Park, Cardiff, 10.00– 16.00, Friday November 28th 2014.

We are pleased to invite you to attend this event organised by librarians from Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF) and the Great Western 4 libraries. This will be an ideal opportunity to share ideas and expertise on the theme of research support with colleagues from across Wales, the South-West and further afield.

The keynote speaker will be the distinguished IL researcher and practitioner Moira Bent from Newcastle University. Moira is a National Teaching Fellow and is co-author of the SCONUL 7 Pillars and the research lens for HE. She is also co-author of numerous articles and monographs in the field of research support including ‘Providing Effective Library Services for Research’ (Facet 2007).

Other speakers include Kate Bradbury (Cardiff University) on supporting the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Sam Oakley & Claire Boucher who will discuss innovative research support initiatives at Swansea University.

The day will also feature a lively TeachMeet covering an array of topics relating to assisting researchers acquire knowledge and skills in fields such as social media, data management and open access publishing.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an informative and enjoyable day. You can book your place by contacting Caroline Huxtable (Caroline.M.Huxtable@exeter.ac.uk). Places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first -come first-served’ basis.


Nigel Morgan


Research Libraries UK new Strategy document 2014-17

Research Libraries UK has launched a new strategy for 2014-17 entitled Powering Scholarship. The Strategy focuses on 5 major areas:

1. A Collective Approach: Re-shaping the modern research library
A Collective Approach: Re-shaping the modern research library collection
• Work towards a shared approach to the management of print, manuscript and
archive collections across RLUK
• Campaign for an ethical and effective market for subscribed and purchased
• Coordinate and rationalise digital collections across RLUK
2. Open Scholarship: Creating a new environment for the communication of research outputs
• Promote innovative models for open access journals, monographs and textbooks
• Explore new forms of scholarly communication
• Encourage innovation in research data management (RDM)
3. Nothing Hidden, Nothing Lost: Exposing and exploiting our collections
• Uncover hidden collections
• Develop and support services to facilitate seamless and frictionless resource
• Encourage greater engagement of RLUK libraries in the wider cultural landscape
4. Mapping a changing research landscape: the role of libraries in research and researcher training
• Map trends in research processes and researcher behaviour
• Identify key areas where libraries can add value
• Promote the role of libraries to contribute more actively to research training
5. A Creative Community: Nurturing leadership, innovation and skills throughout our libraries
• Provide thought leadership through debate and discussion, promoting ‘bestpractice’,
creative thinking and innovation in all aspects of research library activity
• Engage RLUK members in measuring and demonstrating the value of their libraries
• Nurture new skills and competences within member libraries”

The full report can be accessed from the RLUK website

The National Library of Wales and Cardiff University Information Services are both members of RLUK

HEW relaunches itself as Universities Wales

From 22 September 2014 Higher Education Wales (HEW) is re-launching as ‘Universities Wales’. The purpose of the new name is to help make it clear that they represent universities in Wales rather than higher education in a more general sense. The name also signals a new focus in their work – both at home and abroad – raising awareness of the ground-breaking work taking place at campuses across the country, and the vital contribution the sector makes to the nation’s economy and future prosperity.

Further information about changes to the website address and staff contact details can be found on the Universities Wales website

Aberystwyth & Bangor open access events

Digwyddiad Wythnos Mynediad Agored: Prifysgolion ABERYSTWYTH a BANGOR

Bydd y siaradwyr gwadd yn y ddau ddigwyddiad yn cynnwys:

  • Ben Johnson o HEFCE a fydd yn siarad am y gofynion REF ar gyfer Mynediad Agored
  • Roger Tritton o JISC Collections a fydd yn siarad am eu gwaith yn archwilio modelau busnes potensial ar gyfer monograffau mynediad agored i’r dyniaethau a’r gwyddorau cymdeithasol
  • Dr Nicola Stead, Golygydd Cyswllt, PLOS One, rhan o Public Library of Sciences (PLOS)
  • Eva-Maria Scheer, Uwch Reolwr Gwerthiant Mynediad Agored Wiley
  • Daniel Wilkinson, Swyddog Gwerthiant BioMed Central


Dydd Iau, 23 Hydref. 12-4pm. Prifysgol Bangor. I archebu lle cysylltwch â


Dydd Iau 23ain Hydref. 12-4pm. Prifysgol Bangor. I archebu lle cysylltwch â c.a.roberts@bangor.ac.uk <mailto:c.a.roberts@bangor.ac.uk>

Dydd Gwener 24ain Hydref. 09:30-13:00. Prifysgol Aberystwyth. I archebu lle cysylltwch â openaccess@aber.ac.uk
Mae’r rhain yn ddigwyddiadau rhad ac am ddim. Bydd manylion pellach yn cael eu hanfon atoch ar gadarnhad o’ch archeb.



Guest Speakers who will be attending both events include:

  • Ben Johnson from HEFCE who will talk about REF requirements for Open Access
  • Roger Tritton from JISC Collections who will talk about their work in exploring potential business models for humanities and social sciences (HSS) open access monographs
  • Dr Nicola Stead, Associate Editor, PLOS ONE at Public Library of Sciences (PLOS)
  • Eva-Maria Scheer, Open Access Senior Sales Manager at Wiley
  • Daniel Wilkinson, Sales Executive at BioMed Central


Thursday 23rd October.  12-4pm. Bangor University. To book a place please contact c.a.roberts@bangor.ac.uk

Friday 24th October.  9:30am-1pm.  Aberystwyth University.  To book a place please contact openaccess@aber.ac.uk

These are free events.  Further details will be sent to you on confirmation of booking

HEFCE/HEFCW new project to analyse REF case studies

News of a HEFCE/HEFCW commissioned project to analyse the impact of research:

“The objectives of this work are to:

  • Make the impact case studies freely available in a form and format that will enable any researcher to carry out analysis, using a range of techniques and methods including automated text-mining. We envisage that this will be achieved through an online database of case studies.
  • Carry out a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the impact case studies, to extract common themes and messages that will form evidence of the broad impact of higher education research on wider society.

The results of the project will be published in spring 2015.”

Full article can be seen here: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/newsarchive/2014/news88461.html


WHELF survey of library access schemes

WHELF recently carried out a survey to audit library reciprocal access schemes in Wales. The survey was run as part of Strategic Aim 1 of the WHELF Action Plan: Student Experience to assess whether WHELF was meeting its objective to develop partnership access schemes in order to further the student experience and to ascertain what areas need further development in this area. A 10 question survey via SurveyMonkey was distributed and responses were received from eight institutions: Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, National Library of Wales, Swansea University, University of South Wales and UWTSD.

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The survey results revealed that the most widely used access scheme in Wales is Sconul Access with regional schemes such as Libraries Together and Linc y Gogledd also very popular. Walk in Access Wales, a recent WHELF project that allows the general public to access electronic resources at participating institutions was also widely used. The largest user group of these schemes are postgraduate students at 87.5%. The general public and undergraduates were in joint second place.

All respondents felt that the library access schemes were of benefit to their institution and their users/members. Additional benefits from the schemes included fulfilling gaps in providing service/resource provision to users along with offering greater choice to staff and students not just in terms of providing access to materials but also offering choice in terms of study environments. The SCONUL Access scheme was seen to add value through offering equity and fairness of provision across institutions. Access schemes were also seen as a useful promotional tool for the University providing benefits to the immediate local community through offering bespoke schemes and regional access schemes such as Libraries Together and Linc Y Gogledd are connecting sectors (HE/FE/public libraries) and areas together by offering a service that covers a wide geographical region.

So, where next? The survey provided WHELF with some useful feedback on developing library access scheme provision including:

  • the need to provide better signposting to the access schemes through making the membership offer more coherent for users e.g. outlining what’s available where;
  • the need for WHELF members take a more ‘joined-up approach’ to provision of access schemes and any address gaps in provision for undergraduates;
  • to provide clearer guidance on schemes e.g. through the provision of a single information portal via the WHELF blog;
  • address gaps in provision for access to e-resources;
  • map the current schemes to see where the gaps are particularly in terms of reciprocal borrowing.
  • better targeting/promotion of the existing schemes;
  • finding an appropriate access scheme for the NLW to join

In order to address these issues a WHELF working group will be meeting in September. Progress will be reported on via the WHELF website.

A pdf document outlining the current library access schemes and which institutions are members of those schemes can be accessed here.

WHELF meeting minutes summary

WHELF (Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum) meeting July 15th 2014: summary of minutes

WHELF met via videoconference between Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Wrexham.

Present: Aled Gruffydd Jones (Chair), NLW; Emma Adamson, Cardiff Metropolitan; Judith Agus, RWCMD; Ann Cross, University of South Wales; Ann Davies, OU; Alison Harding, UWTSD: Carmarthen & Lampeter; Julie Hart, Aberystwyth; Anne Harvey, UWTSD: Swansea,; Mark Hughes, Swansea; Paul Jeorrett, Glyndŵr; Mark Lester, Uof W; Janet Peters, Cardiff; Rachael Whitfield, WHELF Development Officer.

Along with regular standing WHELF agenda items (i.e. the WHELF Action Plan, updates from WHELF sub-groups, information sharing via members’ attendance at conferences, meetings and Sconul groups) WHELF discussed the following topics:

Consultation on the 2014-2020 Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme

WHELF has drafted a response to this Welsh Government consultation. A few additions/amendments to the draft document were suggested by the group including working to resolve IP (Intellectual Property) issues when universities and SMEs or other commercial organisations wish to work in partnership and developing a single research repository themed around Celtic connections. The information regarding the WHELF Shared LMS project should also be elaborated on to mention that it could potentially be a model for other countries. The potential for WHELF to collaborate with CONUL on the programme was also raised, the WHELF Development Officer will contact CONUL to raise awareness that WHELF is responding to this consultation and invite a member of CONUL to attend a future WHELF meeting.

The WHELF Archives &Special Collections sub-group have also been contacted to ask for their response on the Priority Axis 3 Natural and Cultural Resources Heritage.

The final draft response will be circulated to WHELF Reps for agreement prior to submission on 30th July 2014.

WHELF Survey of access schemes in Wales

As part of the WHELF Action Plan, a survey had been prepared and circulated to WHELF members. There had been 8 respondents and the feedback very useful. Ways to use the results were discussed including preparing a report for the WHELF blog and publicising the results in this year’s annual report.

Rationalising the range of schemes on offer was discussed including whether the schemes should be condensed into a WHELF access scheme to replace or reduce the number of schemes available and a small working group of WHELF Reps and will now meet to discuss the various existing schemes and map to see where the gaps are, particularly in terms of reciprocal borrowing.

Retirement of Judith Agus

This was the last meeting for Judith Agus (Librarian, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) as she will be retiring at the end of the summer. We bid farewell and many thanks to Judith for her support of WHELF over the years and wished her well in her retirement.

Date of next meeting

9th & 10th October 2014 at Gregynog


The main WHELF meeting was followed by a meeting of the WHELF Shared LMS Steering Group with an update from Gareth Owen (WHELF Shared LMS Project Manager). 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

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.

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