WHELF Shared LMS announces chosen supplier

Welsh Universities, the National Library of Wales and the NHS Libraries in Wales select a shared Library Management System

We are pleased to announce that a consortium of Welsh Universities, including the National Library of Wales, and the Welsh NHS Libraries, have selected the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management system and the Ex Libris Primo unified resource discovery and delivery system to provide a new shared Library Management System for the sector.

Jayne Dowden, Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff University, signing the contract for the provision of the shared LMS by Ex Libris on behalf of the WHELF consortium

The WHELF (Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum) Consortium has decided on the Alma and Primo next-generation solutions following a rigorous selection and assessment process. The 10 Libraries are Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Swansea University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Glyndwr University, the National Library of Wales, Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, the University of South Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, plus the Welsh NHS Libraries represented through the AWHILES Consortium.

Aled Gruffydd Jones, Chief Executive of the National Library of Wales, and Chair of WHELF commented that: “all WHELF members expect to realise transformational benefits from our collaboration on a shared Library system, including the provision of a single bilingual search interface for Wales Higher Education and research, plus the potential for deeper collaboration around collection development and management”.

Members of the WHELF Consortium currently employ a variety of standalone Library Management Systems, and several different discovery systems. With the selection of Ex Libris as a single provider, the Consortium will deliver a single cloud-based next generation library system, delivered on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) basis.

Alma and Primo will provide unified resource management and discovery, and enable the WHELF members to adopt shared, streamlined workflows whilst expanding opportunities for collaboration across the Consortium.

Aled Gruffydd Jones
Chief Executive and Librarian, National Library of Wales

For further information, please contact:
Gareth Owen
Programme Manager
OwenG12@cardiff.ac.uk / 029 20874014

Datganiad i’r Wasg: Prifysgolion Cymru, Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru a Llyfrgelloedd GIG yng Nghymru yn dewis System Rheoli Llyfrgelloedd a rennir

Rydym yn falch o gyhoeddi bod consortiwm o Brifysgolion Cymru, gan gynnwys Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, a Llyfrgelloedd GIG Cymru, wedi dewis y system unedig rheoli adnoddau Ex Libris Alma, a system unedig ar gyfer darganfod a chyflwyno adnoddau Ex Libris Primo er mwyn darparu System Rheoli Llyfrgelloedd newydd a rennir ar gyfer y sector.

Mae Consortiwm WHELF (Fforwm Llyfrgelloedd Addysg Uwch Cymru ) wedi dewis systemau Alma a Primo, yn dilyn proses dewis ac asesu drwyadl. Y 10 llyfrgell yng nghonsortiwm WHELF yw Prifysgol Aberystwyth, Prifysgol Bangor, Prifysgol Abertawe, Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant, Prifysgol Glyndŵr, Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, Prifysgol Caerdydd, Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd, Prifysgol De Cymru a Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru a Llyfrgelloedd GIG Cymru drwy Gonsortiwm AWHILES .

Meddai Aled Gruffydd Jones, sef Prif Weithredwr Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru a Chadeirydd WHELF: “mae holl aelodau WHELF yn disgwyl gwireddu buddion trawsffurfiannol yn sgil ein cydweithredu ar system Llyfrgelloedd a rennir, gan gynnwys darparu rhyngwyneb dwyieithog unigol ar gyfer Addysg Uwch yng Nghymru ac ymchwil, yn ogystal â’r potensial ar gyfer cydweithio mwy dwys o ran datblygu a rheoli casgliadau ”.

Ar hyn o bryd, mae aelodau Consortiwm WHELF yn defnyddio amrywiaeth o Systemau Rheoli Llyfrgelloedd unigol, a nifer o systemau darganfod gwahanol. Wrth ddewis Ex Libris fel darparwr unigol, bydd y Consortiwm yn darparu system llyfrgell unigol seiliedig ar gwmwl, y genhedlaeth nesaf, wedi’i chyflwyno ar sail meddalwedd fel gwasanaeth (SaaS).

Bydd Alma a Primo yn darparu system unedig ar gyfer rheoli a darganfod adnoddau, ac yn galluogi aelodau WHELF i fabwysiadau llifoedd gwaith a rennir, wedi’u symleiddio, wrth ehangu cyfleoedd ar gyfer cydweithio ar draws y Consortiwm.

Aled Gruffydd Jones
Prif Weithredwr a Llyfrgellydd, Llyfrgell Genedalethol Cymru

Am fwy o wybodaeth, cysylltwch â:
Gareth Owen
Rheolwr Rhaglen
System Rheoli Llyfrgell a Rennir WHELF (LMS)
OwenG12@cardiff.ac.uk / 029 20874014


“Lost ” Dylan Thomas notebook acquired by Swansea University

Swansea University has today (Tuesday December 9th) successfully ensured that a recently rediscovered Dylan Thomas notebook will remain in Wales and be accessible to scholars.

The University successfully bid £85,000 at an auction in Sotheby’s for the notebook, which lay forgotten in a drawer for decades before recently coming to light. It is one of five notebooks used by Dylan Thomas – the other four are in the State University of New York at Buffalo. Professor John Goodby, international Dylan Thomas expert and editor of the centenary edition of his poems, described it as “the holy grail of Thomas scholars” and the most exciting discovery since the poet’s death in 1953.

Jeff Towns, Chair of the Dylan Thomas Society and owner of Dylan’s Bookstore, who bid at the auction on behalf of the University, said: “I cannot conceive of anything more fitting and purposeful to bring what has been a vibrant year-long celebration of a great writer’s Centenary to a close. If anybody had suggested such a thing last January I would have said impossible on so many counts. To bring this lost notebook – so telling and poignant – back to Swansea; to keep it in Wales for future generations is a huge achievement and I am overwhelmed to have been a small part of it.”

The notebook will be kept in the University’s Richard Burton Archives, which already house Burton’s  diaries and other papers, bequeathed to the University by his widow Sally, and other important items including the papers of academic and writer Raymond Williams, and the South Wales Coalfield Collection. The archives are open to all by appointment.

Professor Iwan Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University, said: “As the University in the poet’s birthplace, and sponsor of the International Dylan Thomas Prize, it is fitting that we have been able to ensure that this notebook stays in Wales and is accessible to scholars. The notebook will be a wonderful addition to our already extensive and important archive collection.”

Story via Swansea University

“Universities Wales” showcase of research projects

Today’s global society faces a raft of challenges – to our people, to our economy, and to our environment. Research at Wales’ universities has led to many groundbreaking discoveries and developments that have helped transform both society and the economy; including Nobel Laureates and life sciences research, impressive work in the fields of environmental protection, and innovative advances in materials research and testing. In research terms, Wales has the potential to lead the world. Universities in Wales are part of a world-leading UK science base, which is second only to the United States of America for its share of global citations, along with being a world leader in terms of its research citations per unit of spend.

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Universities Wales is showcasing a range of research case studies which demonstrate the depth and breadth of the work being carried out by our universities, the significant impact that this is having internationally and commercially, and the talented people who are involved. These include: how to improve the detection of abnormal blood clotting; how to safely dispose of high level nuclear waste; how sport can improve mutual respect and understanding; how computers can be used to reduce preventable deaths in the health service; how to improve the quality of our bathing waters; how to diversify the use of the Welsh language in the modern age; how news coverage can be improved in a devolved UK; and how to reduce costs to our health service.

The case studies….are organised both thematically and by university. Each case study provides a snapshot of the research, and a link through to the university’s website for more information”.

Please go to http://www.uniswales.ac.uk/research-wales/ for further information.


RLUK and OCLC partner for shared collection management and visibility goal

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SHEFFIELD, UK, 14 November, 2014—OCLC and Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a consortium of the largest research organisations in the UK and Ireland, today announced an expanded partnership that will help RLUK achieve key strategic objectives for shared collection management and resource discovery.

Building on existing OCLC cataloguing arrangements, the new agreement offers RLUK members the opportunity to load their bibliographic metadata into WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library holdings and services. This data will then be used to facilitate better understanding and visibility of these resources for both RLUK as a group, and for individual members of the consortium.

“Our membership is made up of some of the world’s leading research institutions with unique resources,” said Stella Butler, RLUK Chair. “Using a unique, global library resource like WorldCat is a perfect fit for RLUK. We will have a much more precise understanding of our collective assets, and where we can act to deliver better research impact and more effective management for their collections.”

Loading the bibliographic data of RLUK library collections into WorldCat will enable analysis and streamlined collection management across the group. “For many of our members this will allow them to free up space and time to concentrate on the many other priorities of research libraries, and also develop a more acute sense of individual collection strength and uniqueness amongst our group,” said John MacColl, RLUK Vice Chair.

In addition, OCLC’s partnerships with the world’s search engines will result in greater exposure, impact and access of these research resources online.

“OCLC is delighted to broaden our participation with RLUK,” said Eric van Lubeek, Vice-President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA and APAC. “Collaborative collection management is central to the work of OCLC. RLUK libraries will find greater efficiencies in collection management and increased visibility through WorldCat.”

RLUK will also have access to a variety of services available through the OCLC WorldShare Platform, the open, cloud-based infrastructure that supports integration of applications from OCLC and other library service providers.

Cardiff University and the National Library of Wales are members of this group.

[Press release courtesy of OCLC]

WHELF quarterly meeting news update.

WHELF met at Gregynog Hall for their October residential meeting.

Present: Sue Hodges (Acting Chair) Bangor; Emma Adamson, Cardiff Metropolitan; Andrew Dalgliesh, University of South Wales; Ann Davies, OU; Alison Harding, UWTSD: Carmarthen & Lampeter; Julie Hart, Aberystwyth; Anne Harvey, UWTSD, Swansea; Mark Hughes, Swansea; Avril Jones ,NLW (on behalf of Aled Gruffydd Jones) ; Mark Lester; University of Wales; Janet Peters, Cardiff; Nicola Watkinson, Glyndwr (on behalf of Paul Jeorett); Rachael Whitfield, WHELF Development Officer, Steve Williams, Swansea.

WHELF Action Plan –progress report

The Strategic Aim Leads and support utilised the first session of the meeting on Thursday to to discuss and update the WHELF Action Plan for 2014-15. WHELF agreed that the Strategic Aims set during 2013-14 remained our focus for the Action Plan for the forthcoming year. These Strategic Aims are:

  • Aim 1: Student Experience
  • Aim 2: Research and Enterprise
  • Aim 3: International and globalised University
  • Aim 4: Workforce Development

The WHELF Action Plan for 2014-15 is currently being finalised and will be circulated and made available via the WHELF website (www.whelf.ac.uk).

WHELF Shared LMS Project

Underpinning and linking into these Strategic Aims is the WHELF Shared Library Management System Project. The project is lead by the WHELF Shared LMS Project Manager with support from the WHELF Shared LMS Working Group and WHELF Shared LMS Steering Group. The WHELF Shared LMS project will procure and implement 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 bilingual library management system. The project will deliver financial benefits to all participating institutions through the cost savings of shared procurement and non-financial benefits through an improved user experience, collaboration and sharing of experience and resources. The project has made excellent progress this year thanks to the enthusiasm, commitment and hard work of the Project Manager and the Working Group.

Friday morning at Gregynog was allocated to the WHELF Shared LMS Steering Group meeting to review the drafted contract and terms and conditions. This was followed by a workshop session to roadmap and envisage the longer term possible opportunities for collaboration and sharing once all institutions are migrated to the new system.

WHELF is looking forward to being able to announce imminently the chosen supplier for its shared LMS and the implementation stage will then commence.


WHELF regrets to hear of the loss of the SWETS service due to bankruptcy.

Digital Preservation Coalition

WHELF been contacted by the Digital Preservation Coalition to ask if they would like to join as associate members and WHELF discussed whether this would be a viable option for them. The National Library of Wales has full membership of the DPC and Aberystwyth University and the Open University are associate members. WHELF will invite a reprsentative of the DPC to attend their next meeting to find out more about the role and function of the DPC and how WHELF can collaborate with this group.

Updates from WHELF Sub-groups and External Groups

As a collaborative working group WHELF values the opportunity to meet together and enable the sharing of information and ideas via the various networks where WHELF members have representation. We received updates at the meeting via WHELF Reps from the SCONUL Executive Board, SCONUL User Experience Group and the SCONUL Strategy Groups. We also received reports from the CyMAL Libraries Inspire Advisory Group, Cilip Cymru/Wales and a round up of news and views from all WHELF institutions.

The WHELF sub-groups: Archives & Special Collections, Copyright, ALIS (Accessible Libraries and Information Services Wales) and WHISD (WHELF/HEWIT staff training and development) provided WHELF at the meeting with updates from their recent meetings and areas of current activity as directed by the WHELF Action Plan. The WHEEL sub-group continues to be highly productive, renewing deals and securing new opportunities to jointly procure electronic resources for WHELF institutions including Oxford University Press, Sage, and Cengage.

WHELF news

Thanks were expressed to Mark Lester for attending to represent the University of Wales at WHELF meetings over this year. Bronwen Blatchford will be returning in January 2015.

We welcomed the attendance at Gregynog of Steve Williams (Deputy Director ISS, Swansea University) and his input and support to the WHELF Action Plan for 2014-15.

For further information please contact:

Rachael Whitfield (WHELF Development Officer)


www.whelf.ac.uk @WHELFed

Libraries: “vital role” in Wales says review

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An excellent summary by Alyson Tyler, of the recently published review of Welsh public libraries.

Originally posted on Alyson's Welsh libraries blog:

Members of the panel with the deputy minister

Members of the panel presenting the deputy minister with their review. From left: Prof. Hywel Roberts, library adviser; Clare Creaser, Loughborough University and Chair of the Expert Panel; Peter Gomer, Welsh Local Government Association representative; Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport; Steve Davies, Cardiff University.

“Public libraries will continue to play a vital role in the ongoing delivery of local and national priorities such as social inclusion, lifelong learning, literacy, digital inclusion, health and wellbeing and community cohesion.” (Paragraph 198) 

An independent expert panel, appointed by the previous minister responsible for libraries in Wales, has just published its review of Welsh public libraries today (Wed 22nd October 2014). The report is available online in English and Welsh and the Welsh Government press release is available on its website (includes quotes from the deputy minister). The press release says: “Speaking at the WLGA Library Seminar, organised…

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Open Access Week Events / Digwyddiad Wythnos Mynediad Agored: 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 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.

Further information regarding open access week can be accessed here.