Open & online: Wales, higher education and emerging modes of learning

A new report has recently been published by the Welsh Government investigating the theme of “Open & online: Wales, higher education and emerging modes of learning”

“Recent years have seen an explosion of interest around the world in new
modes of student learning based on the emergence of digital teaching and
learning resources freely available to all on the internet. These include what
have been termed ‘open educational resources’ (OERs) and ‘massive open
online courses’ (MOOCs).
In February 2013 Leighton Andrews AM, then Minister for Education and
Skills in the Welsh Government, set up an Online Digital Learning Working
Group ‘to examine the potential for online digital learning and how the
Welsh Government can support the higher education sector in this growing
field’. [The] report offers the conclusions of the Working Group’s investigations
and makes a number of recommendations to the current Minister, Huw Lewis
AM, and to higher education institutions in Wales.” (Foreword, pg. 4).

The full report can be accessed here.

CILIP Cymru/Wales Annual Conference 2014: Booking now open

Originally posted on WHELF:

Booking is now open for the the CILIP Cymru/Wales Annual Conference Thursday 15th-Friday 16th May 2014 to be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff.

This year’s theme is: Making a difference: libraries and their communities.

To view the programme and more details click here

Early bird booking closes on 11th April 2014

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New policy for open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework

HEFCE and the other three UK funding bodies have published details of a new policy for open access relating to future research assessments after the current 2014 REF.

The policy describes new eligibility requirements for outputs submitted to the post-2014 REF. These requirements apply to all journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016. They do not apply to monographs, other long-form publications, creative or non-text outputs, or data.

The requirements state that peer-reviewed manuscripts must be deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication. The title and author of these deposits, and other descriptive information, [Note 1] must be discoverable straight away by anyone with a search engine. The manuscripts must then be accessible for anyone to read and download once any embargo period has elapsed.

There are limited exceptions to the policy, where depositing and arranging access to the manuscript is not achievable.

Further information can be found here

(Story courtesy of HEFCE news)


Gregynog 2014 – deadline for papers extended until 18th April 2014


Gregynog Colloquium 10th – 13th June 2014: 2nd Call for Papers
Theme: “Rethinking the Future: Satisfying staff and students in times of diminishing resources and rising expectations.
Every year HEWIT and WHELF organise a residential colloquium at Gregynog Hall, the University of Wales’ conference centre. This is an annual opportunity for IT and Library staff and practitioners at all levels to collaborate and share best practice in enhancing user satisfaction.
This year’s Colloquium is being organised by Aberystwyth University and the theme is “Rethinking the Future: Satisfying staff and students in times of diminishing resources and rising expectations.”
We are seeking papers, presentations and workshops (both IT and Library based) in the following broad areas.
1. Managing data storage and secure access to data and resources in an open environment, especially research data
2. Promoting the digital literacy of staff and students
3. Supporting the use of analytics/business intelligence to inform decision-making and planning

Within these come topics such as exploiting the use of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in classrooms. This topic is wide ranging and can encompass:
• Catalogue Use
• Chat to a Librarian
• E-Learning
• Support for mobile devices at study schools
• Network issues
• Setting up devices
• Supporting a wide range of mobile devices.
• Wireless and bandwidth.
• Exploiting the use of BOYD within class rooms. Remote display, response systems, etc.
• Corporate access/data management, and corporate device management (Mobile Iron, OneLogin, etc.)

Collaboration in areas such as procurement is another broad topic which can embrace other issues such as
• Special collections
• Joint Procurement
• Reading Lists
• Collaborative Purchasing
• Cloud
• Outsourcing
• Managing data storage
• Secure access to data and resources esp. research data
• Digital Literacy
• Use of analytics/business intelligence to inform decision-making/planning.

And also providing Remote Support which can include but not limited to
• International Student Needs
• 24/7 Customer Services
• Distance Learning
• Walk-In Access
• Open Access
• Repositories
• IT support
• Live Chat
• Remote Campuses
• Streaming Services
• Recording Lectures

Submission deadline is 18th April 2014.
Contributions from new professionals will be especially welcomed.
We welcome all formats and approaches.

Please email all suggestions for submissions to

Cynhadledd Gregynog 10fed–13eg Mehefin 2014: Galw am Bapurau

Thema: “Ailfeddwl y Dyfodol: Bodloni staff a myfyrwyr ar adeg pan fo adnoddau’n lleihau a disgwyliadau’n cynyddu”.

Bob blwyddyn mae HEWIT a WHELF yn trefnu cynhadledd breswyl ym Mhlas Gregynog, canolfan gynadleddau Prifysgol Cymru. Mae hwn yn gyfle blynyddol i staff TG a Llyfrgell ac ymarferwyr ar bob lefel i gydweithio a rhannu ymarfer gorau i wella bodlonrwydd defnyddwyr.

Prifysgol Aberystwyth sy’n trefnu Cynhadledd eleni a’r thema yw: “Ailfeddwl y Dyfodol: Bodloni staff a myfyrwyr ar adeg pan fo adnoddau’n lleihau a disgwyliadau’n cynyddu”.

Rydym yn ceisio papurau, cyflwyniadau a gweithdai (sy’n ymwneud â TG a Llyfrgelloedd) ar y themâu canlynol:

1. Hyrwyddo llythrennedd digidol staff a myfyrwyr
2. Cefnogi’r defnydd o wybodaeth ddadansoddeg/busnes i drwytho penderfyniadau a chynllunio
3. Rheoli storio data a mynediad diogel i ddata ac adnoddau mewn awyrgylch agored, yn enwedig data ymchwil

Ynghlwm wrth y rhain ceir pynciau megis BYOD (Dewch â’ch Dyfais eich Hun) mewn yr ystafelloedd dosbarth.
Maer pynciau yn eang ac yn gallu cynnwys:

• Defnyddio catalog
• Siarad â Llyfrgellydd
• E-ddysgu
• Cefnogaeth i ddyfeisiau symudol mewn ysgolion astudio
• Materion yn ymwneud â’r rhwydwaith
• Sefydlu dyfeisiadau
• Cefnogi rhychwant eang o ddyfeisiadau
• Diwifr a lled band
• Defnyddio BYOD yn yr ystafell ddosbarth. Arddangos o bell, systemau ymateb, ac ati
• Mynediad corfforaethol/rheoli data, a rheoli dyfeisiadau corfforaethol

Cydweithio yn meysydd fel caffael mewn pwnc bras sydd yn gallu cofleidio materion eraill fel:

• Systemau Rheoli Dysgu
• Casgliadau arbennig
• Pwrcasu ar y cyd
• Rhestri darllen
• Pwrcasu ar y cyd
• Cloud
• Rhoi ar gontract allanol
• Rheoli storio data
• Mynediad diogel i ddata, yn enwedig data ymchwil
• Llythrennedd digidol
• Defnyddio gwybodaeth ddadansoddeg/busnes i drwytho penderfyniadau a chynllunio

A hefyd darparu cefnogaeth o bell a all gynnwys ond nid yn gyfyngedig i

• Anghenion Myfyrwyr Rhyngwladol
• Gwasanaeth Cwsmeriaid 24/7
• Dysgu o Bell
• Mynediad agored
• Mynediad Agored
• Storfeydd
• Cymorth TG
• Sgwrsio Byw
• Campysau Pell
• Gwasanaethau Ffrydio
• Recordio Darlithoedd

Dyddiad cyflwyno: 18 Ebrill 2014.
Croesawn yn arbennig gyfraniadau gan ymarferwyr newydd.
Croesawn bob math o gyflwyniad a gogwydd.

Bydd yna dri fformat cyflwyniad gwahanal:

1. Sesiwn 30 munud gan gynnwys amser ar gyfer cwestiynaw.
2. A slot cyfwyniad 15 munud – cwestiynaw yn ddewisol.
3. A slot 5 munud yn olynol gyda chyflwyniadaw eraill o natur tebyg, gyda chwestiynau ir siaradwyr I gyd ar ddiwedd y sesiwn.

Rydym yn croesawu pob fformat a dull.

Bydd arddangosfeydd, cyflwyniadau a chyfleoedd, gwrdd â’n noddwyr, yn ogystal â chyfle, siarad â chynrycholwyr eraill.

Os gwelwch yn dda, e-bostiwch eich cynigion I

Swansea University Archives achieves accreditation

archive.accred.WelshCongratulations to the Richard Burton Archives at Swansea University who have achieved the new Accreditation Standard for Archives – the first University Archive service to do so and among the first 10 of any type of archive service in the UK. To meet the standard, archives have to show that they are “responsive to all their stakeholders and trusted in the management of their unique collections”.

Swansea University Archivist, Elisabeth Bennett, said “We are pleased that the work we have put into developing the service, and the support and investment of the University, have been recognised by this award. Our team works hard to provide a good service to all the people we work with: researchers, students and staff here on campus, but also our local community.   Anyone with an interest can use the archives and through visits and open days we make sure that people are able to see and study the fascinating material that we look after.”

The Richard Burton archives have over 1.3 kilometres of documents of many materials including:

  • World War One material
  • The South Wales Coalfield Collection
  • The Richard Burton collection
  • Family collections of prominent Swansea industrialists
  • Local business records
  • Documents relating to the history of Swansea University

More information can be found by clicking here

(Courtesy of Swansea University Public Relations Office)


CILIP Cymru/Wales Annual Conference 2014: Booking now open

Booking is now open for the the CILIP Cymru/Wales Annual Conference Thursday 15th-Friday 16th May 2014 to be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff.

This year’s theme is: Making a difference: libraries and their communities.

To view the programme and more details click here

Early bird booking closes on 11th April 2014

WHELF meeting quarterly update March 2014

WHELF actively promotes the work of higher education libraries in Wales and provides a focus for the development of new ideas and services.

This was the first meeting hosted by the new Chair of WHELF Aled Gruffydd Jones, Chief Executive & Librarian of the National Library of Wales.

At our recent meeting in February, these were some of the topics under discussion:
Eduroam/Wifi in Health Libraries
Gareth Bulpin, Technical Development Network Support Manager from Cardiff & Vale University Health Board detailed the roll out of eduroam/wifi in the Cardiff & Vale Health Boards working in partnership with Cardiff University. The eduroam wireless network is now available via the majority of 1,400+ wireless access points on the Health Board’s sites. Access is available to students, researchers and staff along with students working on placement to access the University’s digital resources. Eduroam is also available for students of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Boards.

WHELF shared LMS
Phase 2 of the LMS Project, which covers the procurement of a new system, is gaining momentum.   The EU tender, indicating a 7 year contract (with an option to extend up to a further 5 years), was initiated on 24 January 2014 under the EU restricted tender process.  This 2 stage process includes a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) and an Invitation to Tender (ITT).
The first stage, just initiated, requires potential suppliers to submit a PQQ.  The PQQ is an opportunity for the WHELF LMS Working Group to test the organisational capacity and capability of suppliers to deliver the required LMS system, with those suppliers passing this stage progressing to ITT, where suppliers will be assessed against responses to detailed system requirements.
WHELF institutions, through the Working Group and wider representation within institutions, will have the opportunity at this stage to further test potential systems through, for example, reference site visits and demonstrations.  At the end of this second stage, a contract will be awarded to a single supplier.
A grant bid has been submitted to CyMAL for funding to support the implementation phase.  If successful, this will provide funding for the Programme Manager role from October 2014 to March 2015, plus a small amount of funding for travel and subsistence. The bid to CyMAL is based on securing match funding from WHELF members. A decision on the bid is expected in March 2014.

Conservation and Digital Service for Wales’ Cultural Heritage
Avril Jones, Director of Collection Services, NLW reported on the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund submitted at the end of November 2013 to support the development of a Conservation and Digital Service for Wales’ Documentary Heritage. WHELF is represented on the Project Board by Sue Hodges and Alison Harding.

The NLW and CyMAL jointly commissioned a report on the conservation landscape in Wales, based upon the 2000 Lisc report `The future of our recorded past’.  In order to support the HLF application, the NLW has employed a consultant, Marilyn Deegan, to identify options for the role to be played by NLW to support digital preservation in Wales and to identify potential partners and stakeholders, both within and outside Wales.
The outcome of the HLF bid will be known in April 2014.

Succession planning for bilingual staff in Archives & Special Collections
A paper from Peter Keelan (Head of Special Collections and Archives, Cardiff University)  on succession planning for bilingual staff in Archives & Special Collections was reviewed. The paper reports on the importance of Welsh medium language provision for sustaining knowledge of heritage collections, maintaining the collection and providing bilingual services. Discussions have been opened with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to explore ways of taking this forward.