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

rachael whitfield:

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.

Why I #LoveLibraries and #CaruLlyfrgelloedd

rachael whitfield:

Thanks to Alyson Tyler for this blog post. The #LoveLibraries#CaruLlyfrgelloedd campaign is an all Wales libraries cross-sectoral campaign.

Originally posted on Alyson's Welsh libraries blog:

LoveLibrariesAquaIn Wales the #LoveLibraries (or in Welsh #CaruLlyfrgelloedd) campaign has just started (mid Oct 2014). This, mostly social media, campaign is seeking to promote fantastic library services, activities and staff, and also to increase membership by getting existing members to encourage someone else to join.

By using the hashtags, bilingual Twibbon and joining the Thunderclap (yep, the latter two were new to me too, shame on me!) recently, it made me think about why I love libraries. Here’s some of my reasons, in no particular order:

  • access to more books than I could possibly read, ever
  • all types of fiction to suit all tastes
  • friendly, neutral, non-invasive, welcoming spaces, with no hidden agenda
  • lovely helpful, friendly staff
  • free
  • always trying new things
  • socially equalising
  • community information – the place to go to find something out
  • the opportunties – through all that they do.

As I’ve aged (gracefully?), libraries have always…

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23 Llyfrgellydd

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Originally posted on 23 (more) Librarians:
23 Librarians will be relaunching next week – and this time we have a partner! 23 Llyfrgellydd is Welsh for 23 Librarians, and here Kristine Chapman, the new blog’s editor introduces herself.  Next week, in…

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