Monthly Archives: October 2009

New Welsh Repository Network (WRN) website

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Welsh Repository Network (WRN) website, available here

The WRN is a collaborative venture between the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Wales to establish, develop and populate a network of interoperable institutional repositories. The vision that underpins the network is to facilitate and encourage the sharing of resources across the principality and to maximise the impact of Welsh research across the globe.

The establishment of the network was underpinned by the JISC funded WRN Start-Up Project which provided both fiscal and practical support to each WRN partner to aid in the implementation of an effective institutional repository in every Welsh HEI. The current JISC funded WRN Enhancement Project seeks to build on the previous project’s work and is investigating the potential of a collaborative, centrally managed model for accelerating the development and uptake of repository services in Welsh HEIs.

The new WRN website brings you information about the project, news on its current activities, and links to the documents and presentations produced by the project team/ project partners.

Other features of the new site include:

Project partner repository search: Allowing you to search for content across partner repositories by entering the search term in just one place.

Chat with the WRN team: Utilising the Google Chat client to offer instant support to project partner queries.

Partners Links/ WRN button: Clickable map giving the location and providing access to each of the repositories that make up the Welsh Repository Network.

**Coming soon**

Learning Objects: Online learning objects on various repository related topics to work through remotely from your desktop.

We would like to have your feedback on our website so have a look, give things a try and Get in Touch.

Impact of the economic recession on university library and IT services

A very timely report produced for JISC, SCONUL & UCISA.

The main focus of this research was to assess the impact of the economic downturn on university library and IT services. 40 interviews were conducted with representatives of each of these services in 36 different institutions across the UK.

Download the full report or read the briefing paper at:

Managing Your Career, Glyndŵr University

Do you want to find out more about CILIP’s Framework of Qualifications?
Do you want to find out more about educational opportunities in Wales?
Are you ready to take the next step up your career ladder and need some advice about interview and presentation skills?

The Wales division of the Career Development Group has put together an exciting programme of speakers, including Mandy Powell (CILIP Cymru/Wales), Dr Andrew Eynon (Coleg Llandrillo), Hugh Preston (Aberystwyth University) and Paul Jeorrett (Glyndŵr University).

Place: Glyndŵr University, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AW

Time: 9:30am – 4.30pm

Date: Monday 26th October 2009

Cost: £10 (Students/unwaged), £20 (CDG members), £30 (Non-CDG members)


9.30 Registration and refreshments

9.45 Welcome and introduction – Edwina Smart, Chair, Career Development Group, Wales Division

9.50 Support and guidance from CILIP Cymru/Wales – Mandy Powell, CILIP Cymru/Wales

10.30 Chartership and the Framework of Qualifications – Pat Duxbury, Chartership Support Officer (South Wales)

11.00 Tea

11.20 Mentoring your journey – Lindsay Morris, Rhondda Cynon Taff Libraries Area Manager South

12.00 Information and Library Services NVQs, Advanced Diploma in Applications of ICT in Libraries (ICTL),

and Foundation Degree (FdA) in Library & Information Management – Dr Andrew Eynon, Coleg Llandrillo

12.40 Lunch (provided)

1.20 FdSc Library & Information Practice – Nicola  Watkinson, Glyndŵr University

1.50 Higher education opportunities at Aberystwyth University – Hugh Preston, Aberystwyth University

2.30 Tea

2.50 Interview tips – Cameron Best, Sue Hill Recruitment

3.20 Presentation skills – Paul Jeorrett, Glyndŵr University 

4.30 Closing remarks

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

For more information please email Emma Rye at