The Welsh Assembly Government has pledged funding for a £400m university science campus in Swansea.
Supporters of the Bay Science and Innovation Campus, which will be built on a 69-acre site off Fabian Way, say it could create thousands of jobs and put more than £3bn into the regional economy over 10 years.
Congratulations to Lori Havard who is now Head of Academic Services for the Library, responsible for front of house Library services and Subject Librarian teams.
A £1.2 million refurbishment project at Swansea University to create the Richard Burton Archives was celebrated on 30 April.
The new state-of-the art archive facility – named The Richard Burton Archives, in honour of the Richard Burton Collection generously donated by Sally Burton in 2005 – is due to be completed by the end of the summer.
The Archives, located within Swansea University’s Library, has over 2 kilometres of shelving available to store the University’s archive collections under strict environmental conditions; ensuring their long-term preservation. A new reading room will also be available for researchers to consult the collections.
Speaking from Perth in Western Australia, the actor’s widow, Sally Burton, said: “I am thrilled that the donation of Richard’s archive to Swansea University has resulted in the creation of this magnificent world class facility for researchers and the local community.
Chris West, Swansea University’s Director of Library and Information Services explained: “The donation of the Richard Burton Collection by Sally Burton has acted as a catalyst for a number of vital developments. These include the major refurbishment of the Library, to create the Richard Burton Archives, and the establishment of the Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales at the University, to act as a focus for world-class research on Wales.
“Richard Burton loved books and scholarship. I’m sure he would have been delighted with what we’ve achieved.”
In addition to the Richard Burton Collection, the Richard Burton Archives will house the South Wales Coalfield Collection; the Raymond Williams Papers; and other major collections on the local area and the University.
On 1 September the Recording Centre for the Blind will be changing its name to the Transcription Centre – to reflect the growing range of work they now cover.
The Swansea University Transcription Centre (SUTC) provides transcription services (braille, audio, large print, electronic text and tactile diagrams) for disabled students at Swansea University and at other universities and colleges.
Just five months after becoming certified Digital Audio Producers under the RNIB’s DAISY Certification Scheme, Lesley Morgan, Sarah Jones and Tina Webber of SUTC have been awarded Advanced Digital Audio Producer (DAP) status by the RNIB.
Full story at: http://www.swan.ac.uk/news_centre/News/Headline,35719,en.php
Library & Information Services at Swansea University has received the Customer Service Excellence Award:
This is the updated version of the Charter Mark, which LIS has held since 2006.
LIS is the first department in the University to receive the Customer Service Excellence Award. Also, at present, they are one of a small number of library, ICT and careers services in UK universities to have achieved this award.