WHELF Shared LMS shortlisted for THELMAs Award 2015


The WHELF Shared LMS project has been shortlisted in the “Outstanding Library Team” category  of the Times Higher Education Leadership and Managements Awards (THELMAs) for 2015. Led by Cardiff University the project is groundbreaking in its procurement of a single cloud based next generation Library Management System for all 10 Welsh Higher Education Institutions, the National Library of Wales and the Welsh NHS Libraries.

Congratulations also to Aberystwth University, Swansea University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff University who have all also been shortlisted for awards in other categories. The winners will be announced on 18th June 2015 at the Grosvenor Hotel, London.

Arthurian Collection donated to University Library and Archives at Bangor University

Bangor University can now boast the largest collection of Arthurian books in Wales and the north of England, following an agreement with Flintshire County Council, who have donated a rare and valuable Arthurian Collection to the University’s Library and Archives.As well as providing a valuable resource to students studying the ever-popular Arthurian Literature undergraduate modules or the University’s MA degree in Arthurian Literature, the only one available anywhere on the globe, the collection will also interest anyone who wants to discover Arthurian studies more generally, for example those who want to discover how these tales have been re-used and re-told in different guises and formats over the centuries.

Dr Raluca Radulescu said:
“People have been fascinated with the Arthurian tradition down the centuries, whether for academic study or simple storytelling, and whether in book, film or comic form. We’re planning to use this donation as an impetus to start both new collaborations with partners locally and internationally and draw more academic interest in the study of Arthurian literature to Bangor. We are hoping to reach out to the local community as well by developing Arthurian-themed activities, such as story-telling events, and some school talks planned for June.”

The frontispiece of an edition of La Mort D’Arthur published in 1816. The frontispiece of an edition of La Mort D’Arthur published in 1816.

Sue Hodges, Bangor University’s Director of Libraries and Archives commented:
“This is a fantastic collection which will support Arthurian Studies research, teaching and learning within Bangor University and internationally and it augments and enhances our existing collection. We are very grateful to Flintshire County Libraries for this acquisition. Working closely with Dr Radulescu, we will manage, conserve, promote and digitise some of the collection so that it can be opened up further for the public and communities within Wales.  Members of the public can arrange to come in and consult the collection and we will hold a series of events which will promote the collection.”

Cllr Chris Bithell, Flintshire Library Service, said: ‘We are very pleased that this unique collection of Arthurian Literature has been relocated to Bangor University Library. The collection can now be expertly managed and preserved by the University Library and Archive Service, who have existing links with Arthurian scholars and who plan to widely promote the collection. The collection will be accessible to anyone who wishes to read about or study the subject. Details of how to arrange a visit to use the collection will be available on the Flintshire Libraries website after 16th April.”

The collection was originally donated to Flintshire County Libraries in 1952 by E. R. Harries, a former librarian of the county. Flintshire and Clwyd library services then added further stock and the collection now consists in over 2,000 items, representing a significant addition to Bangor’s collection, which is already of major interest to scholars and general readers alike. The Flintshire Harries Arthurian collection also contains some rare early printed books and deluxe editions of the nineteenth-century Arthurian revival. It now enhances Bangor University’s existing collection, and will be curated, preserved and managed by the University’s Library and Archives Service.

To celebrate the arrival of the Collection, the University is hosting a public lecture and exhibition. The public lecture ‘Arthur: the King that Never Left Us’, is to be delivered by Dr Roger Simpson and will take place in Lecture Room 2 in the Main University Building, Bangor University, at 5.00pm on Thursday  16 April. The Exhibition will be on display in the  Council Chamber corridor in the University’s Main Building between 13-27 April. These areas are open to the public.

Taken from: Bangor University news and events

CILIP Cymru Wales Conference 14th-15th May 2015: Ready for business

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The 2015 CILIP Cymru Wales Library and Information Conference

14th -15th May, Marriott Hotel, Swansea

Cross Sector Library and Information Conference

Exhibition space available
To guarantee hotel accommodation, please book by 10th April
Discount rate for CILIP Members
Early Bird Rate until 17th April

Book now

Programme: Ready for business / Yn barod am fusnes


Keynote Speaker: Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister, Culture, Tourism and Sport

Helen Osborn, Director of Library Services, Libraries NI:  A single library service

Liz McCarthy, Communications and Social Media Officer, Bodleian Libraries
Engaging audiences with digital: Hackathons at the Bodleian Libraries

Jan Parry, CILIP President

What is Customer Journey
Fundraising for libraries
Professional Development
Returning to the profession
Service Delivery Model case studies
Current issues in RFID
PLUS Tir na n-Og Award, the winner of the 2015 English award Conference Dinner, including Welsh Librarian of the Year Award

FRIDAY 16th May
Lorraine Beard, Head of Digital technologies & Services, Manchester University
Leadership and Embedding Innovation

Peter Gaw, Nottinghamshire County Council
Developing and delivering sustainable services in times of change

David McMenemy, University of Strathclyde
Synthesising political philosophy & professional ethics for effective advocacy

Mark Hughes, Head of Collections, Swansea University
Gareth Owen, WHELF Shared LMS Project Manager
Transitioning a vision to reality: benefits realisation from the WHELF Shared Library system project

Gary Green, Public Librarian and founder member of Voices for the Library
The Library A to Z: crowd-sourced advocacy

Working with Friends and the Community
A new way to learn? Bite-sized online training at Swansea University
Promoting your service
Library based partnership working as a response to the health and wellbeing Agenda:
Establishing a frontline service and developing staff knowledge.

WHELF event: British Library DataCite service : free workshops at Bangor and Cardiff

This is a bilingual posting – the English version follows the Welsh below:

Mae’r Llyfrgell Brydeinig yn cynnal dau weithdy ar gyfer aelodau WHELF, gan ddarparu mwy o wybodaeth am DataCite – gwasanaeth sy’n darparu dynodwyr gwrthrych digidol (DOI) ar gyfer cyfeiri a chysylltu data ymchwil.

Mae’r gweithdai prynhawn yn gyflwyniad i DataCite ar gyfer corfforaethau a sefydliadau yn y DU. Byddwn yn esbonio beth yw DataCite, yr hyn y mae’n ei wneud a sut y gallwch weithio gyda ni yn y DU i aseinio DOI i’ch data ymchwil, gan ei wneud yn fwy haws i gyfeirio a darganfod. Maent yn cael eu hanelu at y rhai o’r gwasanaethau canolog o’r prifysgolion sydd yn aelodau o WHELF, sydd â rolau sy’n gyfrifol am reoli data ymchwil yn y sefydliad – ond mae eraill o’r tu allan i WHELF yn groeso os oes lle!

Bydd y gweithdai yn cael ei arwain gan y Llyfrgell Brydeinig, sy’n darparu gwasanaethau DataCite yn y DU ac wedi ei threfnu gan Brifysgolion Bangor a Chaerdydd. Bydd hefyd arddangosiad ymarferol o neilltuo DOI. Os ydych yn dod i weithdy, dewch â gliniadur (cyn belled ag y gall gael mynediad i’r WiFi) fel y gallwch roi cynnig arni eich hun.

 Prifysgol Bangor – 21 Ebrill
Bydd y gweithdy cyntaf yn cael ei gynnal ym Mhrifysgol Bangor ar 21 Ebrill, 12 hanner dydd-3pm. Cysylltwch â c.a.roberts@bangor.ac.uk i archebu lle.
12 hanner dydd: Cinio;
12.45: Cyflwyniad i DataCite;
13.10: metadata DataCite a defnyddio DOIs;
13.45: Astudiaeth achos o ddefnyddio DataCite;
14.15: Arddangosiad Technegol o greu DOIs;
14.45: Te a choffi, amser ar gyfer cwestiynau ac adborth; 15.00: Cau

 Prifysgol Caerdydd – 5 Mai
Bydd yr ail weithdy yn cael ei gynnal ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd ar 5 Mai, 12 hanner dydd-3pm. Am fwy o wybodaeth ac i archebu lle ewch i: <http://dataciteworkshopcardiff.eventbrite.co.uk&gt;

The British Library is holding two workshops for WHELF members, providing more information on DataCite – a service providing DOIs for the citation and linking of research data.

These afternoon workshops are an introduction to DataCite for organisations and institutions in the UK. We will explain what DataCite is, what it does and how you can work with us in the UK to assign DataCite DOIs to your research data, making it more easily citable and discoverable. They are aimed at those from the central university services of WHELF members, with roles that are responsible for research data management at the institution – but others from outside WHELF are welcome subject to space!

The workshops will be led by the British Library, who provide DataCite services in the UK and hosted by Bangor and Cardiff Universities. There will also be a hands-on demonstration of assigning DOIs. If you’re coming to a workshop, bring along a laptop (as long as it can access the wifi) so you can try it for yourself.

Bangor University – 21st April
The first workshop will be held at Bangor University on 21st April, 12noon-3pm. Please contact c.a.roberts@bangor.ac.uk to book.

12noon: Lunch;
12.45: Introduction to DataCite;
13.10: DataCite metadata and applying DOIs;
13.45: Case study of using UK DataCite;
14.15: Technical demonstration of minting DOIs;
14.45: Tea and coffee, time for questions and feedback;
15.00: Close

Cardiff University – 5th May
The second workshop will be held at Cardiff University on 5th May, 12noon-3pm. More information and booking can be found on http://dataciteworkshopcardiff.eventbrite.co.uk

‘Leap in and have a go’ at marketing

Originally posted on Alyson's Welsh libraries blog:

Group of people with their awards Marketing award winners

TV presenter Sara Edwards encouraged library staff to “leap in and have a go” at marketing especially working with the media, during the Marketing Excellence Awards in Wales last month.

These awards have been held for several years now, to recognise the fantastic marketing going on in Welsh libraries, and for the first time the awards were also open to museum and archive staff across Wales.

Also for the first time was the idea of creating a day for the awards, featuring guest speakers, award giving and general celebrating. The awards day was on 27th February 2015 in the National Library Wales where all entrants were invited and winners were presented with their prizes. There were talks by awards judge Dr Jonathan Deacon from the University of South Wales, TV presenter Sara Edwards and social media experts Mali Tudno Jones and Rhys Miles Thomas. You can look…

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WHELF Quarterly news update Feb 2015

WHELF’s first meeting of 2015 was held on February 12th via videoconference.

Present: Aled Gruffydd Jones (Chair, NLW), Emma Adamson (Cardiff Met), Bronwen Blatchford (UofW) , Andrew Dalgliesh (UofSW), Julie Hart (Aberystwyth University) , Anne Harvey (UWTSD:Swansea) , Sue Hodges (Bangor University), Mark Hughes (Swansea University), Janet Peters (Cardiff University), Nicola Watkinson (Glyndwr University) Rachael Whitfield (WDO), Nicky Whitsed (OU)

We were pleased to welcome back to WHELF, Bronwen Blatchford from the University of Wales. Ann Davies from the Open University is currently on secondment and we welcomed attendance from Nicky Whitsed Director of Library Services, OU.

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Customer Services Group UK (CSGUK)

Guest attendee Libby Homer Associate Director, Library and Learning Services at the University of East London and Vice-Chair of the Customer Services Group UK attended the meeting to talk to WHELF about the role of the CSGUK and to invite WHELF participation. CSGUK was previously part of the M25 consortium but they have been independent since 2014. The group’s focus is the professionalization of customer services in HE libraries and to discuss and share knowledge and techniques across libraries. The group operates four task groups: Benchmarking, Knowledge and Discovery, Quality in Customer Service and Service Improvement. The group runs training events and an annual conference. More details can be found here: www.customerservicesgroup.co.uk


Gareth Owen, Programme Manager for the WHELF Shared LMS attended to update WHELF on project progress. All key milestones have been achieved and work continues apace in Phase 3 –Implementation. It has been great to see the large amount of interest across the UK, Europe and in fact worldwide that has been generated by the project. Gareth and other members of the Working Group have been invited to speak at forthcoming conferences and seminars, and there are a number of articles for library journals and a book chapter in progress. There will be a day focussing on the LMS at the Gregynog Colloquium in June which will provide an opportunity to discuss consortium and collaboration opportunities. The group discussed and agreed a Governance paper prepared by Gareth that steers the project through the next stages.

WHELF Action Plan

The new 2014-15 WHELF Action Plan has been updated and is available on the website: https://whelf.wordpress.com/action-plan-2/. Progress updates were provided by the Action Aim Leads.

Open access publishing

Sue Hodges (Vice-Chair of WHELF) recently attended an event at the University of Huddersfield on open access publishing. The group discussed the main issues surrounding open access publishing with regard to the use of own in-house publishing methods, or open source systems such as OJS, or a commercial company and how to market and brand open access publishing. WHELF institutions are all at different stages with this issue so it was suggested that events be organized in the North and South of Wales to share knowledge and progress.

Updates from WHELF sub-groups

Thanks were expressed to Lorna Hughes for Chairing the WHELF Archives and Special Collections sub-groups and we wish Lorna well in her new role as Chair in Digital Humanities at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. The group are in the process of appointing a new Chair.

The WHISD sub-group are busily preparing for the 2015 Gregynog Colloquium (15th-19th June), jointly organized this year by Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff University. This year the Colloquium has been extended to include a day focussing on the WHELF Shared LMS. The theme of the conference this year is collaboration and partnership. A call for papers has been issued and further details can be found on the Gregynog Colloquium website http://www.gregynog-lis.org/

Members of the Copyright Group had attended a training day organized by the Sconul ACCSG Copyright sub-group at the University of South Wales Atrium in Cardiff. Jonathan Davies (Chair of the WHELF Copyright sub-group) contributed a report from the day to the WHELF blog. The group had the opportunity to hold an informal meeting during the day and had agreed that the role of Chair for the forthcoming year will be shared between Jonathan Davies (Data Protection and Copyright Manager, Aberystwyth University) and Andrew McVay (Copyright and Licensing Team at Cardiff University).

The ALIS Wales (Accessible Libraries and Information Services) sub-group had met on the 20th October and the group are coordinating with the WHELF Development Officer to add content to the WHELF website.

The WHEEL (Wales Higher Education Electronic Library) sub-group continues to explore and secure shared deals for WHELF institutions. The group is looking to expand its membership for 2015-16.

For further information please contact:

Rachael Whitfield

WHELF Development Officer  |  Swyddog Datblygu WHELF

(Part-time: All day Monday & Tuesday, Weds morning)

(Rhan amser: Drwy’r dydd ar ddydd Llun a dydd  Mawrth, ac ar foreau Mercher)

Phone | Ffôn 01792 513386
Email | Ebost r.b.whitfield@swansea.ac.uk

https://whelf.wordpress.com/Twitter: @WHELFed

NLW/WHELF event: Research and scientific data management 16th Feb 2015

Research and Scientific data management: new challenges and opportunities
National Library of Wales
Monday, 16 February 2015 from 10:00 to 14:00 (GMT)
This event will explore how we can build on existing experience of data management from the Welsh Repository Community and rise to the challenges of managing more complex data including data created by researchers as part of the scholarly lifecycle.
10:00 Coffee and arrival
10:30 Introduction to the day
Lorna Hughes (Chair), School of Advanced Studies, London
10:45 Managing Complex Data at the National Library of Wales
Glen Robson and Owain Roberts, NLW
11:00 Research Data Management and the Welsh Higher Education Libraries Forum
Amy Staniforth, Aberystwyth University
11:15 The role of repositories in the research life-cycle
Andrew Prescott, University of Glasgow
11:30 Managing the Record of Research at the Smithsonian Institution
Thornton Staples, Smithsonian Institute
12:00-13:00 Discussion

13:00-14:00 Sandwich Lunch
Click on the link to register for this free event: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/research-and-scientific-data-management-new-challenges-and-opportunities-tickets-15371846607