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:


Events to celebrate National Libraries Day and #LoveLibraries

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Cardiff University will be marking the day with a promotion of their Community Membership Scheme, celebrating the collaboration between HE and Public and NHS library sectors in Cardiff and South Wales. Full details of the range of our Community Memberships are outlined on the website:

They will also be using social media in the week running up to National Libraries Day to promote these schemes which enable access to a wealth of print collections at Cardiff University Libraries. Potential members will be encouraged to visit their libraries on the 7th February to discuss which membership would best suit them. They can even join on the day!

Later in the month ( 11th-15th February) they will be holding a feedback event throughout site libraries entitled Loving Your Library? Each year this event is held to gather feedback on specific services and this February they are asking users to tell them what they love about their library service as well as what they’d like them to improve! The insights gained from the event will be used to shape and prioritise service developments as part of the Customer Service Excellence programme.

UWTSD are celebrating by offering a Library: Late Books Amnesty. On the 5th, 6th and 7th of February, there will be a special drop box available in the Library  to return any late books. Anything left in the box will not be fined.

At the RWCMD,  they are celebrating National Libraries Day using the CyMAL #Love Libraries campaign theme displays and asking staff and students to tell them what they love about the library and encouraging comments. Library staff are also contributing a brief example of an item we love in the collection, as a way to promote the Library and introduce newer members of staff to our users.

Bangor University held a very successful Santes Dwynwen event on Monday 26th January to tie in with the launch of #Love Your Library. Lectures were given by Dr. Ceridwn Lloyd-Morgan IMEMS, Graham Williams Natural Resources Wales and Professor Oliver Turnbull. It was a very successful evening which also launched a poster competition for students.

At Cardiff Metropolitan University library staff will be running a number of themed events and tweets on Friday to help support and celebrate National Libraries Day 2015, to include a storytelling event in conjunction with the Cardiff School of Education, nominations and prize giveaways for #favouritebooks and #favouritethings about libraries. All supported by staff involvement, tea and Welsh cakes.

Copyright challenges: a report from the recent Sconul ACCSG event.

The SCONUL ACCSG training event “Copyright Challenges: Understanding the recent legislative changes and how to use them effectively” took place on January 26th at the Atrium, University of South Wales, Cardiff

Many thanks to Dr. Jonathan Davies, Data Protection and Copyright Manager, Aberystwyth University and Chair of the WHELF Copyright sub-group for contributing this posting.

There are some impressive views of Cardiff to be had from the upper floors of the University of South Wales’s Atrium Building situated not far from Queens Street railway station. The vista did not prove to be distracting, however, as the content of the day’s copyright training and information event was sufficiently engaging for all present. The SCONUL-run session was one of several organised at various centres throughout the UK to address the need for further copyright training for HE institutions’ copyright staff in the wake of last year’s amendments to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Many of the changes have a direct impact on the way in which colleges and universities handle copyright in terms of teaching and learning practices and also other library-based copying, with most staff still grappling with the implications and trying to apply them as effectively and compliantly as possibly.

The training element of the day was provided by Chris Morrison (University of Kent), in association with Dr Jane Secker and Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy. Chris is an excellent speaker and facilitator and kicked off the session with an overview of copyright in terms of the type of works that are covered and also the usages accounted for by the legislation. He then went on to examine the main licences available to HE institutions and what they covered. The core session, which I think was the main attraction for attendees, then examined the changes to the 1988 Act. The legislation has always allowed a degree of copying in certain circumstances by individuals other than the copyright-holder. These allowances are termed ‘exceptions’ and it was the modification of these exceptions in 2014 which technically allows for a slightly greater freedom to copy material in prescribed circumstances. The session usefully contrasted the coverage of the old exceptions with that of the new, or reworded exceptions. Most engagingly, however, Chris was trialling a copyright game which involved cards being used to indicate the types of work, copying uses, exceptions and risks associated with the copying of given articles. These items included a reprint of an out of copyright book, a birthday card and a computer music package. The game prompted much discussion about the application of the legislation and the various licences available, and was a marvellously educational and entertaining learning tool.

The other big draw of the day was Sarah Brear of the Copyright Licensing Agency who provided a summary of recent licensing developments and projects. These included the planned continuation of the overseas campus coverage (currently the Overseas Campus-Based Students pilot), a digital repository and a scheme to clear extra amounts, such as second chapters, from works covered by the CLA Licence. A very useful panel discussion took place towards the end of the day and a wide array of issues were tackled including electronic theses and student-generated art.

The day was an undoubted success with attendees travelling not just from other counties of Wales, but also from parts of England. Sustenance was provided and, most noteworthy, was the afternoon’s supply of Welsh-cakes! And, finally, many thanks should go to Beth Pearce (USW) for organising the event.

Welsh Information Literacy Project conference


A conference to mark the conclusion of the Welsh Information Literacy Project will take place at Glyndwr University, Wrexham on Thursday 26 March.  The event is free but places are limited and need to be booked in advance by emailing Project Manager, Andrew Eynon (

Click here to download a copy of the programme and  for further information about the WILP project click here.

Call for papers: Cardiff Metropolitan learning and teaching conference

Cardiff Metropolitan University Library and Information Services will be hosting a teaching and learning conference on the theme of Enhancing student engagement through online learning communities on Monday 20th April 2015. “The aim of this conference is to explore ways in which online communities might be successfully deployed and exploited in order to enhance student engagement.  It is intended that the conference provides colleagues working in learning development, and in higher education more broadly, with a platform to present ideas regarding the implementation of online learning communities across curricula or examples of how online communities have successfully impacted on student engagement with learning” (Cardiff Metropolitan L&IS).

The call for papers deadline is Friday 6th March 2015. Full details of where to send abstract submissions and how to apply for tickets to this free conference can be found here.

Using archives and special collections in teaching at Swansea University

With thanks to Elisabeth Bennett, Ian Glen, Chris Hall and Sian Williams, ISS, Swansea University for this guest posting.

Practice of History group studying Twentieth Century Britain: Economy, Employment and Living Standards at the Richard Burton Archives’

Practice of History group studying Twentieth Century Britain: Economy, Employment and Living Standards at the Richard Burton Archives’

We have just come to the end of a busy term with ‘Practice of History’ students. ‘The Practice of History’ is a compulsory module for all second level single honours and joint honours History students. It aims to teach students the essential skills required by historians but in the past had been lecture based and received negative feedback from students.

Following student feedback, the module was redesigned to make it more practical and based around working with primary sources. Throughout the semester students are introduced to a variety of sources through seminars, lectures and visits to archives and libraries across Swansea.

To a certain extent how the module is delivered is up to the individual lecturers. Within the University, lecturers may take their groups to Rare Books and Special Collections, the Richard Burton Archives or the South Wales Miners’ Library. Beyond the University, they may visit West Glamorgan Archives or the Local History section at the Central Library, both located in the Civic Centre, Swansea. Other groups use online sources to explore their particular topic. However, there is a certain amount of cross-pollination as a number of the groups go to the same places.

The seminar groups are led by academics from across the History Department, and they focus on a variety of different topics including education through the ages, World War One, life and death in the Victorian era, twentieth century Britain and the atomic age. By being introduced to, and working with, a broad range of documents the students explore the uses that are made of this material by historians, and the intellectual and practical problems which can arise.

The students benefit from encountering non-academic staff, in the form of archivists and librarians in the various archives and libraries, and finding out at first-hand how we can help them with their research. The sessions are usually been team taught by the lecturer and a member of library or archives staff and as well as introducing them to primary sources the sessions give students a greater awareness of what materials are available, potentially helping them find dissertation topics. This different form of staff contact time puts the students in touch with a wealth of professional skills and experience which builds upon that of the academic staff, and the group visits make the new venues less daunting.

Since the introduction of the restyled module feedback from the students is has improved. Although they still list aspects that they don’t enjoy and identify areas for development overall the comments are now generally positive. The new module has also benefitted the library and archive services that are used as we have an opportunity to interact with the students and staff at a much closer level and are contributing to raising standards (and grades) and improving the student experience.

National Libraries Day 7th February 2015


National Libraries Day takes place this year on 7th February 2015. Further information including publicity materials are available from the NLD website.

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