Monthly Archives: October 2009

Open Access Week underway

Open Access Week is now underway and the Welsh Repository Network has been gathering together some of the news stories they have seen. Read more on their blog at:

They would like to gather together any stories from around Wales to do their own bit of OA promotion, so please do get in touch with the team via if you have done anything to promote OA week.

Average academic book price report re-launched

LISU has now re-launched its Average Prices of Academic Books series, with a single publication covering both UK and USA titles for the academic year July 2008 to June 2009.

The full press release can be found at:

UC&R visit to the National Library of Wales

Thursday, 26 November 2009 in the Drwm, National Library of Wales

10.00  Arrival, and tea/coffee
10.30 Welcome and introduction by Andrew Green, Librarian
10.45 The National Library of Wales Education Service (Owen Llewelyn, Senior Education Officer)
11.15  Enquiries at the National Library of Wales (Anwen Pierce, Head of Enquiries)
11.45  Electronic resources at the National Library of Wales (Manon Foster Evans, Head of Reader Services)
12.15  Putting Welsh Journals online : the challenges (Martin Locock, SCIF Project Co-ordinator)
12.45 – 1.30  Lunch at Pendinas
1.30  Digitisation of Newspapers and Journals (Alan Vaughan Hughes, Digitisation Project Manager)
2.00  North Reading Room; presentation and tour of the new reading room (Iwan ap Dafydd, North Reading Room Manager)
2.30  Depart

[Members of the University, College and Research Libraries Wales Section Committee will hold a meeting at 2.30]

If you are interested in attending this event, which is free of charge, could you please contact Carol Edwards at the National Library of Wales, on 01970 632923 or

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