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On Wednesday 30 January 2019 I represented WHELF at the UK Regional Consortia Managers’ Meeting, meeting colleagues from The Northern Collaboration (NC), White Rose (WR), Mercian Collaboration (MC), the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries (M25) and NoWAL. Unfortunately bad weather conditions prevented the SCURL representative making the long journey down from Scotland.
The venue was the beautiful Senate House Library near Russell Square. Before the meeting we were treated to a talk from Tansy Barton, the Research Librarian who curated the exhibition Staging Magic: the Story Behind the Illusion. The exhibition displays items from one of Senate House Library’s special collections, the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature.
Agenda items:Plan S and UK SCL:
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This took us to 3pm when I had to leave to get to Paddington station.
I appreciated the opportunity to represent WHELF and to learn how other consortia work and tackle issues such as Plan S. Thank you to Thomas Baldwin at Senate House Library for inviting WHELF and hosting the event so well.
Gareth Owen started in post as Acting Deputy University Librarian and Assistant Director University Library Service at Cardiff University on 7 January, following 5 years as the programme manager for the WHELF Shared LMS.
He is a qualified librarian, who has worked across university and further education libraries, as well as the libraries of the House of Commons and the National Assembly for Wales.
“I’m excited about working with the library service at Cardiff University – it’s a great service, with incredible staff. I’d also like to thank colleagues across Wales for their support in my role as programme manager for the Shared LMS. It was a privilege to be part of the LMS journey. I’ll be sure to maintain very close links with WHELF colleagues and will look for every opportunity to build on the fantastic network that has developed across WHELF.”
WHELF would like to welcome Tracey Stanley to the WHELF Reps’ Group. Tracey has taken up the Acting Library Director post at Cardiff University for a period of 12 months from January 2019 following Janet Peters’ retirement.
Tracey has worked at Cardiff for 8 years as Deputy Librarian, and before that she held senior posts at the Universities of York and Leeds. She also spent 2 years as Assistant Director (Systems) for the National Institute for Health Research. Her experience has been wide-ranging, and has included library systems, academic liaison, e-resources management, estates and planning and e-learning. She was programme manager for the WHELF Shared Library Management System initiative.
Tracey (on the right) won Welsh Librarian of the Year in May 2018
Last year the Archives & Special Collections Group really enjoyed taking part in the Color Our Collections social media campaign run by the New York Academy of Medicine Library, which saw us join with other libraries, archives, and museums around the world to share free colouring sheets based on materials in our collections.
We have decided to take part again this year when it runs from 4-8 February 2019, and our theme this time is Year of Discovery!
print the sheets and share your filled-in images on social media, using the hashtags#colorourcollections (because the campaign launched in America most institutions are using the American spelling of colour!),#lliwioeincasgliadau, and tag us in @WHELFed.
And don’t forget to check out which other institutions around the world are taking part using the #colorourcollections hashtag or visiting the website of the New York Academy of Medicine.
WHELF has a new Development Officer starting today: welcome to Gill Morris who will be based at Swansea University. Her working days for WHELF will be Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday.
Gill currently works 2.5 days a week in the Swansea University Collections team alongside her role at WHELF. She has spent time at four WHELF institutions: her degree in French and Welsh Studies was from Cardiff University, she did her postgraduate qualification at Aberystwyth University, then worked at Swansea Institute/Swansea Met/UWTSD twice and at Swansea University, including subject librarian roles. Gill also worked as a teaching assistant for 8 years whilst bringing up her 3 children. When not in work Gill likes reading, walking the dog, watching rugby, going to the beach (summer or winter) and spending time with her family.
Wishing Gill all the very best in the role from all at WHELF!
She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
The WHELF Copyright Group chairs Marie Lancaster and Scott Prior are running a Copyright Card game event in Bangor on October 24th:
Tickets are free but registration is required.
The Copyright Card game is “a new engaging approach to copyright education sessions”. It can be found on the Uk Copyright literacy website including a new Welsh language version produced by colleagues at Bangor University.
For anyone quick off the mark there is also a warm-up event at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Cyncoed campus tomorrow (Oct 10th) – apologies for the late advertising of this!
WHELF is changing its Staff Development programme in 2018-2019. Building on our successful Teachmeets and other events, we want to facilitate exchanges of experience, drawing on the expertise we have in Wales and strengthening collaboration within the sector. We aim to run events across Wales and to share resources for those who are unable to attend.
In order to create this programme of events, we are asking members
WHELF areas of activities include, but are not limited to:
Send us your ideas here: https://goo.gl/forms/vQRORnzFe7kq3CD92
Survey closes 17th September 2018.
Post by Nick Roberts (USW) and Mark Lester (CMU)
We held an event on the afternoon of Tuesday 26th June at Cardiff Met – attended by 19 colleagues from across South and West Wales (as well as a representative from University of Wales Press). The aim was to bring together people to talk about open research using a roundtable discussion format/statement card format based on an initiative from LIBER and Foster Open Science (https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/content/organise-your-own-open-science-cafe). Fortunately, this was held on one of June’s nicest days weather-wise so what better way to spend it then talking about how libraries can support open research… The venue for the afternoon was the Hospitality Suite in Cardiff School of Management building on the Landaff Campus of Cardiff Met.
The event was deliberately tagged as ‘open research’ as opposed to ‘science’ to attract the widest set of participants from across institutions. A key aim was to road test the format for WHELF colleagues to then take back to their own institutions.
The afternoon started with a welcome and outline of the event from Mark Lester (Cardiff Met) and Nick Roberts (USW). Participants were assigned tables to ensure a good mix of colleagues from different institutions and a pack of prepared statements (see below) were given to each grouping – these packs were subsequently swapped after 30 minutes (or so) of discussions. Each table had a note-taker/facilitator present to ensure the discussion moved on and to make sure we collected the brilliant ideas/frustrations/discussions that were being shared. Thanks to Louise Harrington, Mariann Hilliar and Cath Borwick for acting as note-takers and table facilitators on the day.
Many thanks to all of the colleagues who attended and engaged with the café format.
The statements used on the day were focused on areas such as open access, research data management, perception of research and publishing – thanks to Beth Hall (Bangor) and Nick Roberts for putting the statements together. They were deliberately provocative to ignite the discussions and get everyone thinking – some examples:
Below is a brief flavour of the discussions (a future post will give a more detailed ‘deep dive’ on discussions):
REF and Open Access
Collaboration in research support
Good Research Data Management (RDM) principles
Institutional Repositories (IRs)
All the discussions and ideas collected on the day will be written up in more detail to ensure we have a clearer evidence base to keep the momentum going in all our efforts to enhance research support across all WHELF institutions.
Participants expressed an interest in more research support related events – the proposals will go back to the WHELF research group. Some views were expressed that elements could/should be delivered via some webinars to cut down costs and to ensure knowledge sharing and actions from this happens more regularly.
The WHELF Research Group is running two “Open Research Cafe” events: “an ideas exchange for different stakeholders on the topic of OA publishing, Open Data, Access to Information”. These events are an excellent opportunity for HE library staff who wish to learn more about the global “Open Research” movement and how this is changing the face of academic publishing (and therefore libraries!).
The Bangor event is on Wed 23rd May, 11-12.30pm: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-science-cafe-tickets-45713877438
The Cardiff event is on Tue 26th June, 1-4pm: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-research-cafe-tickets-46287831149
Events are free to attend and refreshments will be provided: booking is essential!
WHELF sponsored a Welsh Copyright Roadshow event in Swansea on 18th April, run by the joint chairs of the WHELF Copyright Group, Marie Lancaster and Scott Pryor. You can read a summary of the day on the UK Copyright literacy site: