Collaborate –Create –Innovate

WHELF’s mission is: to promote collaboration and innovation in library, knowledge and information services across Wales.


On Wednesday 1 July 2020 I represented WHELF at the UK Regional Consortia Managers’ Meeting, along with colleagues from The Northern Collaboration, Mercian Collaboration, the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries, NoWAL and SCURL. Kate from White Rose was unfortunately unable to attend.

Due to Covid-19 we have been meeting via Zoom. The main topics for discussion were how our member institutions were tackling the current situation, our own roles in this context and how regional variations affected us in the 3 nations involved.

We also discussed online conferences, which WHELF has already experienced, since the annual WHELF/HEWIT Colloquium in June 2020 was moved from Gregynog Hall to online.

All agreed it is helpful to meet and share experiences and good practice, and we aim to meet again in early September

The next WHELF Board meeting will now take place via Zoom on Thursday 23 July 2020.

This is the final call for papers for the Gregynog Colloquium Online, a free event running 9th June – 11th June.

The main theme and topics of the colloquium remain the same:

Future proofing HE:

  • Future trends of teaching & learning;
  • Inclusivity, accessibility, equality and diversity;
  • Future skills and competencies for our users and our staff;
  • AI, data and analytics;
  • Cyber Security.

however if you wish to submit papers that pertain to working in the online environment due to Covid-19, these are also welcome.

Papers should be 20 or 15 minutes in length, although we aim to be flexible. There will also be time for questions and discussion.

You are welcome to livestream or pre-record your delivery. We will be sharing guidance for presenters soon.

The colloquium is famed for its social events and we are hoping to replicate this online with an evening of ‘bring your own drinks (BYOD)’ reception and quiz night.

Outline programme:

Libraries: Tuesday 9th June, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Digital Strategies Panel session and discussion: Wednesday 10th June, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

BYOD and quiz: Wednesday 10th June, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

IT: Thursday 11th June, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Deadline for papers is 22nd May and the final programme advertised from 1st June.

If you would like to submit a paper please include the following information:

· List of names of presenters and their institutional affiliation.

· Title and a brief description of your paper.

· Length of presentation.

Please email submissions to:

Message from Steve Williams, Chair of WHELF, on the COVID-19 situation:

While our members’ physical libraries have closed, our digital estate is abuzz. The work of libraries and information services has increasingly taken place online and our wonderful and professional staff are helping our students, staff and users across WHELF organisations to stay connected with their learning and research. Staff across WHELF member organisations have been fantastic in adapting very quickly to a new way of working – and services have been at the forefront of ensuring that staff and user wellbeing is being looked after as much as possible at these challenging times.

Across Wales, access to online resources is being maintained and where possible expanded, and staff are using online collaboration tools such as MS Teams and Zoom to continue providing services. As we settle into this new way of working, we will further adapt and hone our services to continue to meet the needs of our users.

The WHELF Annual Report for the academic year 2018-19 is now available. The report highlights the collective work of WHELF along with news and developments from the WHELF institutions.

WHELF Annual Report 2018-19
Welcome to the WHELF report for 2018-19. Writing an introduction such as this can be quite daunting as there is so much that could be covered. It is, however, a welcome chance to reflect, a…
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Thank you to Jenny McNally for your work on this.

Bookings are now open for the third Icepops copyright conference, taking place in Cardiff on the 7th of July.

This is the first time that the international conference has taken place in Wales, and it’s being proudly supported by WHELF.

This year’s theme focuses on copyright and how it relates to cultural heritage, GLAM, information literacy, scholarly communication and building communities of practice.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Emily Hudson (Kings College London), Dr. Andrea Wallace (University of Exeter) and Douglas McCarthy from the Europeana Foundation.

There will also be pre-conference social events and local tours, and the opportunity to work with other members of the international copyright literacy community.

The call for contributions is open until the 24th of February –

Bookings are open at

If you would like any further information, or would like to discuss a possible presentation, then please contact Marie Lancaster ( or Scott Pryor (

It’s that time of year again! The Archives & Special Collections Group are taking part in the Color Our Collections social media campaign run by the New York Academy of Medicine Library, joining with other libraries, archives, and museums around the world to share free colouring sheets based on materials in our collections.

This year the campaign kicks off on Monday 3rd February and runs through till Saturday 7th February.

Download the book here, 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.

Happy colouring!!

Previous WHELF Colouring books are also available here and here.

WHELF would like to welcome Dr Owain Rhys Roberts who joins us representing The National Library of Wales.

Owain is Director of Collections and Public Programmes and Deputy Chief Executive at The National Library of Wales (NLW) since November 2019. He has an MPhys and PhD in Physics and has worked in various roles at the National Library of Wales since 2009. He has experience in a wide range of areas including digitisation, library systems, change management, digital humanities, library and archival services. In his previous role at NLW he was responsible for physical and digital access to NLW collections in addition to digitisation, outreach and participation activities. In his spare time, he enjoys running and spending time with the family.