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The WHELF Representatives met via videoconference on Tuesday 7th February 2017. These are some of the topics that were discussed at this meeting.
Digital preservation/digital repositories: The National Library of Wales are organizing an event at the end of March to provide a forum to facilitate open discussions on the digital preservation requirements of WHELF and ARCW (Archives and Record Council Wales). There will be breakout sessions held in the afternoon which will provide a forum to discuss and define further requirements for a digital repository.
Academic Book Week: Sue Hodges had delivered a presentation on the “Treasures of Wales” at the British Library during Academic Book Week (23rd-28th Jan). The presentation was followed by a discussion on how we can open up our Collections.
WHELF Shared LMS: Work is being progressed by a number of Project Boards to capitalise on the opportunities that the shared LMS has opened up for WHELF. The Cataloguing Project Board are exploring the opportunities offered by Jisc’s National Bibliographic Knowledgebase project. WHELF will have a representative on the NBK Steering group to develop this.
Cambridge Econometrics will produce a draft report by the end of February as part of the Jisc funded project to identify the benefits of the WHELF Shared LMS. The draft report is supplemented by three WHELF institutions case studies from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the National Library of Wales and Cardiff University. The final report will be disseminated later in the year.
Reading lists: There is an opportunity to run a joint tendering exercise for WHELF to procure reading list management software. Although WHELF institutions are at different stages in their current contracts there was agreement that a joint tender could be explored further. Cardiff and Swansea University will meet to discuss this procurement exercise further and make recommendations for WHELF.
Changes to the WHELF Executive: It was Sue Hodges last meeting as WHELF Chair as she retires from Bangor University at the end of February. She was presented with flowers and thanked for Chairing WHELF over the last 18 months and for all her hard work, commitment as a member during the last 5 and a half years. Steve Williams, University Librarian Head of Libraries, Archives, Culture and Arts, Swansea University (firstname.lastname@example.org) was formally ratified as new Vice Chair of WHELF and Emma Adamson, Director of Learning Services, University of South Wales (email@example.com) will take over as Chair from 1st March.
This event will provide a forum for the discussion of WHELF and ARCW (Archives and Record Council Wales) digital preservation requirements, and demonstrate the progress that has been made in developing a technical infrastructure for ARCW. The breakout sessions will provide an opportunity to further define requirements for future development.
Please book a.s.a.p. via https://arcwwhelfdigitalpreservation.eventbrite.co.uk
10.30 Arrival, registration and refreshments
10:.50 Welcome – Linda Tomos, National Librarian, NLW
11:00 Sarah Higgins, Lecturer, Aberystwyth University and Sally McInnes, Chair ARCW Digital Preservation Sub-Group and Joint Chair WHELF ASC Group: Demonstrating Collective Responsibility and Technical Innovation through the work of the ARCW Digital Preservation Group
11.30 Steve Williams, Vice-Chair of WHELF, University Librarian and Head of Libraries, Archives, Culture and Arts at Swansea University: WHELF Vision for a Wales-Wide Digital Repository
12.00 Jake Henry, ARCW Digital Preservation Project Officer, Liam Tomkins and Charles Dixon, ARCW Project Developers: End to end preservation system demonstration
12.30 Glen Robson, Head of Systems, NLW: Displaying digital information in new ways through IIIF
2.00 Paula Keogh, Arkivum Client Manager for UK Heritage Sector: Perpetua demonstration
2.30 Two breakout sessions: ARCW to be led by Jake Henry and WHELF to be led by Glen Robson
3.15 Report back
The National Library of Wales and Cardiff University are pleased to announce the signing of a collaboration agreement which outlines ways in which the two institutions will work together in the future.
The National Library (NLW) and Cardiff University have a long history of collaboration, including recently on the award winning WHELF LMS project to procure a new shared Library Management System for the sector. This new agreement builds on previous successes and will provide benefits for the general public as well as to the current users of both libraries.
As well as joint exhibitions, lectures and other events, students and the wider public will be able to access NLW digital collections and resources from its new base located within the Arts and Social Studies Library of Cardiff University, which until now has only been available on site in Aberystwyth, including its screen and sound archive.
Linda Tomos, Chief Executive and Librarian, NLW said:
“This new and exciting arrangement between the National Library and Cardiff University provides further proof that the Library remains at the forefront of new ways of opening up the national collections to all, wherever they live or work.”
Janet Peters, Director of Cardiff University Libraries, said:
“We look forward to welcoming new readers to the dedicated NLW space in the Arts and Social Studies Library and to providing the same range of digital resources to our students and researchers as they would find in Aberystwyth. We shall literally have a national library on our doorstep.”
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[This press release courtesy of NLW and Cardiff University]
WHELF congratulates Emma Adamson on her new role of Chair of WHELF from March 1st 2017. Emma is the Director of Learning Services at the University of South Wales and has been a member of WHELF since 2010.Emma became Vice-Chair of WHELF in 2015 and now steps into the role of Chair following the retirement of Sue Hodges.
We also welcome Steve Williams who has been elected as the new Vice-Chair of WHELF. Steve is University Librarian and Head of Libraries, Archives, Culture and Arts at Swansea University and has been a member of WHELF since 2015.
Steve is also to be congratulated on his appointment as a Trustee for the National Library of Wales. He also represents WHELF on the SCONUL Executive Board.
We very much look forward to working with Emma and Steve in their new roles for WHELF.
Mairwen Owen, Head of Academic Services will be the new WHELF representative for Bangor University following Sue Hodges’ retirement.
We bid farewell at the end of this month to Sue Hodges, Chair of WHELF and Director of Libraries and Archives at Bangor University. Sue joined WHELF in 2011 and played a key role in developing a new governance structure for WHELF with establishing the WHELF Officers group and in the writing of a formal Constitution. She also contributed greatly to the writing of WHELF’s new Strategy and Action Plan. Sue was Vice-Chair of WHELF from 2013-2015 and then stepped into the role of Chair in October 2015. Sue is not quite ready to retire and intends to work part-time doing coaching and mentoring training and also some teaching in coaching, leadership and management. WHELF thanks Sue for her support of WHELF activities and her commitment and enthusiasm in the roles of Vice-Chair and Chair. We wish her all the very best for the future.
Judith Agus, former College Librarian at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), sadly passed away on Tuesday 14th February 2017. Judith retired from RWCMD in December 2014 and was a greatly respected and dedicated librarian and a really valued member of WHELF. She will be sadly missed.
The following information from the website of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama highlights the contribution that Judith made to the profession:
“Judith was the College’s Librarian from December 1995 to December 2014 and during that time made a significant number of changes and improvements to the Library, professionalising resources and transforming it into the much-valued service it is today.
Forward thinking, Judith significantly raised awareness of the importance of Library services within the HE and Peer Group; she was a great ambassador for the College and a much-respected colleague.
Judith was awarded a President’s Medal at the Graduation Ceremony in July 2014 in recognition of her long and distinguished service to the College. She took a special interest in our students’ personal development and continued to follow with interest the careers of our graduates even after her retirement
Our thoughts are with Judith’s family at this very sad time” (http://blog.rwcmd.ac.uk/2017/02/15/in-memory-of-judith-agus/)
The National Library of Wales (NLW) have launched a consultation on their Strategy, “Safeguarding Wales’ Culture and Heritage for All: Moving the National Library Forward 2017-2021”. NLW would like to engage with as many people as possible in the consultation to get the views of the people who visit and use its services and resources. Further information and links to the Strategy and Questionnaire can be accessed here.
The consultation ends on the 10th February 2017.
Every year WHELF and HEWIT organise a residential colloquium at Gregynog Hall, the University of Wales’ conference centre. This is an annual opportunity for Library and IT staff and practitioners at all levels to collaborate and share best practice.
This year’s Colloquium will be held from 12th-16th June 2017 and is jointly organised by UWTSD and Swansea University. The overarching theme is ‘Advocacy, Engagement and the Student Experience’ and we are seeking presentations or workshops in the following broad areas:
· Learning spaces; physical and digital
· How students engage with digital resources
· Managing resources in challenging times/Impact of Brexit
· Virtual enquiry services
· Digital repositories and open access
· Measuring the impact of research e.g. bibliometrics, altmetrics
· Use of Analytics
· Realising the benefits of the LMS
· NSS/Student Experience
· Marketing and Communications
We are particularly look for presentations on approaches to the NSS/Student Experience for the Wednesday crossover day so as to share ideas and practice with our colleagues across both library and IT. Please include a brief description of the presentation or workshop and email all suggested submissions by Friday 24th February to: email@example.com
Even if your suggestion doesn’t fit, or you don’t think it fits into these areas, we are open to looking at all ideas for talks.
Gregynog Library Organising Group
Academic Book Week celebrates the diversity, innovation and influence of academic books in all their forms and will be taking place from the 23rd-28th January 2017. In support of this event WHELF will be holding a workshop on the theme of “The Academic Book of the Past/The Academic Book of the Future: the Role of Special Collections in Academic Libraries and beyond”, at the British Library on Wednesday 25th January from 10:30am-12:30pm. It will be led by Sue Hodges, Chair of WHELF and Director of Libraries & Archives at Bangor University and Emma Adamson, Vice Chair of WHELF and Director of Learning Services at the University of South Wales. There will be a presentation about the “Treasures of Wales” followed by a discussion on how we can all open up our Collections. For more details and to register for this event please click here
A list of all the events that are taking place across the UK as part of Academic Book Week can be accessed here
This year LILAC (Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference) will be taking place from the 10-12th April 2017 at Swansea University’s Bay Campus. This conference is “aimed at librarians and information professionals who teach information literacy skills, are interested in digital literacies and who want to improve the information seeking and evaluation skills of all library users whoever they may be. The conference incorporates keynote speeches and parallel sessions covering many different areas of the field, from school to academic libraries, from public sector to national libraries” (quote from the LILAC website).
Early bird bookings are now open, book before the 13th February to take advantage of the discount (http://www.lilacconference.com/lilac-2017/book-your-place)
Nominations for the LILAC Information Literacy Awards 2017 are also now open, for more details see http://www.lilacconference.com/lilac-2017/awards