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#LoveDigital #CaruDigidol

Alyson Tyler, Libraries Development Programme Manager for MALD writes about #LoveDigital campaign taking place across Wales this week. This post is taken from Alyson Tyler’s Welsh libraries blog

“Libraries of all types across Wales will be celebrating #lovedigital for a week from 21-28th Nov 2015, using the hashtag #lovedigital and #carudigidol in Welsh.


The week builds on the success of last year’s #lovelibraries theme, but is focused on all the digital services libraries offer – each day of the week will be highlighting something different and the benefits of using the service e.g. e-books, e-journals for students etc.

The campaign will help to demonstrate the impact of libraries on digital inclusion in Wales, as well as raise awareness of the digital services available through Welsh libraries, and increase digital participation.

The daily focus with themed hashtag is listed below – not every library is able to offer every service, but many of these are offered across Wales:

  • #E-zines – 21st November
  • #FamilyHistory – 22nd November
  • #E-books / #E-journals – 23rd November
  • #JobSearch – 24th November
  • #E-audio – 25th November
  • #Gaming – 26th November
  • #FreeWiFi / #DigitalFriday – 27th November
  • #Coding – 28th November

Many libraries are holding themed digital events during the week, and a searchable database of them can be found on the Welsh Libraries website. Digital Communities Wales is also working in partnership with public libraries to hold events in libraries to help tackle digital exclusion.

As well as events and daily promotion of different services, there’s an all-Wales e-book reader competition for new people joining their public library service during the week and a digital library quiz! All the information is on the WelshLibraries website.

For library staff in Wales, all the themed bilingual materials and logos can be found in the WelshLibraries staff toolkit. The week is part of the audience development strand of the Libraries Inspire strategy for Welsh libraries. Check out their Twitter and Facebook pages.

Evidence from the Carnegie UK Trust shows that the best way to help people get online for the first time or use a digital service is to find out their interests and start with that. This campaign will hopefully reach new people who may decide to read an e-magazine for the first time, then may be tempted to try using other digital services, and so on”


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Bangor University event for Academic Book Week

Academic Book Week: A celebration of the diversity, innovation and influence of academic books. 9-16 November 2015, all over the UK and beyond.  See more at:

Bangor University Event 11th November: Technolegau Darllen / The Technologies of Reading

Talks open to all staff and students at the University and open to members of the public.

15.00 – 16.00 Lecture Room 1 (LR1) Main Arts

Professor Astrid Ensslin: “Digital Fiction: Texts, Technologies, Techniques of Reading”

Mared Roberts: (presenting in Welsh with simultaneous translation) Describing the DECHE project: a project funded by Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to republish important Welsh language books essential to scholarship through the medium of Welsh that are not in print, as e-books.

Dr Llion Jones: (presenting in Welsh with simultaneous translation) “E-lyfrau trwy lygaid cyhoeddwr Cymraeg” / E-books through the eyes of a Welsh publisher

16.15-17.00 Refreshments in the Main Arts Library

17.00-18.00 Shankland lecture: Dr Eben Muse: “Textual evolution and the future of reading”, Shankland Reading Room, Main Arts Library

Please let us know if you will be attending by emailing

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Cardiff University Event: Innovative approaches to open access

“Moving Beyond Journals and APCs – Innovative Approaches to Open Access”

Wednesday 11th November 2015


Bute Building, Cardiff University, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3NB

This timely event, held within Academic Book Week, will be a forum to discuss innovative Open Access academic publishing ventures. It is open to library staff and other interested people from HEIs in Wales and South-West England.

Speakers from Cardiff University will introduce the ambitions for Cardiff University Press, and invited speaker Dr Caroline Edwards will showcase the strategy behind the Open Library of Humanities. A structured discussion will then allow attendees to examine in more depth the new models and ideas put forward in the presentations.

A buffet lunch will be provided for registered attendees.  Please inform the organiser if you have any special dietary requirements.

Provisional programme

12.00pm-1.00pm  Buffet lunch and registration

1.00pm-1.15pm    Welcome and introduction to event – Janet Peters, Cardiff University

1.15pm-1.45pm    Presentation on the Open Library of Humanities – Dr Caroline Edwards,
Birkbeck, University of London

1.45pm- 2.15pm   Presentation on future ambitions for Cardiff University Press – Dr Paul
Bowman, Cardiff University

2.15pm-2.30pm    Questions for speakers

2.30pm-2.45pm    Break

2.45pm-3.20pm    Group discussions on institutional publishing issues

3.20pm-3.50pm    Group feedback and comments

3.50pm-4.00pm    Final reflections – Janet Peters, Cardiff University

Bookings via Eventbrite:

If you have any queries please contact Cardiff University Press: tel. 029 2087 0965, email , Twitter @CardiffUP

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New Vice-Chair for WHELF

Emma Adamson WHELF is pleased to announce that the new Vice-Chair for 2015-17 is Emma Adamson, University Librarian, Head of Library Services at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Emma joined WHELF in 2010, and from the outset has played a role for WHELF in helping to re-vision a new strategy, mission, action plan and constitution. Emma is the lead on the WHELF Action Plan’s strategic aim 1 focusing on ‘student experience.’ Emma has a keen interest in collection management and development, user engagement, enhancing the student experience and workforce development. We look forward to working with Emma in her new role.

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A new Chair for WHELF

Sue-HodgesWHELF is very pleased to announce that the new Chair for 2015-17 is Sue Hodges, Director of Libraries and Archives, Bangor University. Sue joined WHELF in 2011 when she took up her new post at Bangor University and from the outset has played a key role for WHELF in helping to re-vision a new strategy, mission, action plan  and constitution. Sue has a keen interest in information literacy, research support and institutional respositories, digital content and in enhancing the student experience. Since 2013, Sue has been the Vice-Chair of WHELF and lead of the WHELF Officers Group. We look forward to working with Sue in her new role. WHELF is now in the process of electing a new Vice-Chair.

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International Open Access Week event at Bangor, “The institution as publisher”

International Open Access Week Event, Bangor University “The Institution as a Publisher”

Thursday 22nd October 2015

Management Centre

1-3pm with lunch at 12.30

1-1.45 Scholarly publishing in the library

Graham Stone, Information Resources Manager, Computing and Library Services, University of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield Press was re-launched in 2010. Over the last 5 years the Press has published 12 monographs (6 on open access), 7 open access journals and a number of CD/DVDs through Huddersfield Contemporary Records. This presentation will look at what we have learnt over the past 5 years – some of the pitfalls and successes – and where we hope to go from here. The presentation will also touch briefly on the benefits of possible collaboration between New University Presses.

 1.45-2.30 Two of Us: library/press collaboration

Anthony Cond, Managing Director, Liverpool University Press and Andrew Barker, Head of Academic Liaison & Special Collections & Archives, The University of Liverpool Library.

The emergence of library publishing in the UK, following its continual growth in the US, signals a desire both to challenge and complement long established scholarly publishing practices. But what problems might these perceived solutions actually solve, and how might library publishers, university presses and partnerships between the two actually benefit their host institutions? Showcasing a fruitful publishing partnership in Liverpool, and a compendious knowledge of the Beatles back catalogue, Andrew Barker and Anthony Cond invite you to join a Magical Mystery Tour of library/publisher collaboration.

2.30-3 Discussion about in-house publishing projects that are underway at Bangor University

Free event for WHELF members. To book your place please contact

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New CEO and Librarian for the NLW

This story is sourced from the National Library of Wales website:

“The National Library of Wales Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Tomos as the interim Chief Executive and Librarian.

Sir Deian Hopkin, President of The National Library said:

‘I am very pleased that the Board of Trustees has appointed Linda Tomos as the new interim Chief Executive and Librarian. Linda has had a long association with the Library through her various roles within Welsh Government. Having been an observer on our Board for nine years, she is herself a qualified librarian with a distinguished record in the field of information management.’

Linda will be retiring from her role as Director of MALD (Museums, Archives and Libraries Division), Welsh Government on 31 October 2015 and will commence work at the Library on 1 November 2015.”

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Swansea University celebrates opening the Bay Library

 Yesterday I had the opportunity  to attend the official opening of the new Bay Library at Swansea University’s Bay Campus.

The library was opened by Professor Iwan Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation and External Affairs) along with Lewys Aron, President of Swansea University Students’ Union and Robiu Salisu, Education Officer, Swansea University Students’ Union . In his speech, Professor Davies remarked upon the significance of the library being the first building to officially open on the new campus because of the essential services it provides to students and staff and in support of research excellence.

The £10m library will host ISS’ Library, IT Services, SEA (Swansea Employability Academy) and SALT (Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching) staff, a new Customer Service Team along with the subject teams for Engineering and Management.

The design and layout of the new library looks really impressive offering 600 study spaces.

 There are lots more photographs of the new library available here

Steve Williams, Deputy Director of ISS remarked that “from the early days in 2009, the creation and opening of this new library has been a team effort and we owe thanks to staff from across ISS for enabling this to happen through their dedication and professionalism”. Swansea University looks forward to welcoming students to the new library from the 18th September.

And of course, all great occasions are celebrated with cake!

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Relaunch of the WHELF website

balloon launchWelcome to the new WHELF website! The focus and purpose of the redesign has been to develop the site in order to be able to include content in English and Welsh (content is still being added to these pages so please bear with us whilst this process takes place). Please update your bookmarks to

WHELF would like to thank the Web Team at Swansea University for enabling this to happen by hosting the new website, organizing the transfer of content, site migration and their assistance in design and layout.

If you have any feedback on the website please email the WHELF Development Officer:

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Swansea University goes live with WHELF Shared LMS

WHELF Shared LMS project reaches major milestone

The 23rd June 2015 will be a landmark achievement in the WHELF Shared LMS project as the first institution, Swansea University, goes live with implementation of the latest generation library management system Alma, and the resource discovery service Primo, from Ex Libris. The project has adhered to a rigorous and demanding implementation schedule to reach this milestone.  Andrew Brown, Collections Services and Systems Librarian at Swansea University commented that, “It’s been a real team effort at Swansea University with so many staff involved, and we’ve enjoyed strong support from Gareth Owen, the WHELF programme manager and the ExLibris implementation team”. The remaining institutions from cohort 1 of the project including Aberystwyth University, the University of South Wales and the National Library of Wales will also all be going live within the next few months and the system will be operational across all 11 WHELF institutions and the Welsh NHS Libraries (via Cardiff University) by the end of 2016.

Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism met colleagues working on the WHELF Shared LMS project at the recent CILIP Cymru Wales Conference. He said “Working collaboratively on a shared library management system will bring significant benefits for students, lecturers and library staff, along with financial savings. I am impressed that this excellent example of Welsh institutions working together has received international attention, and I’m pleased that the Welsh Government has been able to support this initiative.”

A shared library management system operating across all WHELF institutions will have far reaching benefits including better service delivery through a single search across all institutions along with the potential to share data and services to increase the value, visibility and relevance of collections. The value of the project has already been recognised with WHELF winning the “Outstanding Library Team” category at the recent Times Higher Education Leadership and Managements Awards 2015 (THELMAs).

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