Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum

WHELF Annual Report 2017-18

The WHELF Annual Report for the academic year 2017-18 is now available. The report highlights the collective work of WHELF along with news and developments from the WHELF institutions. The report can be downloaded in English or Welsh from the links below:

English

Cymraeg

We need to talk about KIM

Thank you Tegid Rhys Williams for this report.

NRW-English

Learning Analytics Webinar: report

At the launch of the Learning Analytics Cymru  (LA Cymru) last year, participants recognised that learning analytics are a fruitful area for collaboration, and expressed an interest in building ‘communities of experience’. 

JISC have engaged a consultant, Kerr Gardiner, to help coordinate this. On Monday 18th March, colleagues from across WHELF took part in a webinar led by Kerr, which was organised by Dr Andrew Dalgleish, WHELF Representative for the University of South Wales.

One of the key outcomes is that members understand the need for institutions to manage the LA Cymru project strategically and will engage within their home institution to do so. They will also look to ensure that data provisioning is strategically aligned.

WHELF members agreed to make LA Cymru part of their agenda and to create sub-groups when necessary. It was noted that Libraries collect and manage data in different ways and that WHELF has a strong network across Wales which it can draw upon to support the LA Cymru project and share knowledge.

WHELF would welcome more discussion with the JISC LA project team on the role that libraries can play, in order to clarify how they can support LA activity. To achieve this, an LA Cymru briefing document and roadmap to align their library activity with would be useful.

WHELF would like to thank Kerr for setting up this informative webinar which has given us much to discuss and explore.

 



Learning Analytics Webinar

On Monday 18th March, WHELF colleagues will have the opportunity to take part in a webinar which was organised by Andrew Dalgliesh, our new Representative for the University of South Wales. Andrew says:

At the launch of the Learning Analytics Cymru project last year, it was recognised that learning analytics are a fruitful area for collaboration, and interest was expressed in building ‘communities of experience’.  For us it could mean an opportunity to

*Share experience of how our libraries are engaging with wider strategic objectives in this space
*Share perspectives on which library/e-resource data can usefully contribute to learning analytics
*Share expertise (especially from our LMS experts) about extracting data and making it fit for purpose
*Provide a forum for discussing how to interpret data and sharing what support interventions are appropriate and effective

JISC have engaged a consultant, Kerr Gardiner who has offered to do a webinar for WHELF to give us common understanding of the learning analytics projects and their implications for institutional change, and hear from us about how we might want to get involved.

This promises to be an interesting and informative session.

Congratulations Steve!

Steve Williams is our new Chair of the Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF), a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), a trustee of Lyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru (National Library of Wales) and sits on the CILIP Board. He is a member of various university committees and groups including the REF Strategy Group and the Student Partnership and Engagement Committee. Steve is a founder member of the University’s History of Computing Collection. Steve is Head of Libraries, Archives, Culture and Arts, responsible for the strategic planning, development and delivery of Culture, Arts, Libraries and Museum services across the University’s campuses. From leading the development team responsible for the Bay Library on the University’s £450m Bay Campus, to Open Scholarship and Digital Humanities, he is responsible for a wide range of projects and services.

New Vice Chair – Alison Harding

Alison Harding was appointed to the post of Executive Head of Library and Learning Resources at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in July 2016, having previously held a number of roles within the library service of UWTSD. She has worked previously at Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales. Alison’s professional interests are learning spaces design, curriculum and collection decolonization, and staff and student wellbeing. Alison also firmly believes in the power of library collaborations and partnerships, and challenging the concept of library neutrality. In her current role Alison has spent considerable time reflecting and developing her own leadership style, and encouraging and empowering her team to do the same. She currently represents WHELF on the SCONUL Executive Board. Alison is also an ‘Aurora’ and SCONUL mentor, and a founding member of the UWTSD Women’s Network.

WHELF LMS Business Manager post

Excellent opportunity for WHELF members – WHELF LMS Business Manager post.  Closing date is 22 March.  Post details available here: https://tinyurl.com/y5bk95t2

UK Regional Consortia Managers’ Meeting – Wednesday 30 January 2019

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.

https://www.senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/about-us/library-news/new-exhibition-staging-magic-story-behind-illusion-opens-jan-2019

Agenda items:Plan S and UK SCL:

For more information see: https://www.coalition-s.org/

  • Remains unclear how it will work in practice, and what would happen if an institution did not sign up or comply.
  • Research funders need to buy into it for it to work c.f. Research Excellence Framework?
  • May lead to move away from purchasing large online journal packages and using budgets to obtain/access e-resources?
  • Is Plan S the “GDPR of 2019”


Public Sector (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018:

     Demonstrating value for money for membership

  • Annual Report/Newsletters
  • SIGS (eg WHELF subgroups)
  • Task and Finish Groups
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • How do find out what our members want?

     Buddying Schemes

  • NC, NoWAL and Mercian use these. Avoid term “mentoring” as this implies paper based and formal. Mercian have also used Talent Management.
  • Basically way for staff to add to their CPD by visiting other libraries within their consortium and share knowledge and practices. (eg WHELF on Tour)

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.

Congratulations Gareth!

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.

Gareth says:

“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.”

 

Welcome Tracey!

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

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