Fforwm Llyfrgelloedd Addysg Uwch Cymru

Posted in WHELF

(English) Report from the CILIP Cymru/Wales conference

Sorry, this entry is only available in Saesneg Prydain. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

I recently attended the CILIP Cymru/Wales conference held in Llandudno 11th-12th May 2017. Thank you to MALD (Welsh Government, Museum, Archives & Libraries Division) for providing me with a sponsored place for the Thursday, this is my report from some of the sessions of that day.

Linda Tomos (Chief Executive and Librarian, National Library of Wales) opened the conference with a networking master class. It was interesting to hear Linda’s breadth of experience in the library world and how valuable networking can be to help develop productive relationships and strengthen professional confidence. Linda recognised that as a profession we are sometimes not “loud enough” and networking is a way strengthen and advocate for the profession. Undoubtedly, the profession has a number of strong networks including, CILIP, SCL (Society of Chief Librarians) and of course WHELF. Collaborative groups such as these create opportunities and strength through their networks. Linda suggested that perhaps it is time to reinvigorate the lottery funded People’s Network to develop a museum archives and library network for the 21st century.

A question from the floor quizzed Linda on what she would suggest is the best way to engage with politicians in order to advocate for our profession. She suggested that networking again was key in this situation; be strategic, develop knowledge of their portfolio, what are the problems and issues for them and then present the library as the cost effective solution to a problem. Politicians listen to solutions.

With an implementation date of 25th May 2018 for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to come into force in the European Union, it was timely to hear from David Teague  (Information Commissioner’s Office, Wales) on “GDPR: a design for life”.  The current Data Protection Act came into force in 1998 and since then the world has seen a period of rapid development. There is a huge issue of trying to control data in a world of constantly changing and developing technology. Our organizations can prepare themselves for the reforms by following the 12 steps on the ICO website. And then there is the issue that when the UK adopts the Act we will still be part of the EU but this will not be the situation once Brexit is implemented. Interesting times….

I attended the breakout session, ” Marketing to thrive and survive” with Giles Lloyd Brown and Sian Nielson from Swansea University. Although a library Marketing Group was already in existence it needed reinvigorating in order to ensure coordination of activities across teams and sites. Changes in the delivery of enquiry services within the Library had also raised concerns around whether the subject librarians were still engaging and reaching out to students. The year has seen a number of successful campaigns, from the use of pop up banners to promote the Library during Freshers Week, to Survive and Thrive, reaching out to students to help with their assignments and promote LibGuides; through to Pryderi the Parrot to raise awareness of plagiarism. Lessons learnt from their marketing activities included the importance of gathering statistics to start collecting evidence of engagement and for future benchmarking. The group’s marketing success has been evidenced this year by winning the HE category of the Welsh Libraries Marketing Awards 2017.

I found Neil Frude’s presentation on “Bibliotherapy: strategy, schemes, struggles and successes” particularly interesting. Although I had heard of the “Books on Prescription” scheme I was not fully aware of its origins and the weight of evidence there is for the positive impact it can have on helping with mental health issues.  The first “Books on Prescription” scheme originated in Wales and was devised by Professor Frude. The scheme provides high quality self help books as a type of therapy suitable for those identified as being at step 2 of the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines for the identification of mental health disorders. Mental health services are increasingly under pressure, Professor Frude stated that 1 in 6 in the UK has a diagnosable mental health condition, and with limited numbers of therapists and psychologists available (1 therapist to 1000 people needing help!) these needs cannot be met. There is strong scientific evidence that therapy books are just as effective for treatment for this group of sufferers as group or individual therapies and is an excellent and often preferred alternative to prescription drugs. The “Books on Prescription” scheme model has been adopted in the UK and rolled out in many other countries across the world. Unfortunately the scheme in Wales has become virtually defunct but there was strong support in the room that the scheme should be restarted and SCL Wales (Society of Chief Librarians) are leading the approach on this. In my opinion the “Books on Prescription” scheme aligns itself very closely with the objectives of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (Wales) and must surely be reinstated in Wales.

The conference evening dinner saw the announcement of the Welsh Librarian of the Year Award. The winner was Wendy Foster, Knowledge Services Manager at Glangwili Hospital Library and a lifetime acheivement award presented to Hywel James, Principal Librarian, Gwynedd Service. It was great to read and see the many nominations across the profession, recognising the depth and breadth of the profession.

Thank you to Kathryn Parry (Development Manager, CILIP Cymru Wales) and all of the CILIP Cymru Wales Committee for providing an excellent programme and stimulating conference.

Rachael Whitfield, WHELF Development Officer


Posted in events, workforce development Tagged with: ,

(English) Gregynog Colloquium 2017 – open for booking

Sorry, this entry is only available in Saesneg Prydain. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

The Gregynog Colloquium has been organized this year by UWTSD and Swansea University and will take place between 12th-16th June 2017.

This year’s Library programme is a varied mix of topics linked to the theme of ‘Advocacy, Engagement and the Student Experience’ and welcomes Michael Jubb of the Academic Book of the Future project; Andrew Harrison, Director of Spaces that Work and Professor of Practice at UWTSD; and Tania Olson and Sandra Reed from the University of the Arts London to give the keynote address.

The IT programme is also varied and includes presentations on information security, analytics, staff development, Powershell and Office 365, service management and many others.

Wednesday is a crossover day with presentations from 11:30 onwards which will be of interest to both Library and IT colleagues.

The draft programme and the booking form are on the website  http://www.gregynog-lis.org/

Posted in events, student experience Tagged with: , ,

Digwyddiad: Llyfrgellwyr yn Cefnogi’r Broses Ymchwil

Digwyddiad Grŵp Ymchwil WHELF

Ymunwch â ni i glywed gan ymchwilwyr rydym wedi gwahodd i siarad am eu proses ymchwil nhw, yr adegau straenus, a’r gefnogaeth ddefnyddiol a gânt gan y gwasanaeth llyfrgell.  Mae gennym hefyd siaradwr gwadd, Dr Penny Dowdney, fydd yn rhannu ei harbenigedd mewn cefnogi datblygiad ymchwilwyr ym Mhrifysgol Bangor a thrwy Vitae, sefydliad yn y Deyrnas Unedig sy’n cefnogi datblygiad personol a phroffesiynol myfyrwyr a staff ymchwil mewn sefydliadau addysg uwch a sefydliadau ymchwil.  Bydd hwn yn ddigwyddiad rhwydweithio i’r holl lyfrgellwyr sy’n gweithio ym maes cefnogi ymchwil, neu â diddordeb ynddo, lle byddwn yn trafod y gefnogaeth a rown ar hyn o bryd i ymchwilwyr ac ystyried sut gallwn godi ymwybyddiaeth a marchnata ein gwasanaethau i ymchwilwyr.

8th May 1pm-4pm Prifysgol Caerdydd, archebwch eich lle yma: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/librarians-supporting-the-research-lifecycle-tickets-33493811893

9th May 10am-2pm, Prifysgol Abertawe, archebwch eich lle yma: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/librarians-supporting-the-research-lifecycle-tickets-33497817875

10th May 1pm-4pm Prifysgol Bangor, cysylltwch â Chris Roberts c.a.roberts@bangor.ac.uk i archebu lle



Posted in RDM, research, Blog Grwp Ymchwil, research support, workforce development Tagged with:

(English) WHELF meeting update

Sorry, this entry is only available in Saesneg Prydain. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

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 (s.r.williams@swansea.ac.uk) was formally ratified as new Vice Chair of WHELF and Emma Adamson, Director of Learning Services, University of South Wales (emma.adamson@southwales.ac.uk)  will take over as Chair from 1st March.


Posted in news, repositories, WHELF, Whelf shared LMS

Digwyddiad cadwedigaeth ddigidol – ARCW/WHELF 28.3.2017

Pwrpas y digwyddiad yma yw darparu fforwm i trafod gofynion cadwedigaeth ddigidol WHELF a CACC, a dangos y cynnydd wrth ddatblygu isadeiledd technegol i CACC. Bydd y sesiynau trafod yn rhoi cyfle i ddiffinio gofynion ar gyfer datblygiadau ymhellach yn y dyfodol.

Dilynwch y linc yma i cadarnhau eich lle os gwelwch yn dda: https://arcwwhelfdigitalpreservation.eventbrite.co.uk

10:30   Cyrraedd, cofrestri a lluniaeth

10:50     Croeso – Linda Tomos, Llyfrgellydd LLGC

11:00     Sarah Higgins, Darlithydd Prifysgol Aberystwyth a Sally McInnes, Cadeirydd Is-grŵp Cadwedigaeth Ddigidol CACC a Chadeirydd ar y Cyd Grŵp Archifau a Chasgliadau Arbennig WHELF:  Arddangos Cydgyfrifoldeb ac Arloesedd Technegol drwy waith y Grŵp Cadwedigaeth Ddigidol CACC

11:30     Steve Williams, Is-gadeirydd WHELF, Llyfrgellydd Prifysgol, a Phennaeth Llyfrgelloedd, Archifau, Diwylliant a Chelfyddydau Prifysgol Abertawe: Gweledigaeth WHELF ar gyfer Cadwrfa Ddigidol Cymru-Eang

12:00   Jake Henry, Swyddog Prosiect Cadwedigaeth Ddigidol, Liam Tomkins a Charles Dixon, Datblygwyr Prosiect CACC: Arddangosiad system cadwedigaeth

12:30   Glen Robson, Pennaeth Systemau LLGC – Cyflwyno gwybodaeth ddigidol mewn ffyrdd newydd trwy ddefnyddio IIIF

13:00   Cinio

14.00   Paula Keogh, Rheolwr Cleientiaid Arkivum ar gyfer Sector Treftadaeth y DU: Arddangos Perpetua

14:30   Sesiynau Grŵp: Jake Henry I arwain aelodau CACC a Glen Robson I arwain aelodau WHELF

15:15   Adrodd nôl

15:45   Diweddglo

Posted in archives & special collections, collaboration, digitisation, repositories, research

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru @Caerdydd

Mae Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru a Phrifysgol Caerdydd yn falch o gyhoeddi arwyddo cytundeb cydweithredu sy’n amlinellu’r ffyrdd y bydd y ddau sefydliad yn gweithio gyda’i gilydd yn y dyfodol.

Mae hanes hir o gydweithredu rhwng y Llyfrgell Genedlaethol a Phrifysgol Caerdydd, gan gynnwys ar y prosiect arobryn WHELF LMS diweddar i gaffael System Rheoli Llyfrgelloedd newydd ar gyfer y sector. Mae’r cytundeb newydd yn adeiladu ar lwyddiannau blaenorol a bydd yn darparu buddion i’r cyhoedd yn gyffredinol yn ogystal ag i ddefnyddwyr presennol y ddwy lyfrgell.

Yn ogystal ag arddangosfeydd ar y cyd, darlithoedd a digwyddiadau eraill, bydd myfyrwyr a’r cyhoedd ehangach yn gallu cael mynediad at gasgliadau ac adnoddau digidol Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru o’i ganolfan newydd a leolir yn Llyfrgell y Celfyddydau ac Astudiaethau Cymdeithasol Prifysgol Caerdydd, sydd hyd yn hyn ond wedi bod ar gael ar y safle yn Aberystwyth, gan gynnwys ei archif sgrin a sain.

Dywedodd Linda Tomos, Prif Weithredwr a Llyfrgellydd  y llyfrgell Genedlaethol:

“Mae’r trefniant newydd a chyffrous hwn rhwng y Llyfrgell Genedlaethol a Phrifysgol Caerdydd yn brawf pellach bod y Llyfrgell yn parhau i fod ar flaen y gad o ran cyflwyno ffyrdd newydd o agor y casgliadau cenedlaethol i bawb, lle bynnag y maent yn byw neu’n gweithio.”

Dywedodd Janet Peters, Cyfarwyddwr Llyfrgelloedd Prifysgol Caerdydd:

“Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at groesawu darllenwyr newydd i ofod pwrpasol y Llyfrgell Genedlaethol yn y Llyfrgell y Celfyddydau ac Astudiaethau Cymdeithasol ac i ddarparu’r un ystod o adnoddau digidol i’n myfyrwyr ac ymchwilwyr fel y byddent yn cael yn Aberystwyth. Bydd gennym lyfrgell genedlaethol yn llythrennol ar garreg ein drws. ”


Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Elin-Hâf, 01970 632471 neu post@llgc.org.uk

Posted in collaboration, news

(English) New Chair and Vice-Chair for WHELF

Sorry, this entry is only available in Saesneg Prydain. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

Emma Adamson, Chair of WHELF and Director of Learning Services, University of South Wales.

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 Williams, Vice Chair of WHELF and Head of Libraries, Archives, Culture and Arts, Swansea University

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.

Posted in news, WHELF

(English) Farewell to Sue Hodges

Sorry, this entry is only available in Saesneg Prydain. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

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.

Sue Hodges (7th from right) with WHELF Representatives at the October 2016 meeting, Gregynog Hall

Posted in news

(English) In memory of Judith Agus

Sorry, this entry is only available in Saesneg Prydain. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

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/)

Judith Agus (left, 2nd row from front) with WHELF Representatives Feburary 2013

Posted in Uncategorised

(English) NLW Strategy Review 2017

Sorry, this entry is only available in Saesneg Prydain. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

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.

Posted in archives & special collections