- Gair am WHELF
- LMS WHELF a Rennir
- Cynlluniau mynediad a benthyca
- Is-grwpiau WHELF
- Aelodau WHELF
- Cysylltwch â ni
Bookings are now open for a TeachMeet on the 6thFebruary, 10-2pm, in Committee Room 1 in the Glamorgan Building at Cardiff University. This has been organised by colleagues at Cardiff University as part of the activities of the WHELF Learning and Teaching Group.
Details of the event:
This event is not aligned to a specific subject area or level. This will be an opportunity for Librarians to come together in an informal setting to share good practice, practical innovations and personal insights into their teaching. This is an opportunity to learn together.
All participants are asked to be prepared to deliver a 2 or 7 minute presentation. On the day, a virtual wheel will be spun and those chosen will be asked to deliver their 2 or 7 minute talk.
By the end of the day attendees should have an understanding of how to improve their confidence in teaching and have some new ideas to apply to their own work situations.
Andrew Green, former Librarian at the National Library of Wales, gave a talk last night at Swansea University on “Celebrating our Research Collections” to mark the 80th anniversary of the university’s first purpose-built building: the 1937 library. The focus of the talk was “prospects for collections – analogue and digital, national and local – in humanities, research and learning”.
Andrew’s talk focused on the value that special collections can bring to their institutions, in particular drawing out three key points:
Andrew highlighted examples of particular merit which showed the possibilities for investment in special collections by a university (or collaboration): the striking Ruskin Library at Lancaster University, the cross-sectoral Hull History Centre and the Keep at Brighton.
WHELF’s Archives & Special Collections group provides a supportive and collaborative network for staff in Welsh HE institutions. A key aspect of their work is to promote their special collections: you can view a selection of “WHELF’s Treasures” on this website.
Andrew Green’s blog can be found at http://gwallter.com.
Update: the full text of Andrew’s talk has now been added to his blog.
It’s International Open Access Week. Take a look at the @WHELFed Twitter feed to see what events the WHELF institutions have planned for this week or search for tweets using the hashtag #OAWeek for wider news.
A summary of key resources, issues, policies and guidelines regarding open access can be accessed here5.5x46.25_OAweekBanner_2017 (1)
Mae’n bleser gan WHELF eich hysbysu bod yr adroddiad canlynol wedi’i gyhoeddi: “Gwerthuso buddion ymagwedd consortiwm at system rheoli llyfrgell WHELF”.
Gyda chymorth ariannol gan JISC, comisiynodd Fforwm Llyfrgelloedd Addysg Uwch Cymru (WHELF) Cambridge Econometrics i gynnal gwerthusiad annibynnol o’r prosiect i gaffael system rheoli llyfrgell a rennir a’i rhoi ar waith yn y naw prifysgol yng Nghymru, ynghyd â Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru a llyfrgelloedd y GIG yng Nghymru Mae’r adroddiad hwn yn darparu fframwaith awdurdodol ac annibynnol ar gyfer nodi a chofnodi’r manteision a gyflawnwyd.
Ategir yr adroddiad gan dair astudiaeth achos ardderchog o Brifysgol Caerdydd, Prifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant a Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru.
Croesawyd yr adroddiad a’r astudiaethau achos gan Emma Adamson, Cadeirydd WHELF a Chyfarwyddwr Gwasanaethau Dysgu ym Mhrifysgol De Cymru: ‘Mae manteision rhannu, a ddatgelwyd gan adroddiad Cambridge Econometrics ar y broses o roi systemau rheoli llyfrgell a rennir, Ex Libris Alba a Primo, ar waith yn llyfrgelloedd WHELF ledled Cymru, yn dystiolaeth glir ac annibynnol o’r gwerth a’r manteision sylweddol sy’n deillio o gydweithio: boed y rhain yn economaidd neu drwy arloesi neu ddatblygu ffyrdd mwy effeithiol ac effeithlon o gydweithio.
Ar ran WHELF, hoffwn ddiolch i JISC, Cambridge Econometrics ac Ex Libris am eu cymorth wrth gomisiynu’r astudiaeth bwysig hon o fanteision rhannu. Hoffwn ddiolch hefyd i bob un o’r 600 o aelodau staff yn y llyfrgelloedd a’u cydweithwyr ar draws sefydliadau WHELF a gyfrannodd at roi’r system rheoli llyfrgell a rennir ar waith ledled Cymru. Maen nhw wedi cydweithio i’n helpu i gyflawni manteision rhannu casgliadau WHELF: er budd dysgwyr ac ymchwilwyr ym mhob man.’
Mae’r adroddiad a’r astudiaethau achos yn amlygu amrywiaeth y manteision a gyflawnwyd gan WHELF, yn eu plith:
Meddai Chris Keene, Pennaeth Dyfodol Llyfrgelloedd ac Ysgolheigaidd yn JISC, “Roedd yn bleser gan JISC gefnogi’r adroddiad annibynnol ar brosiect system rheoli llyfrgell a rennir WHELF – prosiect a gefnogwyd gan JISC ers y dechrau, drwy astudiaeth dichonoldeb yn 2012. Yn ogystal â dangos y gwerth amlwg y gellir ei gyflawni drwy gydweithio, mae’r adroddiad hwn hefyd yn darparu methodoleg y gall gwasanaethau llyfrgell eraill ei defnyddio”.
Meddai Graham Hay o Cambridge Econometrics, “Mae dulliau ansoddol o werthuso effaith rhoi system rheoli llyfrgell a rennir ar waith drwy gydweithio yn gymharol annatblygedig. Drwy ddarparu fframwaith strwythuredig ar gyfer nodi effeithiau mabwysiadu system rheoli llyfrgell a rennir newydd drwy weithio fel consortiwm, a dull dichonol o’u gwerthuso, mae’r adroddiad hwn yn ychwanegiad newydd at yr ymchwil sy’n bodoli yn y maes hwn. Mae’r dull a gyflwynir yn yr adroddiad yn darparu set o offer a fframweithiau y gall sefydliadau addysg uwch eu haddasu i gyd-fynd â’u hamgylchiadau penodol.” Yn ogystal, gellir mireinio’r dull wrth i ragor o wybodaeth, a gwybodaeth well, ddod ar gael dros amser, gan ganiatáu iddo ddatblygu a pharhau’n berthnasol yn y dyfodol.”
Mae’r adroddiad ar gael yma
WHELF: Gareth Owen, Rheolwr Rhaglen y System Rheoli Llyfrgell a Rennir, email@example.com Ffôn: 02922510189
Jisc: Chris Keene, Pennaeth dyfodol llyfrgelloedd ac ysgolheigaidd JISC, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0203 006 6047.
Cambridge Econometrics: Graham Hay, Cyfarwyddwr Cysylltiol, CE, email@example.com, Ffôn: 01223 533100
WHELF was very pleased to have Andy Priestner run a UXLibs workshop at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen campus on 30th June 2017. Many thanks to Nina Whitcombe (Swansea University) and Sue House (University of South Wales) for these excellent blog posts about their experience of the day.
By Nina Whitcombe, Collections Services and Systems Officer at Swansea University:
“I registered for this course as soon as I saw it advertised on the enthusiastic recommendation of a colleague who had already attended training given by Andy Priestner. The course became full very quickly so I am glad that I did manage to book early. After working in academic libraries for longer than I am prepared to admit, it becomes very easy to fall into the mind-set of assuming you have a good grasp on what users want. This training was a timely reminder that user requirements constantly evolve and in order to meet institutional aims for student experience we need to gather behavioural and attitudinal data alongside the more traditional data such as footfall, number of loans etc.
Throughout the day, Andy introduced a variety of ethnographic approaches that can be employed when gathering research data from library users. The results can then be examined to identify how our services and spaces are currently used and how people want to use them. We were given the opportunity to carry out practical examples using the various research methods and encouraged to consider how we could take these ideas away with us and apply them in our own work environments.
The final part of the day covered idea generation and prototyping based on data gathered during research. We worked through a number of practical examples aimed at maximising the value of user feedback. It was reassuring to see how quickly and cheaply user satisfaction with the physical library environment can be improved (strategically placed plants acting as privacy screens on shared study tables). We are currently undergoing a major campus redevelopment project and I am sure there will be the opportunity to try out some of the methods and ideas covered at this event soon”
By Sue House, Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, University of South Wales:
In this slightly unconventional post I’ve tried to use reflective questions learned on a CILIP Professional Registration Workshop & Mentor Information and Support Session from CSO Sharon Cook to share with you a personal evaluative and critical summary of the day.
Why did I do this activity?
What did I learn from it?
I learned a huge amount from this day, the key points for me were:
There are lots of UX library resources available including:
How is this going to change my practice?
How am I going to share this new knowledge?
How am I going to monitor impact?
I will report back on the observations and inductions to my line manager with any suggestions for improvements to library space and services.
Ask yourself – ‘So what’?
The recent updating and development of classic ethnographic research methods to ‘UX’ has really energised many in the library community to gain a better understanding our users. At a time when libraries are under pressure to provide return on investment/value for money and evidence-based services these methods can relatively easily and more effectively inform the strategic and operational direction of the library service at USW. I would advocate that all USW library staff be involved in UX work. Andy was a great trainer and above all else it was a fun day out – yes, really!
Congratulations to Alison Harding who has been elected to the Sconul Executive Board. Alison 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 is also a staff governor on the UWTSD Council. She has worked previously at UWIC (now CMU), University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport (now USW).
Alison is the institutional representative on the WHELF (Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum) Group, and also a member of the SCONUL (Society of College, University and National Libraries) Access Steering Group.
Her professional interests are library and learning space design, opening up access to resources and services, and library collaboration and partnerships. Alison is a mentor within the ‘Women in Universities Mentoring’ scheme, and has acted as a Leadership Foundation ‘Aurora’ role model.
Global Library Excellence Tour – 14th September, Cardiff Central Library
More information including programme and registration: http://libraryexcellence.com/
The Library Global Excellence Tour 2017 is primarily aimed at senior leaders in public and academic libraries in the UK and Ireland. The tour, completely free to attend thanks to our sponsors, is designed to showcase global excellence and ambition in library service delivery and to inspire library leaders to achieve excellence in their service.
This is a free event and an opportunity for non-librarians too to see just what state and national library tech and infrastructure in US, Australia and Europe have delivered and to hear from the best in the UK.
CILIP Cymru Wales have three events planned for the 9th of October in Cardiff. All three are open to CILIP members and non-members alike. CILIP Cymru would like you to get involved and share your experiences around the three themes. Places are limited- for each session, if you would like to come please book a place.
Copyright; Come and play the Game with Jane Secker. 10:30-13:00 £10 CILIP member, £20 non-member
Ethically Speaking. 14:00-16:00 An interactive workshop with Nick Poole and Guy Daines. This workshop forms part of CILIP Ethics Review and is an opportunity for those in the profession in Wales to contribute. No charge
Privacy Seminar. 16:00-17:00. Both Nick Poole and Guy Daines will present a seminar on the work CILIP is doing in this area. No charge.
Here is a link to all events mentioned https://www.cilip.org.uk/about/devolved-nations/cilip-cymru-wales
If you would like to know more about CILIP Ethics Review details can be found here: https://www.cilip.org.uk/research/topic
The Academic Book of the Future Project has published the findings from its 2 year project. The report by Marilyn Deegan states that:
“the academic book/monograph is still greatly valued in the academy for many
reasons: the ability to produce a sustained argument within a more
capacious framework than that permitted by the article format; the
engagement of the reader at a deep level with such arguments; its
central place in career progression in the arts and humanities; its
reach beyond the academy (for some titles) into bookshops and into
the hands of a wider public. It seems that the future is likely to be a
mixed economy of print, e-versions of print, and networked
enhanced monographs of greater or lesser complexity” (pg. 7)
The reports are available in full to to read from the project website
Outputs from the research project have also been published as a BOOC (Book as Open Online Content) published by UCL Press and can be accessed here