ARCW and WHELF Digital Preservation event 28.3.2017

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

1.00                 Lunch

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

3.45                 Close

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The National Library of Wales @Cardiff

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.”

Further Information:
Elin-Hâf 01970 632471 or post@llgc.org.uk

[This press release courtesy of NLW and Cardiff University]

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New Chair and Vice-Chair for WHELF

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.

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Farewell to Sue Hodges

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

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In memory of Judith Agus

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

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NLW Strategy Review 2017

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.

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Call for papers – Gregynog Colloquium 2017

[Photo: Clem Onojeghuo – Unsplash]

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

·         TEF

·         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: s.b.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk

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.

 Regards,

 Gregynog Library Organising Group

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Academic Book Week

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

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LILAC conference 10-12th April 2017

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

 

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Event report: WHELF Employability LibTeachMeets

Many thanks to Helen Bader (Assistant Librarian (Drama), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) for writing this report on her experience of attending the recent Employability LibTeachMeet at Swansea University:

In November 2016 the WHELF Learning and Teaching Group held an Employability LibTeachMeet at Swansea University’s Bay Campus. The event followed on from two previous LibTeachMeets earlier in the year, at Aberystwyth University and Bangor University.  The programme promised an interesting and varied line-up of speakers and attracted more than 20 delegates from libraries across Mid- and South Wales.

The day began with an eagerly-anticipated tour of the new Bay Library, which currently supports more than 5,000 engineering and management students and staff based at the Bay Campus. There were plenty of students using the study areas, but the spacious and open design (complete with natural light and some wonderful sea views) ensured that the library didn’t feel overcrowded. I particularly liked the variety of study spaces available – especially the stand-alone soundproof ‘pod’ for group work – which I felt would help to make the library a comfortable and inviting place to work.

After the tour it was time for the LibTeachMeet proper to begin. The first presentation was given by Ellie Downes, a Library Support Assistant at Aberystwyth University. She offered her perspective on recognising transferable skills in students and library staff, based on her experiences as an undergraduate, graduate library trainee and current Masters student. Ellie highlighted some of the key employability skills that library staff can help students to develop, such as the ability to navigate and critically evaluate information sources.

Next up was Karen Dewick, the Customer Services Team Co-ordinator (Information Services and Systems) at Swansea University, who provided an opportunity for delegates to reflect on their own employability skills in her workshop-style session – a useful exercise for those of us who haven’t completed a job application in a while!

A delicious buffet lunch followed, thanks to sponsorship from the CILIP Information Literacy Group, with time afterwards to wander the few steps down to the beach with coffee in hand. It was hard to tear myself away from the picture-postcard view, but fortunately the afternoon’s presentations were able to tempt me back inside.

Both Sarah Gwenlan, from Aberystwyth University, and Susan Glen, from Swansea University, examined how their respective library services were supporting the employability agenda as part of larger, university-wide initiatives. Sarah described the work of Aber’s Employability Action Group and the contribution of the Information Services department to the development and delivery of joint workshops, the signposting of employability resources and an employability guide. Susan talked about supporting the employability skills of researchers at Swansea through the library’s participation in the postgraduate training programme, which offers a Skills Development Award mapped to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.

The final two presentations of the day were both delivered by staff members of the Swansea Employability Academy. Rebecca Vaughan outlined the Swansea Employability Academy Award, a modular course that allows students to undertake their own personal career journey and gives them the skills to learn, reflect and develop professionally along the way. Rebecca’s colleague Gareth Hill concluded the LibTeachMeet with another workshop session which encouraged us to think about how we could get students and staff to engage in and see the value of employability initiatives. He emphasised the importance of ‘trial and error’ – having the confidence to try different approaches and evaluate whether they work, without being paralysed by the fear of failure. His philosophy of making ‘marginal gains’ was also very thought-provoking – rather than coming up with one big idea for developing employability skills, try making lots of small changes/improvements that together will add up to a significant step forward.

Many thanks to the WHELF Learning and Teaching Group, in particular Philippa Price, for organising such an enjoyable and stimulating event, and to the CILIP Information Literacy Group for their sponsorship. (Read Philippa Price’s blog post of the day here)

View presentations from the day here

All images licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

A second event was held at Bangor University, thank you to Mairwen Owen (Academic Support Librarian, Bangor University) and Beth Hall (Research Support Librarian, Bangor University) for this report from their event:

The aim of this event was to;

  • Explore employability strategy across WHELF institutions
  • Discuss the issues of embedding employability within teaching sessions
  • Highlight the role of the Library within the employability remit
  • Investigate digital literacy
  • Provide a forum for current Library and Information students to experience discussion on current practice within HE institutions.

Invited to this workshop were members of the Employability team at Bangor University, the Bangor University Study Skills team, Students currently studying BSc (Hons) Library & Information Management Top Up and FdSc Library & Information Practice will be invited to attend as well as Library staff from both Bangor and Glyndwr.  An invitation was extended to members of the North Wales Partnership Group.

The day was set in two halves.  The morning session concentrated on the student aspect of employability and information literacy with the afternoon session looking at employability and library staff.

The morning session began with an introduction to the Bangor Employability Award (BEA) by Marie Roberts from the Bangor Employability team.  The Bangor Employability Award scheme aims to combine the structure of a personal professional development plan with career advice and employability skills training. This is achieved by students participating in employability-enhancing activities such as attending guest lectures, conferences, being a member of clubs or societies, all forms of work experience, volunteering and staff / student committee representation.  Students accumulate employability points, 200 points are required to qualify for the Bangor Employability Award with a record of achievement certificate given when graduating. Recognised employability skills training run by the Library have included library database workshops, student library ambassador project and volunteering with the Archives Service.

This session was followed by a presentation by Mairwen Owen, Bangor University, on ‘Legal Skills, Information Literacy and Employability’.  Mairwen provided an overview of her involvement in the development of a first year Legal Skills module which is now a blend of information, legal and employability skills.  Information skills is firmly embedded in this module and students have to complete two assessed information skills component to the module.

The morning finished with a Siona Murray, Grwp Llandrillo Menai, getting everyone to participate as part of her ‘Librarians supporting employability skills – chocolate as a learning object’ presentation. This presentation looked at digital literacy and the HEA Digital Footprint for Employability. Siona provided a couple of examples of how she uses sweets and chocolate to get students participating in digital skills exercises.

 

The first session of the afternoon was provided by Nicola Watkinson, Glyndwr University where she discussed library staff employability.  Nicola’s discussion included an overview of CILIP’s PKSB and Chartership.  She also gave an overview of her career path. This presentation linked really well to the next presentation by Zoe Collyer-Strutt, ‘A portfolio career: how I got to where I am today!’ Zoe’s route to studying for qualification was very interesting.  She expanded on the various career paths she has taken eventually returning back to Librarianship.  Zoe stressed that although she has followed a number of paths she has been able to utilise the skills she has learnt on her journey in her current role at Glyndwr.

The ‘What have we learnt?  session at the end of the day produced a varied discussion.  Topics discussed included;

  • The difficulty of tying information literacy to employability
  • Rename the term “information literacy” as an employable skill
  • Bangor Employability Award – a record of achievement at the end student studies a positive. Zoe’s journey – variation of roles and experiences
  • Is there a clear career pathway for specialist or for management roles?
  • How do CILIP support us? Do they recognise the changes in our sector?
  • Why did the students sign up to do a librarianship course?
  • FE College – no library or library not well represented in the College so difficult to find my role in that mess
  • Have to be prepared to be flexible and work in different roles as a librarian, e.g. in IT, in procurement.
  • When you are based somewhere where you can’t move between jobs very easily, look for opportunities to work on projects with other departments.

Feedback:

Positive feedback was received from those that attended.  It was apparent that there had been something that was of interest to all.  Those working outside HE libraries found the aspect of employability and how it blended in with information skills of great interest.

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