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

Colo(u)r Our Collections is here again!

Last year the Archives & Special Collections Group really enjoyed taking part in the Color Our Collections social media campaign run by the New York Academy of Medicine Library, which saw us join with other libraries, archives, and museums around the world to share free colouring sheets based on materials in our collections.

We have decided to take part again this year when it runs from 4-8 February 2019, and our theme this time is Year of Discovery!

Download the book here 

print the sheets and share your filled-in images on social media, using the hashtags#colorourcollections (because the campaign launched in America most institutions are using the American spelling of colour!),#lliwioeincasgliadau, and tag us in @WHELFed.

 

And don’t forget to check out which other institutions around the world are taking part using the #colorourcollections hashtag or visiting the website of the New York Academy of Medicine.

 

Happy colouring!!

 

Welcome to Gill Morris, new WHELF Development Officer

WHELF has a new Development Officer starting today: welcome to Gill Morris who will be based at Swansea University. Her working days for WHELF will be Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday.

 

Gill currently works 2.5 days a week in the Swansea University Collections team alongside her role at WHELF. She has spent time at four WHELF institutions: her degree in French and Welsh Studies was from Cardiff University, she did her postgraduate qualification at Aberystwyth University, then worked at Swansea Institute/Swansea Met/UWTSD twice and at Swansea University, including subject librarian roles. Gill also worked as a teaching assistant for 8 years whilst bringing up her 3 children. When not in work Gill likes reading, walking the dog, watching rugby, going to the beach (summer or winter) and spending time with her family.

Wishing Gill all the very best in the role from all at WHELF!

She can be contacted on g.l.morris@swansea.ac.uk

Copyright Card Game event

The WHELF Copyright Group chairs Marie Lancaster and Scott Prior are running a Copyright Card game event in Bangor on October 24th:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/whelf-copyright-roadshow-bangor-university-tickets-50782739541

Tickets are free but registration is required.

The Copyright Card game is “a new engaging approach to copyright education sessions”. It can be found on the Uk Copyright literacy website including a new Welsh language version produced by colleagues at Bangor University.

For anyone quick off the mark there is also a warm-up event at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Cyncoed campus tomorrow (Oct 10th) – apologies for the late advertising of this!

Help us create a new WHELF Staff Development programme

WHELF is changing its Staff Development programme in 2018-2019. Building on our successful Teachmeets and other events, we want to facilitate exchanges of experience, drawing on the expertise we have in Wales and strengthening collaboration within the sector. We aim to run events across Wales and to share resources for those who are unable to attend.

In order to create this programme of events, we are asking members

  1. What topics / training would be most useful for you?
  2. Can you offer to contribute experience / expertise on a topic?

WHELF areas of activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Archives & special collections
  • Customer Services
  • Copyright
  • Learning & teaching
  • Research support
  • Electronic resources
  • Library management systems, cataloguing, reading list systems etc.

Send us your ideas here: https://goo.gl/forms/vQRORnzFe7kq3CD92

Survey closes 17th September 2018.

WHELF Open Research Café – South Wales Event

Post by Nick Roberts (USW) and Mark Lester (CMU)

What was this?

We held an event on the afternoon of Tuesday 26th June at Cardiff Met – attended by 19 colleagues from across South and West Wales (as well as a representative from University of Wales Press). The aim was to bring together people to talk about open research using a roundtable discussion format/statement card format based on an initiative from LIBER and Foster Open Science (https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/content/organise-your-own-open-science-cafe). Fortunately, this was held on one of June’s nicest days weather-wise so what better way to spend it then talking about how libraries can support open research… The venue for the afternoon was the Hospitality Suite in Cardiff School of Management building on the Landaff Campus of Cardiff Met.

The event was deliberately tagged as ‘open research’ as opposed to ‘science’ to attract the widest set of participants from across institutions. A key aim was to road test the format for WHELF colleagues to then take back to their own institutions.

The afternoon started with a welcome and outline of the event from Mark Lester (Cardiff Met) and Nick Roberts (USW). Participants were assigned tables to ensure a good mix of colleagues from different institutions and a pack of prepared statements (see below) were given to each grouping – these packs were subsequently swapped after 30 minutes (or so) of discussions. Each table had a note-taker/facilitator present to ensure the discussion moved on and to make sure we collected the brilliant ideas/frustrations/discussions that were being shared. Thanks to Louise Harrington, Mariann Hilliar and Cath Borwick for acting as note-takers and table facilitators on the day.

Photo of screen with "Open" slide and Mark Lester speaking

Mark Lester and Nick Roberts introducing the Open Research Cafe

Many thanks to all of the colleagues who attended and engaged with the café format.

The statements

The statements used on the day were focused on areas such as open access, research data management, perception of research and publishing – thanks to Beth Hall (Bangor) and Nick Roberts for putting the statements together. They were deliberately provocative to ignite the discussions and get everyone thinking – some examples:

  • Researchers don’t need assistance to make their research open access
  • Resistance to Open Data and Open Access is natural
  • Very little research data is ever re-used
  • The REF overwhelms everything
  • The success we’ve had with connecting with researchers was based on buy-in from senior staff

The discussions

Below is a brief flavour of the discussions (a future post will give a more detailed ‘deep dive’ on discussions):

REF and Open Access

  • Compliance is important as it means open access has a ‘foot in the door’ and is at least being discussed within Universities (embrace the stick/use the REF hammer)
  • Can be difficult to use REF compliance hammer only with some researchers i.e. they already spend a lot of time complying with departmental targets etc. so can ignore this.

 Collaboration in research support

  • Need to increase sharing of expertise/experts between WHELF institutions including reuse of materials.
  • Institutions with similar missions could collaborate more closely (i.e. similar research bases or disciplines) rather than everyone sharing everything that may not be relevant.

 Good Research Data Management (RDM) principles

  • Focus on engaging with early career researchers in the first instance – can’t force anyone to see it as relevant…has to have a point/be disciplined focused to an extent.
  • Do researchers notice funder policies on research data management/sharing? What about anyone that does not receive much external funding – is it important for them to have good RDM skills?

 Jargon

  • Too much use of colours when it comes to open access i.e. is this a little bit open access or a lot. Potential to lose the audience before you’ve started.
  • What replaces jargon? – is it a necessary evil for the moment?

 Institutional Repositories (IRs)

  • Shared repository like e.g. White Rose may be better in the long run for all WHELF institutions i.e. instances for each place on a shared platform.
  • Concern that IRs may not be able to be preserved due to lack of funding/buy in from institutions.

The brilliant idea(s)

  • Launch a WHELF wide (jargon free) research support statement.
  • Connect similar mission oriented institutions to focus research support activity that is beneficial and low cost i.e. community of practice model.
  • Promote resources generated by WHELF as ‘open’ by utilising creative commons licenses.
  • Shared repository platform for all research outputs and collections within WHELF i.e. White Rose (Max).

Next Steps

All the discussions and ideas collected on the day will be written up in more detail to ensure we have a clearer evidence base to keep the momentum going in all our efforts to enhance research support across all WHELF institutions.

Participants expressed an interest in more research support related events – the proposals will go back to the WHELF research group. Some views were expressed that elements could/should be delivered via some webinars to cut down costs and to ensure knowledge sharing and actions from this happens more regularly.

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