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.
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.
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.
WHELF website needs an overhaul and will be an agenda item at the May Reps’ meeting. (Gill to discuss with Steve when he takes over as WHELF Chair)
Demonstrating value for money for membership
SIGS (eg WHELF subgroups)
Task and Finish Groups
How do find out what our members want?
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.
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.
“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.”
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
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!
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.
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!
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
What topics / training would be most useful for you?
Can you offer to contribute experience / expertise on a topic?
WHELF areas of activities include, but are not limited to:
Archives & special collections
Learning & teaching
Library management systems, cataloguing, reading list systems etc.