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Congratulations to Cathie Jackson, Senior Consultant – Information Literacy in Information Services at Cardiff University, who has been awarded a  prize for Excellence in Teaching by the HEA Subject Centre for Information and Computer Science. This is Cathie’s second award – last summer she was presented with the Wallace Breem Memorial Award for an outstanding contribution to law librarianship.

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Date: Friday 3 Apr 2009, 9.30am -3.30pm
Venue: Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa Cardiff
FREE event

RSC Wales is pleased to announce that bookings are now open for a JISC project dissemination conference, focussing on the growing use of learner technologies and open educational resources in educational delivery.

Three different JISC funded projects, carried out collaboratively by HE and FE institutions in Wales, have been exploring the use of mobile technologies, social networking software, open educational resources and the use of customised search engines to facilitate learner-centric discovery learning. This conference presents the outcomes of these projects and invites delegates to debate the implications of their findings for the future of education, the changing roles of learners and teachers, and the emerging mixed economy of educational resourcing. The conference is being jointly hosted by the University of Glamorgan and Swansea Metropolitan University and organised in association with JISC RSC Wales. 

For more details and to book a place, go to
http://admin.rsc-wales.ac.uk/events/event_details.asp?eid=476  by Friday 20 March.

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Scotland’s university researchers are to benefit from an online shared initiative that makes key journals more widely available, thanks to an agreement negotiated by JISC Collections and led by the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL).

The Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL) has been backed by all of Scotland’s HEIs, who say that easier access to more journals will stimulate better research and support learning and teaching. It is the first scheme of its kind in the United Kingdom. Three leading academic publishers – Cambridge University Press, the American Chemical Society and Springer – have signed up for the pilot scheme.

Sheila Cannell, the chair of SCURL, who is Director of Library Services at the University of Edinburgh, said: “Differential access to journals has been a problem for some researchers but with the advent of SHEDL we are now providing them with a level playing field. It not only provides universities with a greater range of materials, but will also encourage collaboration between institutions as it gives researchers access to journals on the fringes of their chosen disciplines.”

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CoFHE Wales is organising a one day conference on the 24th April at
Coleg Glan Hafren Cardiff.

Topics include the FE Toolkit for Wales, Devolved LRCs and Library 2.0 in academic libraries.

For more information contact Ellen Harris at: e.harris@trinity-cm.ac.uk

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David Learmont joined Bangor University in January this year as the
Director of Library and Information Services. His background is in IT
and he has most recently been involved in an organisational change
programme at University of the Arts London, consolidating the delivery
of IT Services there. He is looking forward to the challenges life in
Bangor will throw at him, and in particular working within a library
context. As well as overseeing the library and IT function, David will
be involved with the University’s plans for a new Arts and Innovation
Centre at Bangor as well as the development of a digital strategy.

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With the advent of the Welsh Repository Network, Wales becomes the first country in the UK where all higher education institutions have established online repositories. The formal launch took place at the National Library of Wales on 19 February as part of an interesting and informative day.

Developed under the auspices of WHELF, the Welsh Repository Network is made up of 12 individual university research repositories. Dr Michael Hopkins, Director of Information Services at Aberystwyth University, said: “The repositories allow universities to archive and protect the intellectual output of their institutions, but also make available cutting-edge research to the world.”

It was reported in the Western Mail on 26 February.

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Big five Welsh universities form strategic collaboration group
On 1 March 2009, Wales’ five major universities announced their intention to act together, combining their strengths and talents to drive forward the knowledge economy in Wales.

Together, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Swansea Universities represent over 70% of all students in Wales and more than 95% of the nation’s research activity. With a combined annual turnover of approaching £1 billion, with a significant contribution from international sources, the big five are a substantial economic generator for Wales.

Working together, Wales’ five big research & innovation Universities have declared:

“Wales’ development needs to be driven by real innovation. Such innovation will come from the depth and breadth of knowledge that our universities represent. We are already collaborating in fields including sustainable development, primary healthcare services, social recovery policies. We know that, collectively, our staff and our students can offer real help to business, the public sector and to individuals. Our first priority will be to help Wales work its way out of the current recession and, beyond that, to create a vibrant knowledge-led society and economy that puts Wales ahead of the game.

“Our five commitments are:

1 Creativity: We will find solutions to business and individual needs which work and can take effect quickly.

2 Consultation: We will work with business, the voluntary sector and government to determine what are the real priorities for Wales.

3 Capital Investment: We will continue our ambitious capital investment programmes, securing construction jobs and supporting Welsh business by local sourcing of suppliers wherever possible.

4 Collaboration: We will work with our international business and education partners to build our vision for Wales. Our extensive contacts, from New York to New South Wales, offer expertise in everything from Architecture to Zoology and will be made available to all in Wales for the benefit of Wales.

5 Consensus: We will be part of a One Wales solution, working with government and other partners to inform and develop economic and social policy.

“We firmly believe that by building on the intellectual capital and academic excellence of our universities, we can help Wales create an innovative and dynamic economy and a just society for the 21st century.”

The full press release can be found on all five university websites including Glamorgan and was reported by the BBC.

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Developing Document Delivery in Wales – A time to collaborate
FIL Document Supply Workshop
Thursday 14 May 2009 10.45 am – 3.15 pm
To be held at: The Library, University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC)
Cost – Free to FIL members and £30 to non-members, lunch included. Subsidised overnight accommodation may be available for participants wishing to travel from North Wales. For more information or a booking form contact: Marie Lancaster, UWIC at email: mflancaster@uwic.ac.uk

The focus of document delivery & inter library loan departments is changing to include scanning and other activities. If you would like to join this informal discussion workshop, we would welcome participants willing to share practical experiences and those wishing to have an opportunity to network. The Forum for Interlending (FIL) has very kindly agreed to sponsor this inaugural event. We would like to encourage cross sector participation and hope to see colleagues from all parts of Wales. 

Sessions will include: past, present and future of document delivery: experiences at UWIC and Swansea University; British Library update; open discussion – suggested topics include future collaboration – what can it do for you, problems supplying journal articles from electronic subscriptions, alternative ILL sources.

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After an excellent study tour to Dublin in November, the photos of the various libraries we visited are now available on Flickr.  This is a photo from the start of the tour:

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Every year HEWIT and WHELF organise a residential colloquium at Gregynog for IT and library staff to discuss recent developments and to exchange experiences. This year it is being organised by Aberystwyth University and will be held on 8th– 12th June.

The programme is filling up, but there is still time to suggest further interesting projects – have a look at the website  for themes and topics and contact the organisers at gregynog2009@aber.ac.uk

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