WHEEL (Wales Higher Education Electronic Library) collaborates on the shared procurement of electronic resources including:

  • identification of joint purchasing opportunities for electronic resources and subscriptions
  • identification, negotiation and evaluation of prospective agreements
  • management of internal administration relating to agreements (e.g. joint invoicing arrangements)

Details of members:
Mark Hughes, Chair (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
Tracey Middleton, Vice-Chair (Bangor University)
Wayne Morris, Secretary (University of South Wales)
Sarah Brader (Bangor University)
Andrew Brown (Swansea University)
Luisa Caceres-Soto (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
Kristine Chapman (Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales)
John Dalling (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
Manon Foster Evans (National Library of Wales)
Tom Francis (Aberystwyth University)
Kathryn Hudson (Cardiff University)
Robert Lacey (National Library of Wales)
Annette Linton (Swansea University)
Julie Neenan (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
Janet Peters (Cardiff University)
Nicola Watkinson (Wrexham Glyndwr University)
Megan Wiley (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama)

Sharing the procurement of electronic resources
Working with JISC Collections, WHELF has negotiated a groundbreaking deal with OUP – all WHELF libraries have access to the same collection of over 200 Oxford University Press journals online. This deal is a further development of the Wales Higher Education Electronic Library (WHEEL) – which already includes access to a shared e-books collection.

All WHELF libraries have now joined the Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP). Diminishing budgets must demonstrate value for money, and reliable data is key. Comparative usage statistics help evaluate the impact of e-resources and inform future purchasing decisions.

WHELF also pioneered a shared e-books collection which still provides access to over 700 e-book titles from NetLibrary. An article by Jeremy Atkinson and Paul Riley in SCONUL Focus gives the background to the project: Building on collaboration: the WHELF e-book deal. An E-books Exchange of Experience Day took place at UWIC.

Wales is the first country in the UK to jointly procure online news services for public and academic libraries. This joint procurement is co-ordinated by the National Library of Wales on behalf of Welsh libraries and helps reduce costs and deliver value for money. It is funded by CyMAL.