Amy Staniforth writes:
NHS Wales Library and Knowledge Service and Newtown Area Library have been recognized by CILIP Cymru Wales, the Library and Information association in Wales, for their incredible commitment and innovative services during a turbulent 2020.
The Award, presented by Lord Elis-Thomas MS, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism and Nick Poole, Chief Executive of CILIP at CILIP Cymru Wales’ Open Day and AGM on Thursday (3rd December) celebrates outstanding professional achievements by teams working within Library/Information Services in Wales.
As joint first prize winners both teams take £400 back to their service.
The Runners Up
The runners up team was The Welsh Higher Education Library Forum (WHELF) Cataloguing Team, nominated by Alan Hughes from Cardiff University. Alan says “the WHELF cataloguing Team has had a transformational and refreshing impact on the reinvention of cataloguing activities across Wales and beyond.
The all-Wales partnership of 14 higher education and research institutions – through modest confidence, expertise and professional connections – have been able to penetrate far wider and influential networks. Alan was blown over by their ability to rebrand a traditionally hidden and solitary activity into a front-facing force with Wales at the helm of the sector.”
The judges agreed, saying “It was nice to see an application from such a key team, often overlooked, but vital to providing core Library services. Their work supporting WHELF institutions, also has a wider impact due to partnership working both nationally and internationally.” As runners up the WHELF Cataloguing Team take £100 back to their network.
The WHELF Learning and Teaching Group invites you to our free Teachmeet on Wednesday 16th December 11am-12pm: ‘Is there anybody there? Learning and teaching with students remotely’.
The Teachmeet will be held on Zoom and include the following :
Sarah Jones, WHELF Learning and Teaching Group Chair, University of Wales, Trinity St. David.
Creating interactive library tutorials with LibWizard
Jose Lopez Blanco, University of South Wales
Creating online library content using Microsoft Sway and Articulate Storyline
Alice de Angeli and Peter Duffield-Fuller, University of Wales, Trinity St. David
Changing times: a case study of embedded asynchronous learning and teaching
Rebecca Mogg and Neil Pollock, Cardiff University
To accompany the Teachmeet we have set up this Padlet on which we encourage you to share what’s worked well for you and seek ideas to overcome some of the challenges you’ve faced: https://padlet.com/philippaprice/WHELFDec20.
Christmas jumpers are encouraged and please bring your own festive treats.
If you would like to attend, please book a place here . The closing date for bookings is 5pm on 14 December. Joining information will be circulated to registered participants on 15 December.
We hope you can join us. We encourage all members of the WHELF community to use the Padlet, not just registered participants.
Rebecca Mogg and Philippa Price (on behalf of WHELF Learning and Teaching Group)
Alison Harding , Executive Head of Library and Learning Resources at UWTSD, writes:
We have recently participated in a case study with Ex Libris on implementing Alma across a small multi-campus university This will be made available on the Ex Libris Customer Stories website and will be shared through their social media channels
WHELF Cataloguing Group – nominated by Alan Hughes, Cardiff University:
The team has had a transformational and refreshing impact on the reinvention of cataloguing activities across Wales and beyond.
The all-Wales partnership of 14 higher education and research institutions – through modest confidence, expertise and professional connections – have been able to penetrate far wider and influential networks
Their nominee has been blown over by their ability to rebrand a traditionally hidden and solitary activity into a front-facing force with Wales at the helm of the sector.
This new award from CILIP Cymru Wales is about celebrating the achievements of Teams working within Library/Information Services in Wales.The award celebrates teams who have demonstrated achievements in at least two of the following areas:
Positive impact on community or sector
Improving library services
Innovative practice and/or partnershipsThe winning team will be announced at the CILIP Cymru Wales Open Day & AGM on December 3rd 2020 (open to all).
WHELF is pleased to welcome Judith Dray as the Board member for RWCMD, while Megan Wiley is on a secondment From October 5th at the University of Westminster for a year, providing maternity cover for their Head of Library and Archives Service.
I studied English Literature at Cardiff University before going on to qualify as an archivist on the Archives and Records Management course at the University of Dundee. I have since worked at Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and, during a short career break a couple of years ago, as an extra on Neighbours! Now I’m excited to be covering the Head of Library Services role at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama while Megan is on secondment. When I’m not working in libraries and archives, I enjoy singing in choirs (when it’s legal and safe to do so!), reading and travelling.
Mark Hughes, Head of Library Services at Cardiff Metropolitan University, has written a chapter in a recently published book: Technology, Change and the Academic Library (Elsevier, 2020).Mark’s chapter is a case study about the WHELF LMS at Cardiff Met library.
Collaborate –Create –Innovate
WHELF’s mission is: to promote collaboration and innovation in library, knowledge and information services across Wales.Wales-Higher-Education-Libraries-Forum-Strategy-2020-2024-1
On Wednesday 1 July 2020 I represented WHELF at the UK Regional Consortia Managers’ Meeting, along with colleagues from The Northern Collaboration, Mercian Collaboration, the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries, NoWAL and SCURL. Kate from White Rose was unfortunately unable to attend.
Due to Covid-19 we have been meeting via Zoom. The main topics for discussion were how our member institutions were tackling the current situation, our own roles in this context and how regional variations affected us in the 3 nations involved.
We also discussed online conferences, which WHELF has already experienced, since the annual WHELF/HEWIT Colloquium in June 2020 was moved from Gregynog Hall to online.
All agreed it is helpful to meet and share experiences and good practice, and we aim to meet again in early September
The next WHELF Board meeting will now take place via Zoom on Thursday 23 July 2020.