Actress and writer Ruth Jones is taking on a new role to promote and act as a spokesperson for Welsh libraries.

During 2009/10, Ruth will be attending events, taking part in media interviews and commenting on media stories about libraries and helping launch a high profile national campaign in the autumn.

This is the first time libraries in Wales have had a celebrity Library Champion and follows on from the success of last year’s Happy Days campaign which was launched by Ruth in Barry Library and enlisted the support of a number of celebrities to raise awareness of the value of libraries.

For more information contact: Jane Purdie/Nicola Williams – phone 01978 297437 and

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New Foundation Degrees launched in Wales
Bursaries are now available for a Foundation degree  to library staff working in Wales. CyMAL will provide bursaries of up to £1,000 each to undertake LIS Foundation degrees. The bursary is intended to assist with funding course fees for the first year of study.

Courses have been launched at Glyndwr University and Coleg Llandrillo.

Further information about Foundation degrees can be obtained from:

Paul Jeorrett, Glyndwr University <> – 01978 293250


Andrew Eynon, Coleg Llandrillo <> – 01492 542342

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Presentations from the Gregynog Colloquium in June are now available to view online via the Colloquium website (under Programme link on the left menu):

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9th September 2009

Advance notice: an opportunity to visit the award-winning Information Commons. “Born out of completely fresh thinking about learning resources for the 21st century student, it contains a whole range of study spaces within a single spectacular building.”

There will be limited places available on this visit so please book soon to be sure of a place. 

For more information, contact Steve Lee at or phone 01443 483391.

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Tuesday 25 August

2.00 – 3.00pm – guided tour of Chester Cathedral Library by the Cathedral Librarian. 

Chester Cathedral has a rich and fascinating heritage.  It is a living community of prayer and worship, a centre of excellence in Church Music, and plays a key role for the Christian community across Chester, the Wirral and Cheshire.

If you are interested in attending please contact Nicola at

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An article by Jeremy Atkinson and Paul Riley in SCONUL Focus, Number 45, 2009:

In December 2007, at an event at the National Library of Wales, WHELF launched its innovative e-book deal arranged with the Online Computer
Library Center (OCLC). During the launch event there were various presentations, including coverage of WHELF and its collaborative activities and an overview of the project. This article reviews developments to date.

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All of the Gregynog Repository Stream presentations are now available to view via the Aberystwyth institutional repository CADAIR. A post linking to each individual presentation is now available via the WRN blog at:

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SCURL visit 2009Colleagues from the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) visited Cardiff University on 4 June for a joint study day with WHELF.

SCURL is the principal association of research libraries in Scotland and has been working collaboratively and cross-sectorally for over 25 years. There are many activities and projects of mutual interest in Wales and Scotland, and we are all keen to continue to explore SCURL and WHELF collaborative approaches where appropriate.

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Library & Information Services at Swansea University has received the Customer Service Excellence Award:

This is the updated version of the Charter Mark, which LIS has held since 2006.

LIS is the first department in the University to receive the Customer Service Excellence Award. Also, at present, they are one of a small number of library, ICT and careers services in UK universities to have achieved this award.

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Keep up-to-date with the latest news at:

The Welsh Repository Network is a JISC funded project investigating the potential of a collaborative, centrally managed model to accelerate the development and uptake of repository services by Welsh Higher Education Institutions.

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