HLG Wales are organising study days about health information for other library sector staff , including those working in academic libraries 

Speakers from NHS Direct and Health Promotion Wales will be presenting, and a general overview of services and resources will be provided.  Hands-on workshops guided by health information staff will allow participants to explore resources for themselves and find out the expert health information available.  There will also be an interactive workshop session that will focus on reading and what health benefits it brings to individuals, looking at how the health sector can benefit your library sector and an opportunity to draw up an action plan for the future. 

The study day in the South will be at the National Botanic Gardens, so delegates will also be able to explore the wonderful gardens, glass houses and library. 

  • South Wales is Monday 6th July at the Botanical Gardens
  • North Wales – this is yet to be confirmed
  • Funding has been provided by CyMAL, so the courses are free to delegates.

    For further information please contact Angela Perrett, RCN Wales Library and Information Services Manager, email angela.perrett@rcn.org.uk, tel. 029 2075 1373 or Rachel Rosser, e mail rrosser@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk, tel. 01446 422401 / 07841 56 87 39.

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    A new website has been launched which reveals the ‘behind the scenes’ activities of the library during Cardiff University’s 125th anniversary year – the ‘Day in the Life’.

    Janet Peters, University Librarian said: “The range and complexity of work today in a large, modern University Library is amazing. The ‘Day in the Life’ series, written by ten of our staff, really captures the blend of  innovative and traditional, digital and documentary, educational and inspirational work which goes on behind the scenes here in Cardiff University.”

    She added: “Information Services supports the research and teaching work of  Cardiff University in dozens of different ways. Our ‘Day in the Life’ series shows the range of successful work undertaken in doing this; these people are role models for any students who want to go on and become professional information workers.”

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    Identification and dissemination of lessons learned by institutions participating in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) bibliometrics pilot: Results of the Round One consultation

    HEFCE is conducting a pilot to inform the use of bibliometric indicators in the Research Excellence Framework. They commissioned Technopolis to identify and disseminate the key lessons learned by higher education institutions participating in this pilot. This report addresses the data collection aspect of the bibliometric pilot.

    The report focuses on the processes undertaken by HEIs to fulfil the data collection and verification requirements of the REF bibliometrics pilot and discusses the insights and implications of this.

    Download the report: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/rdreports/2009/rd09_09/

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    UC&R Wales now have a date for the recently postponed AGM:
    Monday 20th July at 12.00
    Seminar rooms 1 and 2, Trevithick Library, Cardiff University.

    CILIP UC&R members are cordially invited and the AGM is free to attend. The UC&R Wales committee has room for 1 or 2 new members so if you are interested in getting involved in planning professional development events in Wales please join us!

    Following the AGM there will be a committee meeting which any new committee members are welcome to attend.

    If you would like more information about the Group’s activities or if you are unable to attend but there are issues you would like to raise at the AGM please contact:
    Carol Edwards at cce@llgc.org.uk or Linda Graves at lgraves@glam.ac.uk

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    CDG Wales visit to the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives, University of Wales, Lampeter
    Thursday 18 June 2009 – 1.30pm to 4.00pm (approx)

    The Career Development Group (Wales Division) invites CDG members only to an informal guided tour of the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives (it should be possible to explore Lampeter’s main library at your own leisure afterwards).

    Free, but a voluntary £3 donation to CDG’s International Projects is kindly requested. Cheques payable to Career Development Group Wales.

    To make a booking, or for further information, please contact:

    Emma Rye
    Career Development Group Wales (Secretary)
    Learning Resources Centre
    University of Glamorgan
    CF37 1DL

    Telephone: (01443) 482630
    Email: erye@glam.ac.uk

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    40% of university libraries plan cuts to book and journal purchases next year.

    Academics should brace themselves for “severe” cuts in access to new books and journals in the next academic year as higher costs caused by the fall in the value of the pound put libraries under pressure.

    Times Higher Education reported in January that the drop in the pound’s value was having a “crippling effect” on the budgets of UK university libraries, which faced huge increases in subscriptions costs for research journals from the US and elsewhere in Europe.

    Now a new survey of 38 university libraries conducted by the Research Information Network (RIN) reveals just how serious the situation is.

    Preliminary findings presented to Times Higher Education show that although the current academic year has been “financially challenging”, it is in 2009-10 that the pinch will really be felt.

    The survey shows that nearly 40 per cent of libraries plan cuts to books and serial purchases from next year. One in five plans to cancel one or more so-called big deals with publishing houses to access bundles of journals online. A single bundle can contain hundreds of titles.


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    The Higher Education Academy and JISC welcomed the publication of the HE in a Web 2.0 World report, which looks at the projected future trends in the use of technology in higher education.

    Findings from the report show that students typically spend four hours a day online, a figure that looks set to rise as teenagers make increasing use of Web 2.0 technology in their daily lives. One of the challenges for the higher education sector is therefore to ensure that staff can keep pace with the advancing technology which many of their students rely on every day, using the technology to enhance the student learning experience.

    Read the full report at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/documents/heweb2.aspx

    Listen to a podcast with members of the Committee of Inquiry http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2009/05/podcast80heinaweb20world.aspx

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    A Joint Event for Librarians Supporting HE in FE

    On Tuesday 30th June WHELF is holding a staff development event at the University of Wales, Newport (Allt-yr-yn Campus), aimed at libraries supporting HE in FE. 

    The event will allow participants to share experiences, get up to date on recent developments and develop individual and shared programmes of action for the future.

    There is no charge for attendance at the event, but places are limited. So early booking is advised.  Please book your place by 12th June

    How to get there  
    To get to the Allt-yr-yn Campus, click on the Visit Us link on the University web page at http://newport.ac.uk/  


    10am – 10.15am Registration & Coffee/Tea
    10.15 am – 10.20 am Welcome 
    10.20 am – 11.30 am FE  UpdatesAll to contribute  (no more than 5 mins each)
      Coffee/Tea available throughout the morning
    11.30 am – 12.30 pm HE Updates 
    12.30 pm – 1.15 pm Lunch
    1.15 pm – 2.00 pm Implementation of a social learning space at Bath UniversityKate Robinson, University of Bath
    2.00 pm – 2.30 pm Dedicated HE Learning spacesAndrew Eynon, Coleg Llandrillo
      Coffee/tea available throughout the afternoon
    2.30 pm – 3.00 pm Students’ use of personal learning environments/e-portfoliosPriscilla Dawson, Swansea College
    3.00 pm – 3.30 pm Discussion and round up

    For more information and to book a place, please contact Sally Skym saskym@glam.ac.uk

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    UC&R (Wales) are pleased to announce that they will be sponsoring a place
    for full residential attendance at Umbrella 2009 for one member of UC&R
    (Wales) who will be a first time attendee to an Umbrella event.

    Umbrella 2009 takes place on 14-15 July at University of Hertfordshire,
    Hatfield and offers you a unique experience to meet the UK library
    community, discuss issues affecting your future and improve your
    knowledge.  To see the conference programme, go to: http://www.umbrella2009.org.uk/

    Applying for a sponsored place:
    If you would like to be considered for a sponsored place at Umbrella
    2009, please write a short statement, approximately 300 words,
    describing how you would benefit from attendance at this year’s event.

    The successful applicant will have to write a short report on the
    conference, suitable for inclusion in Relay or the website, to be
    submitted to UC&R (Wales) Committee. Part or all of the report may be
    used for publicity purposes.

    Your statement should be received by 29th May 2009.  Please send as an
    email attachment to: nicolaw@glyndwr.ac.uk or by post to: 
    Nicola Watkinson
    Academic Liaison Co-ordinator
    Glyndwr University Wrexham
    Library, PP22L
    Mold Road, Wrexham, Wales.  LL11 2AW

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    Learning Technologies Event and AGM — Thursday 21st May 2009
    Room GT7119, Glyntaff Campus, University of Glamorgan

    10.30 am to 11.00 am Arrival/ Refreshments/Registration/Networking

    11.00 am to 11.45 am Rebecca Mogg, (Senior Subject Librarian, Information Services, Bute Library, Cardiff University) Rebecca will talk about Cardiff University’s experiences of developing a pod cast and the pedagogical benefits. There will be a free CD for each delegate with Pod casting software and other information on creating pod casts.

    11.45 am to 12.30 am Ryan Danahar (Systems Support Officer, LCSS-LR, ESS Team, University of Glamorgan) Ryan will be demonstrating how to use VPN software to connect to your work PC desktop from home enabling you to use all the software and systems, and in an environmentally friendly way.

    Ryan will also show how you can use the “Remote Desktop Connection” with Windows to connect to your main work PC desktop from other PCs on the University network. 

    12.30 pm to 1.15 pm Lunch

    There is a cafe on campus or shops and a pub 10 minutes walk away

    1.15 pm to 1.30 pm UC&R Wales AGM and Elections (all welcome)

    1.30 pm to 2.15 pm` Chris Clow (IT/AV Advisor CILASS, Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sheffield) Chris will give a presentation about some of the exciting technologies used in CILASS, Sheffield Information Commons including Copy Cams and Huddle Boards, Sympodiums, Digital Audio Recorders, Camcorders and Computer technology.

    2.15 pm to 3.00 pm Kevin McDonald (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, University of Glamorgan) Kevin will give a presentation and a demonstration of the Turning Point voting system. This presentation will demonstrate the ease with which electronic voting equipment can be used in teaching and learning. There will be interactive voter participation showing some of the strengths, and weaknesses of the software and tips for how to tune the presentation to the purpose of the user.

    3.00 pm to 3.10 pm Refreshments

    3.10 pm to 3.55 pm Maggie Leharne and Irene Barranco (Information & Library Services Department (ILS) at the University of Greenwich), Maggie and Irene will give a presentation of INFORMS. This is a flexible adaptive tool for the creation of interactive online tutorials. These tutorials have been created by users as a shared community resource to facilitate creative collaboration.

    3.55 pm to 4.00 pm Questions

    4.00 pm Depart

    Cost Free

    For information on how to get to the University of Glamorgan Glyntaff
    Campus see:  http://profile.glam.ac.uk/findus/

    To reserve a place or for more information, contact Steve Lee at   srlee@glam.ac.uk

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