WHELF Libraries celebrate National Libraries Day
The annual National Libraries Day (6th February 2016) gave WHELF libraries the opportunity to run events to celebrate and showcase their libraries and staff.
In Cardiff, the University Library Service celebrated with a #LovingYourLibrary theme. All of the university libraries had “heart-ily” decorated stands (and free sweets) where staff and students could leave their views on what they love about their library or comment on where they think services could be improved. This was combined with “meet the team” blog posts on the Library News blog and Twitter to profile staff and their role: http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/library/category/national-libraries-day/
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) also ran with a theme of profiling their staff to demonstrate links to the subjects they support. The Library Assistants used the RWCMD Twitter account to introduce the team (#RWCMDlibstaff) and also put together a display complete with photos from old drama productions they had appeared in along with a quiz for students to enter.
They ran a competition inviting students to tell them in a creative way what they love about Bangor University Libraries; the first place prize was a £25 gift voucher.
Library staff also took the library on tour and were out and about around campus inviting staff and students to share their views on how they use the library and what they like/dislike about the library space. It was also an opportunity to inform users about the services they provide.
Swansea University ran a “Love Your Library week” from the 8th to 12th February with activities taking place between 11am and 2pm each day at the Singleton campus library and a day long event on the 12th Feb at the Bay campus library.
Staff provided tea/coffee, cakes and sweets and invited student feedback via a love heart post it display and “love letters” to the library. Some of the love heart post-its featured on Twitter encouraging further student engagement.