RLUK's visit to Cardiff
On 19 September, the University Library Service at Cardiff welcomed the RLUK team to the Cochrane Building on the Heath campus of the University, which shares space with the University Hospital of Wales and the Dental Hospital. As a new building housing a purpose built 24 hour library for health subjects, we wanted to show it off! A variety of Library staff attended, including the Senior Management Team, Cataloguers, Subject Librarians, OA specialists and the Research Data Programme Manager. Later in the morning we were delighted to welcome Professor Aled Gruffydd Jones, the new Librarian of the National Library of Wales.
The day began with a discussion of RLUKâ€™s current strategy and the work it is doing in many areas to support research libraries at a national level. We also heard about the new web site and its aim to open up RLUK to a wider group of participants. Janet Peters then outlined the new University strategy, with multiple KPIs which will require the Library to provide the best possible services in support of University activities. Library staff have been recently engaged in developing a new strategy which will have a focus on improving the way our content is discovered, as well as ensuring that long-standing tasks such as retrospective cataloguing and rationalisation of our stores are continued. Structurally we are adapting to the new University three College structure by creating teams of Subject Librarians and exploring their roles. We also heard from Rebecca Mogg and Joe Nicholls about work on Digital and Information Literacy for researchers, and from Tracey Stanley about the potential Wales-wide shared LMS.
Following the essential library tour, Cardiff representatives talked about our work on supporting researchers with Open Access, and repository and research data management.
One of the attendees, Sonja Haerkoenen commented:
â€œIt was very interesting to hear about RLUK initiatives and strategies in the area of OA, and to share thoughts/issues regarding future HEFCE REF assessments. From my perspective I also found it useful to be able to feed back to RLUK some ideas regarding how RLUK might be able to support its members (via lobbying, best practice examples of OA workflows, evaluation of different OA payment systems etc.). I also simply enjoyed being able to meet the RLUK executive. This meant no introductions were necessary when I went to the RLUK European Library event shortly afterwardsâ€.
We would all like to thank David, Mike and Melanie for braving the Welsh rain to visit us, and hope that it will not be too long before the next one.