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WHELF, Collaboration, and Digitisation. Peter Keelan Head of Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR)  www.cf.ac.uk/insrv...
WHELF – What? <ul><li>Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum </li></ul><ul><li>HE chief Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>NLW L...
WHELF - Mission <ul><li>Influence policy makers </li></ul><ul><li>Implement collaborative services </li></ul><ul><li>Work ...
WHELF - Projects <ul><li>Information Literacy Wales </li></ul><ul><li>E-book deals </li></ul><ul><li>E-resource procuremen...
WHELF – Digitisation Strategy <ul><li>Create content </li></ul><ul><li>Share knowledge/expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Support...
WHELF / NLW  -  Digitisation <ul><li>Welsh 20 th  C. journals </li></ul><ul><li>Welsh 19 th  C. newspapers </li></ul><ul><...
Digitisation in Wales <ul><li>NLW – early starter, major player, own digital website, Culturenet Cymru; People’s Coll., </...
People’s Collection Wales
Casgliad y Werin Cymru
People’s Collection Wales <ul><li>Funded by the Welsh Assembly government, </li></ul><ul><li>Has eight full time staff, </...
People’s Collection <ul><li>Not WHELF… </li></ul><ul><li>But, input from NLW, RCAHMW, NMW, academics, communities, individ...
Back to WHELF <ul><li>NLW = plans to digitise its collections, </li></ul><ul><li>NMW = similar, </li></ul><ul><li>County A...
Digital work – e.g. Cardiff <ul><li>E-theses into ORCA (mandatory), </li></ul><ul><li>E-prints (REF) into ORCA (supported ...
Digital work - SCOLAR  <ul><li>2002 project for School of Welsh, </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial digital repository, </li></u...
Digital Impact
SCOLAR – Cymru ? <ul><li>WHELF Special Collections Group, </li></ul><ul><li>Charged with progressing digital agenda, </li>...
Benefits of Digitool Cymru <ul><li>- shared expertise, (basic work already done), </li></ul><ul><li>- creating content, </...
Issue for the future ? <ul><li>Management of shared resource, </li></ul><ul><li>Funding of shared resource, </li></ul><ul>...
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  1. 1. WHELF, Collaboration, and Digitisation. Peter Keelan Head of Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR) www.cf.ac.uk/insrv/scolar / Cardiff University Library
  2. 2. WHELF – What? <ul><li>Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum </li></ul><ul><li>HE chief Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>NLW Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>p/t Development Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Meets four times per year </li></ul><ul><li>Various sub-groups action projects. </li></ul>
  3. 3. WHELF - Mission <ul><li>Influence policy makers </li></ul><ul><li>Implement collaborative services </li></ul><ul><li>Work with other sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Raise profile of HE libraries’ work </li></ul><ul><li>Training, communication, support roles. </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHELF - Projects <ul><li>Information Literacy Wales </li></ul><ul><li>E-book deals </li></ul><ul><li>E-resource procurement </li></ul><ul><li>Better student access </li></ul><ul><li>Welsh Repository Network (cf. JISC repositories preservation programme) </li></ul><ul><li>E-thesis harvesting service (NLW) </li></ul>
  5. 5. WHELF – Digitisation Strategy <ul><li>Create content </li></ul><ul><li>Share knowledge/expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Support take-up for learning/research </li></ul><ul><li>Raise profile of institutions’ research </li></ul><ul><li>All through collaboration/alliances. </li></ul>
  6. 6. WHELF / NLW - Digitisation <ul><li>Welsh 20 th C. journals </li></ul><ul><li>Welsh 19 th C. newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Welsh 18 th -19 th C. ballads </li></ul><ul><li>(NLW aim to digitise Wales’ print corpus) </li></ul><ul><li>Contributor to the ‘People’s Collection’ </li></ul><ul><li>(National Assembly for Wales ‘agendas’) </li></ul><ul><li>(Education, Heritage, Cultural Tourism)! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Digitisation in Wales <ul><li>NLW – early starter, major player, own digital website, Culturenet Cymru; People’s Coll., </li></ul><ul><li>NMW – own website, People’s Collection, partners e.g. BBC; </li></ul><ul><li>RCAHMW – own website, People’s Collection; </li></ul><ul><li>Welsh Archives – People’s Collection, </li></ul><ul><li>Local Authorities – some local initiatives, </li></ul><ul><li>Media, etc – various projects, </li></ul><ul><li>NAfW (Cymal) – People’s Collection Wales. </li></ul>
  8. 8. People’s Collection Wales
  9. 9. Casgliad y Werin Cymru
  10. 10. People’s Collection Wales <ul><li>Funded by the Welsh Assembly government, </li></ul><ul><li>Has eight full time staff, </li></ul><ul><li>Cutting-edge use of digitisation, (commercial sector involved), </li></ul><ul><li>Welsh or English interface, content either/both, </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Community’ contributions (crowd sourcing), </li></ul><ul><li>Education, Heritage, Cultural Tourism ! </li></ul><ul><li>As advertised on T.V. ! </li></ul>
  11. 11. People’s Collection <ul><li>Not WHELF… </li></ul><ul><li>But, input from NLW, RCAHMW, NMW, academics, communities, individuals, </li></ul><ul><li>Two year’s start-up funding, </li></ul><ul><li>Three more years guaranteed funding, </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter, Facebook, Phone Apps., etc ! </li></ul><ul><li>Complex ! Sophisticated ! Attractive ! </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable ? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Back to WHELF <ul><li>NLW = plans to digitise its collections, </li></ul><ul><li>NMW = similar, </li></ul><ul><li>County Archives = People’s Collection, </li></ul><ul><li>University Libraries = WHELF = ? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Digital work – e.g. Cardiff <ul><li>E-theses into ORCA (mandatory), </li></ul><ul><li>E-prints (REF) into ORCA (supported by deposit tool for academic staff), </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Schools – own projects, </li></ul><ul><li>‘Digital Humanities’ – support brewing, </li></ul><ul><li>Recent Bristol Seminar </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Preservation pilot task groups </li></ul>
  14. 14. Digital work - SCOLAR <ul><li>2002 project for School of Welsh, </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial digital repository, </li></ul><ul><li>Maintained for 9 years, now transferring to Digitool, (from Library Catalogue suppliers), </li></ul><ul><li>c. 100,000 hits p.a. for one Welsh project, </li></ul><ul><li>Five other digitised collections to be added and released shortly. </li></ul><ul><li>SCOLAR – niche teaching/research agenda, </li></ul><ul><li>Recent ‘profile’ investment in TTP. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Digital Impact
  16. 16. SCOLAR – Cymru ? <ul><li>WHELF Special Collections Group, </li></ul><ul><li>Charged with progressing digital agenda, </li></ul><ul><li>Only Cardiff (SCOLAR) doing systematic digitisation presently, </li></ul><ul><li>(Bangor, Swansea, etc, one-off works), </li></ul><ul><li>Examining Digitool for Welsh HE, </li></ul><ul><li>(First need to launch it in Cardiff)! </li></ul><ul><li>Links to WHELF digital strategy (p.t.o.), </li></ul>
  17. 17. Benefits of Digitool Cymru <ul><li>- shared expertise, (basic work already done), </li></ul><ul><li>- creating content, </li></ul><ul><li>- partners raise critical mass of material, </li></ul><ul><li>- partners lower overall costs, </li></ul><ul><li>- raised profile, so better take-up for </li></ul><ul><li>teaching/research, </li></ul><ul><li>- meets untouched ‘niche’ academic needs - </li></ul><ul><li>(reaches the parts other beers…non-Welsh </li></ul><ul><li>related digitisation: Greek mss, Pharmacology </li></ul><ul><li>history, etc.) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Issue for the future ? <ul><li>Management of shared resource, </li></ul><ul><li>Funding of shared resource, </li></ul><ul><li>Input mechanisms for data uploading, </li></ul><ul><li>Longer term sustainability of shared resource, </li></ul><ul><li>(Major mergers within University of Wales presently, so Libraries too), </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Digital Humanities’, link to research support, </li></ul><ul><li>To avoid being left behind – this or what else? </li></ul>

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