Wednesday, 17 February 2016

CLIC@10 - Celebrating 10 years of Cardiff Libraries in Co-operation

To celebrate ten years of Cardiff Libraries in Co-operation, CLIC held a CLIC@10 event on 9th February. We celebrated with home-baked cookies, chocolate biscuits and a birthday cake! (Thank you Helen!!) The theme for today’s event was collaboration. 

Karen Pierce and Rebecca A. Evans presented a history and overview of CLIC, a collaborative network of libraries in Cardiff that was established in 2005. CLIC began with aims to provide shared staff development opportunities for library staff, a broader underlying remit of collaboration and encourage partnership between the constituent members. The presentation charted the progress from the first CLIC event in December 2005, to the CyMAL Regional Development Officer for South East Wales chairing the Staff Development Group, the 2006 a project report produced by CLIC project officer, Dr Angela Evans-Jones, into the continuing regular programme of staff development events reflecting the spectrum of the library profession, plus the extras of Library Camp and ‘Do Something Different Days’, all opportunities to collaborate across the different library sectors.

Newly appointed Director of Learning Services at University of South Wales and WHELF Vice-Chair, Emma Adamson delivered a detailed outline of Wales Higher Education Library Forum (WHELF)’s principles of a shared national community, quality and impact of service, shared services and projects and opportunities like the Gregynog Colloquium for library staff to work together. Emma described WHELF’s work to provide sustained library development for both individual members and collective success. Looking to the future, WHELF is working to continue to support shared services and the value of academic & research libraries. 

Emma Adamson
The key project currently is the WHELF shared service Library Management System, ExLibris – Alma and Primo. This project draws together 9 universities plus National Library of Wales and NHS Wales libraries to work for shared procurement, shared knowledge during implementation and benefits for both users and Library staff. Staff contributing to the project were the winners of the Times Higher Education’s Leadership & Management awards 2015 – Outstanding Library Team! Demonstrating recognition for their collaborative work.

Following the Cake Break, Anthony Skates, spoke on behalf of SEWP – South East Wales Partnership discussing the various previous projects the group has contributed to. From the SET South East Training Group sessions, running Books4U and working with Macmillan Cancer Support. Current projects include supporting the Big Lottery Bid in Torfaen and surrounding areas; mapping engagement with Communities First Hubs and actively supporting front-line staff working in Public Libraries with relevant skills in this changing time. Since 2013, SEWP has worked to provide a range of training to Library staff. These have been coordinated by Christina Nevines. Work has included ‘Best Practice in Reader Group Development’; ‘Partnership working with Job Centre Plus’; ‘Working with Dementia training and workshops’ and other skill focused training sessions.
Anthony Skates


This anniversary event was held at the recently refurbished Cardiff and Vale College. Attendees had the opportunity after the presentations for a tour around the Learning Skills Centre & Library facilities that are available for the FE students studying at CAVC. A big thank you to Melissa and her colleagues for their welcome and hospitality.
Cardiff and Vale College

Karen, Emma, Rebecca, Helen and the Cake!!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

CLIC@10 Event - Now rescheduled!

CLIC 10 year anniversary:  Celebrating collaborative networks in Wales

In December CLIC was 10 years old, to celebrate this achievement we are holding an event to discuss collaboration between library staff in Wales.  We have speakers from four different collaborative networks that operate in Wales; we will be hearing about collaboration between sectors, collaboration between organisations, collaborations between staff.  This event will be suitable for all library staff, and will count as a CPD activity.  Come and hear all about how we work well together, and get some ideas for your own collaborative ventures!

Venue: The Boardroom, Room 440, 4th Floor, CAVC, Canal Parade, off Dumballs Road, Cardiff.  CF10 5BF

Date: Tuesday 9th February 2016

Time: 2-5 pm
Speakers include:

Emma Adamson – WHELF
Mark Hughes – SWAMP
Anthony Skates - SEWP

Rebecca Evans / Karen Pierce – CLIC


Optional tour of CAVC library

& 17.30 onwards: CLIC Social at Urban Tap House, Westgate St

To book a space for this event please email Rebecca A. Evans or Rebecca Batt

Deadline to book: Friday 5th February 2016