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Information Services news 2011

New donations for Cardiff’s Cochrane Archive


Dr Thomas (left) and Mr Sweetnam with Rosemary Soper, Honourary Curator of the Cochrane Archive, displaying some of their donations.

Cardiff's Cochrane Archive has received donations of new material.

From Harvard to Cardiff - Distinguished Lecture Series demonstrates transatlantic similarities


Distinguished Lecture Series image.

The latest guest presenter in Cardiff’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Professor Robert Darnton from Harvard University, spoke about the campaign to create a Digital Public Library of America.

Online energy-saving calculator launched!


Storage Calculator logo

Information Services has launched the StorC Storage Calculator tool, which enables institutions to view the potential energy and cost savings of tiered file storage.

Supporting study with extra space


'Exams coming up...need space to study?'

From Monday 9th January 2012, the University will be providing extra study spaces at selected times throughout the Winter exam period.

Extended opening hours in University Libraries


Photograph of a library desk with laptop, books and notebook.

In response to growing demand for library, IT and quiet study spaces, the University Library Service will again be extending the opening hours of selected libraries this academic year.

Welcome to the new Health Library!


Books collections and seating area in the Health Library

The brand new Health Library at the Cochrane Building, Heath Park, opened on Monday 7th November.

Need advice on using Cardiff's libraries? 'Ask a Librarian Live' is here to help!


Student outside with laptop.

'Ask a Librarian Live' is an online instant messaging tool that enables users to connect with a member of staff in one of the University's libraries, and to receive a speedy response to their questions about the University Library Service.

Open Access – maximising research impact


Online Research @ Cardiff logo.

Researchers and research staff across Cardiff University discussed the benefits of providing Open Access to research at an Information Services event to mark International Open Access Week 2011.

More sustainable ways of working in Cardiff University


Picture of students working in the park

Cardiff University's Sustainability Week takes place between Monday 31st October and Friday 4th November,and provides the University community with an opportunity to reflect upon how we can all play our part in studying, researching and working more sustainably.

Welcoming new students


Girl using a laptop in a library.

Information Services has been working with colleagues throughout the University to ensure the smooth running of this year's enrolment process. This year, 25,137 students enrolled online through the Cardiff University website in an easier and more streamlined process.

Cardiff enjoys medical photography awards success


Award-winning image of the VERT room by Amy Lake and Bolette Jones.

Staff, current and former students of the Media Resources Centre have received awards in medical and ophthalmic photography at two international conferences.

Award success for Law referencing resource


Photograph of a library desk with laptop, books and notebook.

'Citing the Law' an online tutorial from Information Services, has won second prize in the Jorum Learning and Teaching Competition.

ARCCA Research Review 2011


Image of the ARCCA Machine Room.

The Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA) Online Research Review is now available on the ARCCA website.

Calling Cardiff’s Researchers! Learn more about Open Access publishing


Image of the refurbished Trevithick Library.

To celebrate International Open Access Week in October, Information Services is holding an event for researchers and research staff from across Cardiff University on Wednesday 26th October, 2pm - 3.30pm.

You said, we did - student survey results drive Information Services improvements


Two students talking in the park

The recent Information Services (INSRV) taught student survey saw responses from around 1,000 Cardiff students sharing their feedback about the IT, library and media services at the University.

Online energy calculator goes live to user community


Photograph of a laptop in grass.

The new Storage Calculator tool, which enables institutions to model the environmental and financial savings of different scenarios of tiered file storage, has been released as a beta version for testing. 

myPrint for more sustainable printing and photocopying


myPrint logo

myPrint, Information Services' new networked printing and photocopying system, has been launched in the libraries and open access IT rooms across Cardiff University.

New Health Library for Heath Park campus


Image of student reaching down a book from bookshelves.

Work is continuing on the new Cochrane Building and Health Library, which will open during the 2011-12 academic year on the Heath Park campus.

Bringing tomorrow's libraries to the Cardiff of today!


Image of the refurbished Trevithick Library.

A programme of upgrading and refurbishment in Cardiff University's libraries was celebrated at the recent 'Tomorrow's Libraries Today' event.

International design awards success


Dragons from the Designed to Smile campaign.

The Media Resources Centre has received a Gold Award and been named Best in Show at the recent Health and Science Communications Association's Media Festivals.

Bringing ancient Sanskrit culture to Cardiff



The Arts and Social Studies Library has received a donation of titles from the Clay Sanskrit Library.

Assessing e-resource value in Higher Education


CD Rom

Cardiff University's Information Services Directorate has developed the first generic system in the UK designed to enable education institutions to assess the popularity and use of the e-resources viewed via access management software.

Double award success for University library staff


information literacy logo

The valuable contribution of two of the University's library staff to the field of information literacy has been recognised at the recent Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC).

Further funding success for Welsh information literacy project


Photograph of a library desk with laptop, books and notebook.

A national project to promote the understanding and development of information literacy in Wales, has secured further funding from the Welsh Assembly Government.

Supporting study with extra space


Need room to think? ...take advantage of our new study spaces!

From Tuesday 3 May, the University is providing extra study spaces at selected times throughout the Summer exam period.

Calculating cost and environmental savings with new online tool


Photograph of a laptop in grass.

Cardiff University has launched the StorC (Storage Calculator) project to develop a web-based modelling tool that enables institutions to calculate the energy and financial savings from introducing more sustainable file storage.

Looking back on Information Services in 2010


'A Year in Information Services'

The Information Services online review of 2010, 'A Year in Information Services' is now available.

Internationally-leading green IT pilot study demonstrates savings


CD with reflection of trees.

The findings of an internationally-leading study by Information Services could reduce the energy used to store the University's information by over 80%.

Extended opening hours in University Libraries


Photograph of students in a library.

The University Library Service will be piloting extended opening hours in selected libraries during semester 2. 

Supporting sustainability with launch of Xchange system


Xchange logo

JISC Procureweb is pleased to announce the launch of its Xchange system. This is an upgrade to the existing system with added functionality.