Friday, 27 April 2012

Librarians in Cardiff


Cherry trees flowering during the international Erasmus week in Cardiff University Library: Erasmus Staff Development Programme, 16-20 April 2012

Cardiff University

Twelve librarians from Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Poland and Spain gathered together to learn new and share their experiences in cold but tulips blooming Cardiff in Wales ( We had a great opportunity to get an overview of the excellent practices of information literacy and information searching training. The Cardiff University Library is an award winning international leader in the information literacy (IL) field.

Through plenty of projects Cardiff University library has developed many new services and aids for information literacy teaching. Some examples of these are the successful Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching (translated in many languages, also in Finnish), IL Resource Bank, vodcasts and movies in YouTube.

Would you like to learn about Plagiarism? See the "horror-like" movie Cardiff University Library has produced various information literacy resources ( that can be utilized also in TAMK. Some of the library's new services such as special support for researchers and ”Ask a librarian live” chat were hot topics for us when considering and developing TAMK library’s future services.

Because of TAMK's new library building project, visits to numerous different libraries in Cardiff were an inspiring part of the exchange week. The most impressive library was the refurbished Trevithick Library ( that was opened in March 2009. After three years’ use the library's design furniture still looked like new. The co-operation of the young architect - also a library user - and the librarians was close and intensive from the beginning of the refurbishing. We really admired the excellently functioning, elegant and study oriented atmosphere of the library.

Cardiff week gave us fresh ideas. We feel that we learned a lot and are happy to share as much as possible of it with people in TAMK. With full of new ideas and energy we warmly recommend staff exchange to all!  

Cardiff harbour

Text : Auli Kuparinen, Information Specialist, TAMK Library, Pyynikintie and
Marja-Liisa Timperi, Information Specialist, TAMK Library, Kuntokatu 3

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