The Archives and the University Centenary

In order to celebrate the centenary of Swansea University, the Richard Burton Archives are working on a project to catalogue the University’s archive collections. These include collections of former students, academic staff, employees and other associates. The involvement of the Archives in the centenary is two-fold. The first aspect is the cataloguing and preservation of material to facilitate access for centenary and future research. Secondly, the work will increase potential engagement between the archives and other aspects of the university such as the academic departments.

As part of our Heritage Work Placement we contributed to the project by listing personal and institutional collections, summarising oral history recordings from the Voices of Swansea: 1920-2020 Oral History Project, and identifying copyright issues within the student newspaper collection. The wealth of sources spanning throughout the 100 years has provided us with a well-rounded knowledge of life at Swansea University. The oral history recordings in particular covered almost all aspects of university life, and their accounts were largely supported by articles in the student newspaper Crefft concerning social life on campus.

The personal and institutional collections are useful sources for researchers investigating the history of the University and its staff and students. The personal collections include documents relating to an individual’s academic and social life while at Swansea University, such as personal correspondence, photographs and exam papers. The institutional collections provide insight into the various workings of the university, including the creation of prospectuses and the building of facilities such as the Law Library and Fulton House.

The student newspapers reveal the importance of community life at the university. The authors tackled political and social issues concerning student life. The oral history recordings appear to support the idea of a close-knit community, with some interviewees noting a change in the student experience in recent years.

The material that we have worked with has provided us with a good knowledge of the history of our university and we are pleased to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the preparations for the University’s centenary.

Benjamin Stephens & Hannah Munkley

Canmlwyddiant yr Archifdy a’r Brifysgol

I ddathlu canmlwyddiant Prifysgol Abertawe mae Archifau Richard Burton yn gweithio ar brosiect i gatalogio casgliadau archif y Brifysgol. Mae’r rhain yn cynnwys casgliadau gan gyn-fyfyrwyr, staff academaidd, gweithwyr a pherthnasau eraill. Mae gan yr Archifau dwy ran yn nathliadau’r canmlwyddiant. Y rhan gyntaf yw catalogio a chadw deunydd i hwyluso mynediad ar gyfer ymchwil sy’n ymwneud â’r canmlwyddiant ac ymchwil y dyfodol. Yr ail ran yw’r gwaith i gynyddu’r ymgysylltu posib rhwng yr archifau a rhannau eraill o’r brifysgol megis adrannau academaidd.

Fel rhan o’n Lleoliad Gwaith Treftadaeth cyfrannwyd at y prosiect trwy restru casgliadau personol a sefydliadol, rhoi crynodeb ar gyfer recordiadau hanes llafar o Voices of Swansea:    1920-2020 Oral History Project, a chydnabod materion hawlfraint yng nghasgliad papurau newydd y myfyrwyr. Mae’r gwledd o ffynonellau sy’n lledu trwy’r 100 mlynedd wedi rhoi gwybodaeth gadarn i ni am fywyd ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe. Roedd y recordiadau llafar yn enwedig wedi cynnwys bron pob rhan o fywyd prifysgol a chefnogwyd eu hanesion yn helaeth gan erthyglau ym mhapur y myfyrwyr Crefft ynglyn â bywyd cymdeithasol ar y campws.

Mae’r casgliadau personol a sefydliadol yn ffynonellau defnyddiol ar gyfer ymchwilwyr sy’n archwilio hanes y Brifysgol a’i staff a’i myfyrwyr. Mae’r casgliadau personol yn cynnwys dogfennau sy’n ymwneud â bywyd academaidd a bywyd cymdeithasol unigolyn wrth astudio ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe megis gohebiaeth bersonol, lluniau a phapurau arholiad. Mae’r casgliadau sefydliadol yn rhoi ciplun o amryw weithredoedd y brifysgol gan gynnwys llunio’r prosbectws ac adeiladu cyfleusterau megis Llyfrgell y Gyfraith a Thŷ Fulton.

Datgela papurau’r myfyrwyr bwysigrwydd bywyd cymunedol yn y brifysgol. Aeth yr awduron i’r afael â materion gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol sy’n ymwneud â bywyd myfyrwyr. Ymddengys bod y recordiadau hanesion llafar yn cefnogi’r syniad o gymuned glos ac mae rhai o’r cyfweliadau yn sôn am newid ym mhrofiad y myfyriwr yn ystod y blynyddoedd diwethaf.

Mae’r deunydd y buom yn gweithio gydag ef wedi rhoi gwybodaeth dda i ni am hanes ein prifysgol ac rydym yn falch o gael cyfle i gyfrannu at y paratoadau ar gyfer canmlwyddiant y Brifysgol.

Benjamin Stephens & Hannah Munkley

 

June 14th, 2017

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The June Book Sale is now on; come along and have a look.
They are situated just inside the doors on the left hand side of the Study Hall on level 3 of the Library & Information Centre.
These books are either items that have been withdrawn because they are out of date or unused duplicates, or they are unwanted donations. This month’s sale comprises a miscellaneous selection and some donations.

Arwerthiant Llyfrau Mis Mehefin ymlaen yn awr; dewch draw i edrych.
Maent wedi eu lleoli tu fewn y drysau ar ochr chwith y Neuadd Astudio, ar lefel 3 yn y Llyfrgell a Chanolfan Wybodaeth.
Mae’r llyfrau yma naill ai wedi cael eu tynnu’n ôl oherwydd eu bod allan o ddyddiad neu yn rhai dyblyg nad sy’n cael eu defnyddio, neu’n rhoddion di angen. Mae arwerthiant y mis hwn yn cynnwys detholiad amrywiol ynghyd â rhai rhoddion.

June 6th, 2017

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The May Book Sale is now on; come along and have a look.
They are situated just inside the doors on the left hand side of the Study Hall on level 3 of the Library & Information Centre.
These books are either items that have been withdrawn because they are out of date or unused duplicates, or they are unwanted donations. This month’s sale comprises a miscellaneous selection and some donations.

Arwerthiant Llyfrau Mis Mai ymlaen yn awr; dewch draw i edrych.
Maent wedi eu lleoli tu fewn y drysau ar ochr chwith y Neuadd Astudio, ar lefel 3 yn y Llyfrgell a Chanolfan Wybodaeth.
Mae’r llyfrau yma naill ai wedi cael eu tynnu’n ôl oherwydd eu bod allan o ddyddiad neu yn rhai dyblyg nad sy’n cael eu defnyddio, neu’n rhoddion di angen. Mae arwerthiant y mis hwn yn cynnwys detholiad amrywiol ynghyd â rhai rhoddion.

May 11th, 2017

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One thousand PhD and MPhil theses from Swansea University will soon be available digitally following a recent partnership agreement with ProQuest. This development follows the University requirement that from 2017 all PhD theses are deposited online in Cronfa, the University’s institutional repository. This digitisation project will enable Swansea University to build a strong, freely-available open access research collection to act as a showcase for our vibrant research-led activities. The provision of a digital archive of primary source material also has a positive impact on teaching, learning and research. This partnership with ProQuest has been offered to a limited number of major research libraries in the UK, and Swansea is delighted to have been approached.

ProQuest, the leading commercial supplier of research dissertations and theses, will create the digital versions, as well as producing preservation copies. The digitised theses will then be loaded into Cronfa and into their own database, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, which will make them available for purchase.

Are you a former PhD or MPhil student?

If you are a former PhD or MPhil student who submitted your thesis between 2008 and 2015, we would like to inform you of this project and give you the opportunity to opt out should you wish to do so. To opt out please contact the Research Support team by Friday 23rd June. A limited selection of earlier theses will also be included in the project and all theses subject to current embargoes will be automatically excluded.

Contact us

Email: openaccess@swansea.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1792 604567

May 9th, 2017

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Cyn bo hir, bydd mil o draethodau ymchwil PhD ac MPhil o Brifysgol Abertawe ar gael yn ddigidol yn sgil cytundeb partneriaeth diweddar gyda ProQuest. Mae’r datblygiad hwn yn dilyn gofyniad y Brifysgol bod pob traethawd ymchwil PhD, o 2017 ymlaen, yn cael ei gadw ar-lein yng Nghronfa, storfa sefydliadol y Brifysgol. Bydd y prosiect digideiddio hwn yn galluogi Prifysgol Abertawe i greu casgliad cryf o ddeunyddiau mynediad agored sydd ar gael yn hwylus at ddibenion ymchwil, i dynnu sylw at ein gweithgareddau cyffrous a arweinir gan ymchwil. Mae darparu archif ddigidol o ffynonellau gwreiddiol hefyd yn cael effaith gadarnhaol ar addysgu, dysgu ac ymchwil. Mae’r bartneriaeth hon â ProQuest wedi cael ei chynnig i nifer cyfyngedig o brif lyfrgelloedd ymchwil y DU, ac mae’n bleser gan Brifysgol Abertawe gael ei gwahodd i fod yn rhan ohoni.

Bydd ProQuest, y cyflenwr masnachol mwyaf blaenllaw traethodau hir a thraethodau ymchwil, yn creu’r fersiynau digidol, yn ogystal â chynhyrchu copïau i’w cadw. Yna, ar ôl i’r traethodau ymchwil hyn gael eu digideiddio, cânt eu llwytho i Gronfa ac i’r gronfa ddata, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, lle byddant ar gael i’w prynu.

A ydych yn gyn-fyfyriwr PhD neu MPhil?

Os ydych yn gyn-fyfyriwr PhD neu MPhil a gyflwynodd eich traethawd ymchwil rhwng 2008 a 2015, hoffem roi gwybod i chi am y prosiect hwn a rhoi cyfle i chi optio allan os ydych yn dymuno gwneud hynny. I optio allan, cysylltwch â’r tîm Cefnogi Ymchwil erbyn dydd Gwener 23 Mehefin. Bydd detholiad cyfyngedig o draethodau ymchwil cynharach yn cael eu cynnwys yn y prosiect hefyd, a bydd unrhyw draethawd ymchwil sydd dan embargo ar hyn o bryd yn cael ei hepgor yn awtomatig.

Cysylltu â ni

E-Bost: openaccess@abertawe.ac.uk
Ffôn: +44 (0)1792 604567

May 9th, 2017

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The April Book Sale is now on; come along and have a look.
They are situated just inside the doors on the left hand side of the Study Hall on level 3 of the Library & Information Centre.
These books are either items that have been withdrawn because they are out of date or unused duplicates, or they are unwanted donations. This month’s sale comprises a miscellaneous selection and some donations.

Arwerthiant Llyfrau Mis Ebrill ymlaen yn awr; dewch draw i edrych.
Maent wedi eu lleoli tu fewn y drysau ar ochr chwith y Neuadd Astudio, ar lefel 3 yn y Llyfrgell a Chanolfan Wybodaeth.
Mae’r llyfrau yma naill ai wedi cael eu tynnu’n ôl oherwydd eu bod allan o ddyddiad neu yn rhai dyblyg nad sy’n cael eu defnyddio, neu’n rhoddion di angen. Mae arwerthiant y mis hwn yn cynnwys detholiad amrywiol ynghyd â rhai rhoddion.

April 7th, 2017

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‘5 days of EndNote’ is an open online course for Swansea University students. The course will run between the 27th – 31st March.

How the course will work

Each day there will be a new blog post that will talk you through using EndNote Online. We will start with the basics of creating an account, but by the end of the week you will be able to use EndNote to insert citations and references lists in your word documents.

The course will cover:

  • Creating an EndNote Online account
  • Entering references manually
  • Importing references
  • Organising and sharing your references
  • Creating bibliographies/reference lists
  • Using EndNote with word to insert citations and reference lists

How to join in

Visit https://5daysofendnote.wordpress.com/ and sign up to follow the blog by email. We will also tweet links to the new posts each day from @SwanseaUniLib using the hashtag #su5doe.

Mae ‘5 niwrnod o EndNote’ yn gwrs ar-lein i fyfyrwyr Prifysgol Abertawe. Cynhelir y cwrs rhwng 27 – 31 Mawrth.

Sut bydd y cwrs yn gweithio

Bob dydd, bydd blog newydd a fydd yn eich tywys drwy ddefnyddio EndNote Online. Byddwn yn dechrau gydag elfennau sylfaenol creu cyfrif, ond erbyn diwedd yr wythnos byddwch yn gallu defnyddio EndNote i fewnosod rhestri cyfeiriadau a dyfyniadau yn eich dogfennau Word.

Bydd y cwrs yn ymdrin â:

  • Creu cyfrif EndNote Online
  • Gosod cyfeiriadau
  • Mewnforio cyfeiriadau
  • Trefnu a rhannu’ch cyfeiriadau
  • Creu llyfryddiaethau/rhestri cyfeiriadau
  • Defnyddio EndNote gyda Word i fewnosod rhestri cyfeiriadau a dyfyniadau

Sut i ymuno

Ewch i https://5daysofendnote.wordpress.com a chofrestrwch i ddilyn y blog drwy e-bost. Byddwn yn trydar dolenni i’r postiadau newydd bob dydd o @SwanseaUniLib gan ddefnyddio’r hashnod #su5doe.

March 23rd, 2017

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Swansea University Library has won the national Welsh Libraries Marketing Award 2017 (HE category) for the fourth time. The awards were open to all library, archive and information services in Wales to recognise and reward marketing in Libraries.

The award was won for the “Assignments: Survive and Thrive” campaign run at Swansea University’s Libraries during November 2016 and more recently in February 2017. This campaign was designed to promote and highlight the services Librarians provide to students when writing their assignments, which include

We also collected study tips from our students which we have since shared. Many congratulations to everyone involved in this award winning project.

March 7th, 2017

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Mae’r Lyfrgell yma ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe wedi cipio gwobr genedlaethol yng Ngwobrau Marchnata Cymru 2017 (Adran Addysg Uwch) am y pedwaredd tro.  Roedd y gwobrau yn agored i bob gwasanaeth llyfrgell, archif a gwybodaeth yng Nghymru i gydnabod a gwobrwyo marchnata.

Ennillwyd y wobr am y prosiect “Aseiniadau: Goroesi a Ffynnu” a gynhaliwyd yn Llyfrgell Prifysgol Abertawe yn ystod Mis Tachwedd 2016 ac yn fwy ddiweddar ym mis Chwefror 2017. Pwrpas y prosiect oedd i atgoffa myfyrwyr am y gwasanaethau sydd ar gael gan y Llyfrgellwyr tra bod myfyrwyr yn ysgrifennu traethodau, sef:

Buom hefyd yn casglu’ch awgrymiadau ymchwil ac rydym eisioes wedi eu rhannu. Llongyfarchiadau enfawr i bawb cymerodd rhan yn y prosiect yma.

March 7th, 2017

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International Women’s Day is on Wednesday, March 8th. To celebrate we have put together a small selection of books and other publications by Swansea University’s women staff and alumni who have made an impact in their field.

Arts and Humanities

Creative Writing Alumni

South Wales Miners’ Library

  • “Do miners read Dickens?” co-authored by South Wales Miners’ Librarian, Sian Williams http://bit.ly/2n6Mrim

Science, Human Sciences and Medicine

 

Look out for us on Twitter!

We would be delighted if you would join in on Twitter by retweeting our tweets or telling us about your favourite SU female authors!  Just follow @SwanseaUniLib and look out for the hashtag:

March 6th, 2017

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