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ERASMUS Staff Development Programme

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The Cardiff University Library Service ERASMUS Staff Development Programme was first developed by Sonja Haerkoenen, University Library Service international engagement contact, in response to enquiries for staff training from international colleagues. 

For further information you can also read Sonja's article on the programme in SCONUL Focus.

Details of the 2016 programme and how to apply are now available...





The inaugural programme in February 2009 featured four days of seminars and workshops spanning four modules on different topics relevant to information services within the British library system.

2010 programme visitors

2010 visitors with Sonja Haerkoenen and Janet Peters, University Librarian.


In February 2010, the programme was expanded to include five days of teaching and visits to off-campus sites of interest such as the Cardiff Central Library and the St. Fagans National History Museum.

There were also presentations from participants drawing from their own experiences and areas of expertise. 

Eleven library professionals from the Czech Republic, Finland, Poland, Spain, and Sweden attended the programme. 


The programme ran again in April 2012, and focused on:

  • Research support;
  • Information literacy;
  • An introduction to the European Documentation Centre at Cardiff University;
  • The University's new Health Library.
2012 attendees with Sonja Haerkoenen.

2012 attendees with Sonja Haerkoenen.

The 13 attendees (who came from five countries - Czech Republic, Finland, Poland, Spain and Germany), enjoyed visits to Cardiff Bay, St Fagans National History Museum, as well as Cardiff Central Library and the University of Glamorgan's ATRiuM Building.  

The programme was very successful and positive feedback was received:

"It has been an interesting and inspiring experience."

"I enjoyed it so much to be part of this programme and will use many things I've learned for my work."





The most recent programme, which was held in early April, was fully booked and saw 24 librarians from nine countries travel to Cardiff for a week of visits, presentations and networking.

Erasmus 2014 visitors

2014 attendees with Sonja Haerkoenen and Luisa Tramontini. 

This year's programme featured a range of library-related topics, including approaches to social media; the University's Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR); information literacy; and Open Access publishing.  

Sonja Haerkoenen, event organiser and the Library Service's international engagement contact, said: "We have developed our programme year-on-year, increasing the range of presentations and discussions with each event. As well as demonstrating how we approach some of these topics at Cardiff, we try to ensure that they are transferrable across different countries. Feedback from this year's visitors demonstrates that they are each taking new ideas and good practice back to their home institutions."

"What engaged staff you have, a dream team."

"Thank you for an inspiring week! I will recommend it for my colleagues for sure!"

"The presentation about Social Media made me think differently than before."

"Thank you all very much for organising this week, amazing opportunity to meet colleagues, practise English and learn from others."

“This was very interesting experience. I want to use a lot of things in my job.”

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Applying for the next Library Service Erasmus Staff Development Programme

While participants in the past have come from EU states and professional library backgrounds, the Cardiff University Library Service Erasmus Staff Development Programme is open to anyone with an interest in information literacy training and learning about the Cardiff University library system.

The next Erasmus Staff Development Programme will take place 9 - 13 May 2016. Bookings will open in December 2015.

A summary of the last Programme, run in 2014, is available:


Attendees may also request additional, individually tailored training or sessions appropriate to their areas of interest with relevant members of staff.  These sessions may be arranged in the week prior to, or following the programme subject to staff availability.  In previous years, attendees have opted to attend information literacy classes or meet with staff in areas such as acquisitions and digitisation. Contact the programme coordinators to discuss your requirements as far in advance as possible.  

Most of the delegates are able to secure funding via their own institution using the ERASMUS + Staff Mobility initiative


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Please direct any enquiries to the programme coordinators:

Sonja Haerkoenen


Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0965

Luisa Tramontini


Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5691