WESLINE is an umbrella group created to enable collaboration between the individual Library Groups for West European Languages and to facilitate the dissemination of information and discussion of issues in West European studies in the UK.
The members of WESLINE are:
Other language groups which may be of relevance or interest to WESLINE members include:
The WESLINE Mailing list
The new WESLINE mailing list is up and running with over 60 subscribers. Please use the list to relay messages about items of mutual interest to people who work in (or have an interest in) the field of resources for West European languages or area studies. To join the list go to http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/WESLINE
The ACLAIIR AGM & Seminar 2014 will take place in Cambridge on Tuesday, 17 June 2014, so put the date in your diaries! Watch this space for more details about the programme and seminar topic.
We look forward to seeing you there!
MORE CRIMES ACROSS THE CONTINENT! - a forthcoming symposium on continental crime writing and its translation into English.
This event will be held by the European Commission Representation in the UK in partnership with City University, London and will take place at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU, on Friday 21st March 2014 between 14h30 and 20h30.
A draft programme of the event has just been made available - watch this space for further information!
Entrance to this event is free, but places are limited. To reserve a place, please email Joanna Sywotko at
ACLAIIR's 21st Century Fiction from Latin America event took place on Wednesday 12 February 2014 at Senate House.
This was one-day seminar which brought together a wide range of participants including academics, postgraduates, librarians, translators, authors and researchers to discuss current trends in Latin American fiction, and find out about new research in the field.
Topics included translating Latin American fiction, the contemporary Cuban novel, digital media and new literary genres, and alternative literary formats such as the graphic novel. There were discussions on collecting fiction from Latin America in UK libraries, and the landscape of the UK market for Latin American fiction.
FSLG: The FSLG AGM and Study Day took place on Monday, 16th December 2013 in the Durning Lawrence Library Room at Senate House Library in London.
Programme details are available here.
This year for the Study Day part of the proceedings we decided to have a look at the important area of Francophone Studies. We had an excellent speaker in Professor Bill Marshall, Director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), who talked to us on a topic related to Francophone film (and updated us on the relaunch of the IMLR). We then adjourned for lunch, after which we visited the SOAS Library. Our guide was Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb who is the librarian in charge of the Middle East and Asia but who showed us the Library’s holdings relating to Francophone Africa.
GSLG - Call for contributions to the
German Studies Library Group Newsletter (ISBN 0951-2616)
The editors of the German Studies Library Group Newsletter welcome offers of contributions for next year’s issue of the Newsletter, in English or in German. Short pieces or news items, or longer, more detailed articles, are published on topics concerning librarianship/information management, libraries, collections, and other areas which focus on German matters (in the UK and beyond) and on German-speaking countries as well.
If you have a contribution in mind, or a news item or article to submit, please contact one or both of the Newsletter editors:
Recent issues have seen articles covering an interesting and varied range of topics, by:
Thank you – we look forward to hearing from you!
FSLG Annual Review 2012-2013
The latest issue of the FSLG Annual Review, issue 9, covering 2012-2013, is now available and can be viewed here.
The sixth WESLINE conference took place on Monday, September 2nd and Tuesday, September 3rd 2013
at Balliol College, Oxford.
This was the first WESLINE conference since the one in Manchester organized by Rachel Kirkwood, Helen Dobson and Glynis Platt in 2010. This year's organizer was Nick Hearn of the Taylor Institution Library, University of Oxford.
Thanks, Nick, for a wonderful event, and thanks to Joanne for her help!
Here are details of the event programme.
The event included library visits and exhibitions, as well as a wide variety of talks and presentations, samples of which can be accessed via the links below:
- Joanne Edwards: Approval Plans
- Maureen Pinder: How Leeds University is using the COPAC tools
- Hilla Wait: Demand-Driven Acquisition at Oxford University
- Kate Williams: The Changing Role of the Subject Librarian
- Fiona Godber and Anna Sander: Western European Language Books in Balliol
- Rachel Kirkwood: Restructures, robots and research collections
- Dr Robert McNamee: The Electronic Enlightenment Project
- Johanneke Sytsema: Open Access: Challenges for Humanities
- Colin Homiski and Nick Hearn: Preliminary Results of the Languages Questionnaire published 5 June 2013-1 August 2013
Complied by Colin and Nick, the questionnaire had two main aims:
- 1 To take a snap-shop of language expertise in our UK libraries;
- 2 To discover extent of awareness of library language groups such as the umbrella group WESLINE, ACLAIIR (Advisory Council on Latin American and Iberian Information Resources) FSLG, GSLG, ISLG (French, German and Italian Studies Library Groups)
The original questionnaire can be viewed here:
An alternative form of the questionnaire in WORD format is available here.
The lucky winner of the questionnaire prize draw (a £25 book token) was Mrs Jennifer Hillyard from Newcastle.
GSLG AGM and Guest Lecture 2013
This event took place on Friday, 5th July, kindly hosted by the Goethe-Institut, located at 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH. The afternoon’s programme began at 1.30 p.m. with refreshments, and included a tour and talk about the Goethe-Institut, a guest lecture on German musicians in Victorian Britain from Dr Stefan Manz, Head of German in the School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, and the Annual General Meeting of the German Studies Library Group. Members of the German Studies Library Group and the other language groups under the WESLINE umbrella were very warmly invited to attend.
ISLG AGM and Annual Lecture 2013
This event was held at the British Library on Monday 24th June. This year's Annual Lecture The Modernity of Verdi's Traviata celebrated the bicentenary of the birth of Guiseppe Verdi, and was given by Dr Stefano Castelvecchi (University of Cambridge).
ACLAIIR AGM and Annual Seminar 2013
This year’s AGM and Seminar was hosted by the the Institute for the Study of the Americas, and took place in Senate House, University of London on Tuesday 18 June.
The theme of the seminar was the supply of e- books from Spain, with presentations from Casalini, Iberoamericana and Digitalia, followed by discussion of the issues raised.
Details of the event are to be found on the full programme and registration form
A full account of the proceedings is being prepared for the ACLAIIR 2013 Newsletter, and a briefer account for this webpage.
For those of you who were unable to attend, our speakers have kindly agreed to make their presentations available on the ACLAIIR webpage.
Cross-Channel Reflections: European Travel and Migration Across the Centuries
was held at the British Library Conference Centre, London on 26 April 2013
This study day, organized by the European Studies Department of the British Library, was devoted to European travel writing and migration from the late seventeenth to the twentieth century. The speakers, who included professional writers and academics, explored both views of Britain by Continental writers and British views of the Continent, as well as migration within and from Europe. Areas covered embraced Eastern and Western Europe, from the Caucasus to Scandinavia, via Spain and Italy, and talks included one on French travellers to England between 1688 and 1734. One session was devoted to research projects creating innovative digital resources.
To view the full programme go to : http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event140838.html.
The event was sponsored by Adam Matthews Digital.
Bringing the Archive Home: Practical Digitisation Skills Workshop
This one day event took place on Wednesday 24th April 2013 in the Dr Seng Tee Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies in Senate House Library. It was an ISA event in collaboration with the Warburg Institute and the British Library.
Ian Jones, Photographer and Coordinator of Visual Resources, Warburg Institute;
David Jackson, Digitisation Officer, Senate House Libraries, School of Advanced Study;
Dr. Aquiles Alencar-Brayner, Digital Curator, British Library;
Dr. Gabriela Ramos, Department of History, Cambridge;
Professor Linda Newson, Institute for the Study of the Americas.
This hands-on workshop was designed to train scholars in the practical elements of archival research, with a particular emphasis upon capturing digital images of archival material in order to use them away from the archive at a later date.
The event programme can be viewed here
21st Century Fiction from Spain seminar on Thursday 18 April 2013
This one-day seminar organised by ACLAIIR, the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies and the Instituto Cervantes in London, was held on Thursday 18 April 2013 at the Instituto Cervantes.
The programme included:
* current trends in fiction in Spain today
- speakers: Peter Bush, Stuart Davis and Juan Angel Juaristo;
* trends in research in 21st-century fiction from Spain
- speakers: Daniela Omlor, Jennifer Rodríguez, Frank Lough;
* collecting fiction from Spain in UK libraries
- a panel of U.K. librarians;
* fiction from Spain: the U.K. market
- a panel of publishers and translators, including Jennifer Arnold (University Birmingham), Rowan Cope (Little, Brown: Abacus; Virago, Kirsty Dunsheath (Orion Books), Amanda Hopkinson (City University).
The event programme can be viewed here
A full report of the event will appear in the 2013 ACLAIIR Newsletter. Accounts of it are being prepared for the ACLAIIR webpage and a synopsis is being prepared for this website
WATCH THIS SPACE for a second symposium - 21st Century Fiction from Latin America: to be held on Wednesday 6 November 2013 in Senate House (tbc)
FSLG event: Friday April 12th 2013 at the French Institute, South Kensington.
Translation and Reception: 21st-Century French Fiction in the UK
[Event organised by the Society for French Studies and the French Studies Library Group, with the collaboration of the Institut français]
This event was a great success. It brought together some of the most important agents in the production and reception of contemporary French fiction, in France and (primarily) in the UK: reviewers and critics, literary agents, editors, translators, academics and librarians, to promote a better understanding of the processes of selection, translation and mediation, and of why this matters.
Speakers included writer, critic and ex-Le Monde journalist Patrick Kéchichian; the publisher Claire Paulhan; Hélène Fiamma of the Bureau du Livre; Kerry Glencorse of Susanna Lea Associates; translators Peter Bush, Ros Schwartz and Siân Reynolds; Ophélie Ramonatxo, Head of Libraries - La Médiathèque et Culturethèque; Melissa-Laure Mayer of the Institut’s library and Culturethèque; Albane Lejeune, Elève conservateur, ENSSIB ; Geoffrey Mulligan (editor with Harvill); David Platten (researcher and writer on French crime fiction); Marcella Frisani of the CESSP-EHESS in Paris. The ‘case-study’ session focused on the work of crime novelist Fred Vargas.
A full report of the event will appear in the next FSLG Annual Review, and a synopsis of the event is being created for this webpage.
FSLG and AGM Study Day 2012
The FSLG AGM and Study Day for 2012 took place on Thursday 15 November at the Senate House Library, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU.
Speakers included Professor Adrian Armstrong of Queen Mary, University of London who addressed the subject of how French studies academics and librarians can best prepare for the REF 2014.
Sarah Brain introduced the new FSLGwebsite which she set up and which is both user-friendly and attractive to look at (http://frenchstudieslibrarygroup.wordpress.com).
Colin Homiski and Nick Hearn gave a brief update on the Languages Survey which they are devising to obtain a snapshot of how many members of library staff in the Higher Education Library sector are involved in language work and the languages they cover with the intention of presenting the findings of the Languages Survey at the next WESLINE conference.
There were presentations by Sarah Brain and Nick Hearn on two important databases for French Studies: MLA and IBSS.
To view the programme of the day click here
An account of the day will appear in the next FSLG Annual Review.
ACLAIIR AGM and Seminar 2012
The AGM and Seminar were held at the Taylor Institution Library in Oxford on Friday 29 June 2012.
This year's seminar was entitled: Digital Resources in Hispanic Studies.
Speakers and subjects included:
Stephen Parkinson (Oxford University) - The Oxford Cantigas de Santa Maria Database
Joan Ramon Veny and Jordi Malé (Universitat de Lleida) – Corpus literari digital (en español)
Sonia Morcillo and Alison Sinclair (Cambridge University) - Wrongdoing in Spain, 1800-1936
The Italian Studies Library Group Annual Lecture 2012
The 2012 lecture After a Dictator Falls:The Shadow of Mussolini in Postwar Italy was delivered by Prof. Stephen Gundle (University of Warwick) and took place at the British Library on Monday, 18 June.
The flyer for the event can be viewed here.
The FSLG Annual Review 2011-2012 is now available and can be viewed here.
FSLG and AGM Study Day 2011
The FSLG AGM and Study Day for 2011 took place at the British Library in London on Monday 5 September 2011. Following the AGM in the morning, the afternoon featured presentations on issues facing Modern Foreign Languages Departments in the UK, and on Culturethèque (free online multimedia library). Speakers included Professor Philip Ford (Department of French, University of Cambridge) and Ophélie Ramonatxo and Léonore Schick (Institut français). There was be a tour of the BL's major exhibition Out of this World: Science Fiction but not as you know it led by the co-curator, Katya Rogatchevskaia.
ACLAIIR now has a new web page
ACLAIIR AGM and Seminar 2011
JORNADAS REDIAL/ACLAIIR 20-21 June 2011
This year’s meeting of the Hispanic Studies library group, ACLAIIR, was a joint event with the continental European association REDIAL (Red Europea de Información y Documentación sobre América Latina). It was held at the British Library at St Pancras and also at the Institute for the Study of the Americas in London on Monday and Tuesday 20-21 June.
The first day included presentations of research projects on Latin America by leading UK academics and also introductions to two major commercial projects of interest to Latin Americanists. The second day was devoted to REDIAL’s own projects. It is hoped that this meeting in London may encourage greater collaboration between UK and continental European information providers and librarians.
Details of the programme are available here.
Details of the academic speakers' profiles and research projects can be found below:
Claire Taylor (University of Liverpool)
Matthew Brown (University of Bristol)
Aquiles Alencar Brayner (British Library)
Stephen Hart (University College London)
Erica Segre (University of Cambridge)
ISLG AGM and Annual Lecture 2011
The Italian Studies Library Group (ISLG) held its AGM and Annual Lecture at the British Library on 21 June 2011.
Details of the events can be viewed here.
Unfortunately, Christopher Duggan's lecture had to be postponed because of illness, but Dr Maurizio Isabella (Queen Mary, University of London), stepped into the breach and delivered a lecture entitled Italian exiles in Britain during the 1820s.
Christopher Duggan's postponed lecture has been rescheduled for Monday 21 November 2011 at the British Library (further details to follow closer to the time).
The date, venue and time of the 2012 ISLG AGM will be Monday 18 June 2012 at 2pm at the British Library.
WESLINE 2010 Conference 1st - 3rd September 2010
The fifth annual WESLINE conference
Keeping calm and carrying on - level-headed librarians in a time of financial trouble
Forza! Prenez courage! ¡No te desanimes! Halt die Ohren steif!
was hosted by the John Rylands University Library, Manchester. There was a packed and practical programme of interest to librarians and academics across French, German, Italian and Spanish studies. The conference included presentations by academic staff of Manchester University's School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and by professional colleagues from Liverpool and Portsmouth.
Here is a link to an account of WESLINE 2010.
ACLAIIR AGM 29th June 2010
The 2010 Annual General Meeting of ACLAIIR was held in Meeting Room 4, Conference Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.
The AGM was followed by an afternoon seminar devoted to projects and current research on nineteenth-century Latin America.
Speakers, in order of appearance, were:
Natalia Sobrevilla Perea: Looking at Independence from the Andean Region;
Catherine Davies: Women's Portraits and Latin American Independence: Past and Present;
Will Fowler:The Pronunciamiento in Independent Mexico, 1821-1876.
[A link to the AHRC-funded research project: Gendering Latin American Independence: Women's Political Culture and the Textual Construction of Gender 1790-1850 is provided here.
A link to the AHRC-funded research project: The Pronunciamiento in Independent Mexico, 1821-1876 is provided here.]
In addition, Aquiles Alencar Brayner gave guided tours of his exhibition '¡Viva la Libertad! Spanish American Independence Movements, 1810-1860' in the British Library's Folio Society Gallery.
There then followed an evening event, held in the British Library Conference Centre:
The Legacy of Latin American Liberation
Most Spanish American countries have experienced political upheavals over the last century. The revolutions in Mexico, Cuba and Nicaragua, military coups in Argentina and Chile, and guerilla conflicts in Colombia and Peru are just some examples of the unstable political climate in the region. Our panel asked if the seeds for such regular turmoil were sown at the end of colonial rule and as many countries now appeared to be settling into democratic balance - was the continent set for a less turbulent future?
The panel consisted of: historian and journalist Richard Gott; US based writer Nikolas Kozloff; Nicola Miller, UCL and Oscar Guardiola, Birkbeck College University of London.
The ISLG AGM and Annual Lecture 29th June 2010
The ISLG AGM took place on Tuesday 29 June 2010 at the British Library and was followed by the Annual Lecture which took place at 6.00 pm that evening. This year's lecture was by Professor Brian Richardson on Transformations of a Text: Boccaccio's Decameron from Manuscript to Print and Beyond.
Details of the lecture can be viewed here.
WESLINE 2009 Conference 2nd - 5th September 2009
The fourth annual WESLINE conference was held in Durham. The conference organisers arranged a wide range of events containing elements of interest to French, German, Spanish and Italian studies: the programme of events for this conference can be viewed here.
The FSLG AGM was held after the WESLINE AGM on the 3rd September and the GLSLG AGM on the 4th September.
ACLAIIR AGM 19th June 2009
The 2009 Annual General Meeting of ACLAIIR was held on Friday 19 June at the Instituto Cervantes de Londres (102 Eaton Sq., London SW1W 9AN). The afternoon consisted of a seminar on the outcome of the RAE exercise for Latin American and Iberian Languages (i.e.Panel 55) and on the preliminary findings of the British Academy report on Latin American Area Studies.
Professor Catherine Davies, Philip Swanson and Linda Newson agreed to speak. We considered research trends, implications for resources and changes in research methods and practice. A final session looked at current practices in acquisition and selection of Hispanic materials in UK university and research libraries.
ISLG AGM and Annual Lecture 23rd June 2009
The ISLG AGM and the annual ISLG lecture both took place on Tuesday 23 June in The Conference Centre at the British Library. The AGM took place at 11am.
The annual lecture took place at 6pm. The title of this years lecture was "The poet as Pirate: D'Annunzio at Fiume and on Garda" and it was given by John Woodhouse, Emeritus Fiat Serena Professor of Italian in the University of Oxford.
The Society for Italian Studies Biennial International Conference 16th-19th April 2009
The Society for Italian Studies held its Biennial International Conference at Royal Holloway College (Univ. of London) on 16-19 April (2009).
FSLG Annual Review: issue 6 (2009-10)
The sixth issue of the FSLG Annual Review (2009-10) is now available. It is a mixture of feature articles and news items covering all matters relating to French Studies librarianship. It is an e-publication only, available from the FSLG and WESLINE websites as a PDF document. The editor would like to thank all those who contributed pieces. (PDFs require Adobe Acrobat reader. Click here to download).
ACLAIIR Newsletter: issue 17 (2008)
The WESLINE 2008 Conference (ACLAIIR/FSLG/GSLG/ISLG) 'Social Studies of Western Europe. Projects and resources' was held on 1st & 2nd of September at the British Library in London.
The conference focused on Social Studies in Western Europe, covering research trends and a range of academic and library case studies and projects. A selection of the conference papers are available below:
WESLINE is grateful to the Taylor & Francis Group for their support for this conference. Click here to view and download the full Conference Programme.
WESLINE 2007 Conference (ACLAIIR/FSLG/ISLG) / Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies joint colloquium, IGRS, University of London
'Exploding the canon. From Medieval Romance to TV Soap: meeting the challenges in resource provision'
The 2007 conference, hosted by the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, took place on Wednesday 12th September. The conference looked at how Romance Studies have evolved beyond language and literature to embrace all cultural phenomena. A selection of the conference papers are available below:
Further details of the conference programme are available on the IGRS website.
WESLINE 2006 Conference (ACLAIIR/FSLG/GSLG/ISLG), University of London
The 2006 conference, hosted by the University of London Research Library Services and the School of Advanced Study, took place in London on the 14th - 16th September. Here are details of the conference programme.
ISiS (Iberian Studies in SALALM)
Documents of interest
A major survey of UK academics was published by by JISC, RLUK and Ithaca S+R on 16 May 2013. The survey covered attitudes and practices relating to research, teaching, and communicating and revealed an increasing reliance on the Internet for research and publishing activities, with openness playing a growing role.
The British Academy : Languages: the State of the Nation. The report prepared by Teresa Tinsley, and launched on 14 February 2013, outlines the baseline data on foreign language use and deficits in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
WESLINE response to the British Library's Content Strategy Consultation compiled by Jill Kempshall.
Consortium of West European Studies Library Groups questionnaire and analysis. (These documents are PDF files and will require Adobe Acrobat to view them).
National Languages Strategy report by Hilary Foottit
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