RLUK Newsletter May 2013

Executive Director's Update

Many of us will have watched with our hearts in our mouths as news came in of a fire at the National Library of Wales.  We are all relieved that the library was able to reopen to visitors so quickly after the fire was extinguished and that damage to the collections has been minimal.  But our thoughts are with colleagues at NLW as they work through the implications of the event and the inevitable disruptions that have resulted.

April saw two major changes that will affect scholarly communication for decades to come.  The first was that the RCUK revised policy on open access came into effect.  We are still working though the implications (and the policy is still being updated), but the policy heralds a radical re-evaluation of the relationship between funders and research outputs.  Whether in terms of use of institutional repositories or the long-term effect on subscriptions, the library will play a central part in the changing environment.  Through the review of the Finch Report, the activities of the Open Access Implementation Group and other outlets RLUK will continue to have a voice in determining the role of the library. The other major innovation was the implementation of legal deposit for websites and electronic publications.  A major new field for collections and future research has opened up and we are grateful to all who have, over 15 long years, pushed and fought for electronic legal deposit.

David Prosser

RLUK Member Tour

Last week the RLUK Secretariat headed up to Durham for the next stop in their tour of member libraries. The day started with a roundtable discussion led by University Librarian, Jon Purcell, who outlined the key activities undertaken by Durham including the upcoming Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition that will be held at the University's Palace Green LibraryThe Secretariat were then taken on a tour of the Bill Bryson Library and the elegant East Wing extension which has transformed the library into an impressively light and spacious study environment.

The member tour is part of a more proactive and open approach that RLUK will take to engaging with our members and we aim to visit one member per month. For more information please e-mail Melanie Cheung

Exeter Presentations

Presentations and slides from the recent Exeter meeting can be viewed at our media blog. The themes of the two sessions at the meeting were research data management and making unique and distinctive collections work, with presentations from Stephen Pinfield (Sheffield), Andrew Cox (Sheffield), Sean Duffy (Birmingham), Emma Cayley (Exeter), Chris Banks (Aberdeen) and Titia van der Werf (OCLC Research).

RLUK's Diary

David Prosser at Copyright for Knowledge meeting, Wellcome Library
Mike Mertens at CCM Board meeting, Leeds University

David Prosser at Jisc Collections Awayday, London

David Prosser and Mike Mertens at the Academic Survey Workshop, Wellcome Library

RLUK Board and Secretariat at the RLUK Board Meeting, Senate House Library

Dates for Your Diary

Jisc and RLUK Academic Survey Workshop, Wellcome Library
Confirmed speakers: David Prosser, Roger Schonfeld (Ithaka S+R) and Rachel Bruce (Jisc)
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