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RLUK Chair's Update

Dear All

As the year winds down, I would like to convey season’s greetings to all members of RLUK.

We have had a full year. We had a change of Chair at the March AGM, and a new Strategy to begin to implement. We have begun an important new relationship with OCLC over collections analysis, and sustained our many vital relationships that keep us active in the worlds of scholarly support, partnership and stewardship. We gained four new members in the course of the year – so let me extend particularly warm greetings and congratulations to Sussex, Royal Holloway, Reading and Leicester. We ran an excellent conference in Salford jointly with The National Archives, and enjoyed a stimulating Members’ Meeting in Warwick. We lost a long-serving Deputy Executive Director, with the departure of Mike Mertens, while at the same time taking the decision to create a new post in the Executive to recognise our increased numbers.

As we enter 2016, we are in transition: our Executive Team office is moving from Birmingham to the University of London, along with the employment contracts of its staff. We shall fill our two vacant positions in the Team as soon as we possibly can. As we grow in number, revamp the Executive Team and maintain momentum in our key agenda areas, the time is right to do some regrouping and rethinking. A survey of members yielded valuable information which was discussed by the Board at its winter retreat in Edinburgh last week. The year ahead will deliver a conference in March which will be accompanied by a meeting of major research library organisations from across the world. There is a new urgency to collaboration in research librarianship – regional, national and international, and RLUK needs to be ready to play its full part. 

I wish you all a peaceful Christmas.

John MacColl
RLUK Chair

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Together libraries have a great deal of power

 
Knowledge Unlatched is asking libraries to participate in the Round 2 Collection: 78 new titles in the Humanities (Anthropology, Literature, History) and Social Sciences (Politics, Media & Communications) from 26 respected scholarly publishers.
 
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Dates for your diary

The RLUK offices will be closed from 23 December for the Christmas holidays, reopening on 4 January 2016. 

From January 2016 all correspondence should be sent to:

Research Libraries UK
PO Box 3671
Stoke-on-Trent
ST8 9BL
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