RLUK Newsletter February 2014
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Dear all,

Although it's a little late to be offering New Year good wishes I do so sincerely hoping that you are still feeling the benefits of the Christmas break despite the pressures we are all under at this time of year.

Over the past month, David, Mike, Melanie and I have been working up the notes from the Board's away day into a draft of the RLUK strategic plan for discussion at the February Board meeting. I am confident of robust discussion which will shape and improve the document further. The Board's December discussions were informed by feedback from RLUK Directors on the current plan and in particular comments on current key concerns. I am very grateful to all Directors for taking the time to do this.

At the March Members' Meeting in York there will be an opportunity to discuss the proposals at a workshop on the afternoon of Thursday 20 March prior to the main meeting on Friday. Your views and ideas will add significant value to the new strategy and will ensure that it is relevant to all the libraries in the RLUK community, so please make sure both the workshop and the main meeting are in your diary.

Work continues on the new website. Melanie is leading on this project, working closely with the web designers Rippleffect. We want to transform communications within the RLUK community making it easier to manage projects and share news and ideas. The design process is taking longer than anticipated and we apologise for that. The website will be released in three phases over this year, and we look forward to launching the first phase at the end of February. 

You will all be aware that David, Mike and Melanie have constructed their own RLUK monthly odyssey, visiting each of the 34 member libraries. The visits provide an opportunity for RLUK staff to interact with a wide spectrum of library staff and to understand the challenges around service delivery from those directly involved with students and researchers. The first visit for the New Year was to UCL. David, Mike and Melanie would like to thank Paul Ayris and his senior team for an excellent day of discussions covering the library's current and future strategic priorities including the new Cruciform Hub building, which will house the life and medical sciences collection, and plans to develop the UCL Press to better support UCL's research agenda. 

I gate-crashed the next day's visit to the Wellcome Library and enjoyed the opportunity to hear about ambitious plans for digitisation of medical printed texts as well as seeing progress with the major building work the library is undergoing. We also discussed the open access agenda, subscription prices, the library's open source 'digital asset player' and much more besides! Thanks to Simon Chaplin and his staff at the Wellcome Library and to all the other Libraries that have already hosted a visit. If you have any suggestions as to how we might squeeze even more value out of them please do pass comments back to Melanie.

Finally, a reminder to book early for the March meeting. It would be good to have a full house in York.

Stella Butler
Chair, RLUK

RLUK's Diary

David Prosser at Knowledge Exchange workshop of sustainability of Open Access Services, Utrecht

RLUK Secretariat at RLUK Board Meeting, London

RLUK Secretariat member visit to University of Glasgow

RLUK Secretariat member visit to University of Edinburgh

David Prosser at Open Access: The Book Event, Manchester

Mike Mertens at FSR Conference, Rome

Mike Mertens at iConference, Berlin

David Prosser and Mike Mertens at Jisc Digital Festival, Birmingham

David Prosser and Mike Mertens at RLUK RDM Group meeting, Birmingham

Dates for Your Diary

FSR 2014: Reshaping the Library Catalogue, Rome

iConference 2014, Berlin

RLUK AGM & Members Meeting, University of York

LIBER Architecture Group Seminar, Helsinki

RLUK Conference 2014, Library of Birmingham

If you would like to submit an event for the diary in the next newsletter please e-mail Melanie Cheung

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The 2014 RLUK Conference will take place at the Library of Birmingham on 12-14 November 2014. #RLUK14
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RLUK and The European Library Join Forces

The RLUK secretariat, together with Joy Palmer from Mimas, met with The European Library staff in The Hague this January. The meeting mapped the way forward in terms of data ingestion from RLUK members into The European Library portal. Horizon 2020 and opportunities for participation in European-funded projects and The European Library’s working groups were also discussed over the two day meeting.
RLUK's partnership with The European Library will now allow for the ingestion of valuable data from RLUK’s member libraries into the larger European Library set. This will provide researchers across the globe with greater access to digital items and bibliographic records held by these prestigious libraries.
Data provided by RLUK will also be made available as Linked Open Data. This is part of The European Library’s aim of working with its members to expose a set of their combined bibliographic metadata as a CC0 dataset - a dataset openly available for any type of reuse. The data provided by RLUK will also be disseminated via The European Library’s API and developers will be able to create applications to search and display this data. 

Original MARC records from two RLUK member libraries (around 1.3 million records) are currently being tested by Chief Data Officer, Nuno Freire and the ingestion team to determine the way forward with the entire RLUK dataset. The results of the processed data will then guide a variety of exciting events planned by RLUK and promoted by The European Library. 

RLUK Spotlight: Louise Edwards

Louise Edwards, Director of The European Library, joined the organisation in 2007 from Cranfield University (UK), where she was Research and Innovation Manager for the Library Service. In 2001, she was seconded to the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as Collections Manager responsible for e-books and research data, a job which gave her a lot of contact with the academic publishing sector. Her early career was as a Slavist at the University of Birmingham and she spent 18 months on a project in Poland for the British Council. Louise has a first degree in European languages (Russian/Spanish/Portuguese) and postgraduate degrees in Cultural Policy and Management and Librarianship.
Louise expressed her excitement at the new RLUK-The European Library collaboration: “We are extremely pleased to extend our aggregation service with RLUK members. This is a rare opportunity to extend our library innovation programme and further extend the benefits of our aggregation system. Our ability to work together promises new avenues for sharing and exposing library content, and therefore increasing the impact of libraries on an international scale.”
At the January meeting Louise shed light on the organisation’s four main priorities for 2014: quality data and collections, partnerships, research and learning, and increasing members. She also discussed The European Library’s strategy over the next two years which will focus on creating a massive dataset of national and research libraries’ data, data enrichment and enhancement, the distribution and use of data, research and innovation as well as fostering a knowledge sharing network. The European Library will also continue to be heavily involved in numerous innovative projects including: ARROW, Europeana Cloud, Europeana Newspapers, CENDARI, Enumerate and others

Knowledge Unlatched Pilot

The sign-up deadline for the Knowledge Unlatched Pilot is fast approaching. Libraries have until 28 February 2014 to help secure open access for the KU Pilot Collection, which consists of 28 front-list titles from 13 recognised scholarly publishers.
Large, research-intensive universities as well as high schools and even publishing industry consultancies are all represented in the list of libraries from 13 countries that have signed up so far:
DELNI and HEFCE are providing a grant of up to £550 for university libraries in Northern Ireland and England that join the pilot. The grant, which is being administered by Jisc Collections, reduces the cost of participating by 50% for university libraries in Northern Ireland and England, ensuring that they will pay no more than £550.
Libraries in Scotland and Wales are also being encouraged to take part in the pilot and will pay no more than £1100. 
UK libraries can sign up via the Jisc Collections system at:
The Knowledge Unlatched Pilot is an opportunity for large and small libraries from all over the world to demonstrate their support for open access for monographs and to work together to find positive solutions to problems that affect everyone.
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