RLUK Newsletter July 2014
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Chair's Update

Dear all,

In the next few days David Prosser will be sending all the RLUK Directors what we hope is the final draft of the RLUK strategy 2014-2017. The strategy has benefitted greatly from the workshop which was held prior to the RLUK annual meeting in York in March. Further editing by the board sharpened the focus before David and Mike did the final polishing. It takes a different form to the previous strategy with its five 'key themes' being sub-divided into specific objectives. John MacColl and I have begun discussions with the executive team about implementation and we hope to hear your views over the summer about how we might most effectively address the diverse challenges described in this ambitious document.

At our most recent meeting, the Board agreed to expanding membership of RLUK, capping the number of libraries at 40. By keeping membership at this level it is hoped we can retain focus on issues that relate specifically to supporting research as well as remaining lean and efficient enough to be able to respond to changes in the higher education landscape with agility and clarity. David is preparing further information for libraries who would like to join. Libraries will be asked to provide evidence of collections of historical and research significance and/or a parent organisation of appropriate research intensity. We will, of course, keep you informed when members are welcomed into the RLUK community.

As you are aware, I have joined the panel, chaired by Sir Bob Burgess, out-going VC of the University of Leicester, reviewing the implementation of the Research Council UK's open access policy over the past two academic sessions. Paul Ayris, Librarian University College London, is also a member, nominated by Universities UK.

The first meeting took place last Friday and was largely concerned with the gathering of evidence and how the review will operate. Universities will be receiving a call for evidence over the next few weeks which will focus both on data associated with the expenditure of the RCUK block grant and also on operational issues and challenges that have arisen over the past couple of years associated with the implementation of the RCUK policy. Evidence will also be gathered from publishers and learned societies.

RCUK will also be investigating compliance by sampling publications through Scopus or Web of Science for information about licenses, embargo periods etc. The review will be conducted with maximum openness possible with minutes of the panel meetings as well as the papers discussed available through the RCUK website. A series of workshops will also be organised to gather oral evidence from a range of experts and organisations including RLUK, SCONUL, Jisc, publishers, learned societies and many others. The Effective and Efficient Publishing Group have already begun gathering valuable information from member libraries about work in this area.

Evidence from the workshops will be made available to all through the review website alongside panel papers and individual written submissions. An interim report will be prepared for the RCUK executive by the end of 2014 and a final report will be complete by February 2015. The report will inform the level of the OA fund for 2016/17 and 2017/18 and will consider any changes in how the policy is implemented. Further meetings of the panel are currently scheduled for October and December. I will, of course report back on how the review develops through the newsletter and to the RLUK board. I will also be sharing information with SCONUL and other colleagues.

Finally, many congratulations to Martin Lewis and his team at the University of Sheffield for winning Outstanding Library Team in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2014!

With very best wishes


Dr John Scally has been appointed as the new National Librarian at the National Library of Scotland. He returns to where he started his library career in 1993 when he was appointed as a curator in the British Antiquarian Division...

Notes, presentations and additional supporting documentation are now available from the recent Jisc OAIC workshop, which brought together the current, newly commissioned OA Good Practice Pathfinder projects with those from the wider HE community.

Further announcements regarding future events, webinars and workshops will be available on the blog and twitter

Valerie McCutcheon, University of Glasgow

Dates for Your Diary

Repository Fringe 2014, University of Edinburgh

IFLA World Library and Information Conference, Lyon

RLUK/Jisc RDM Workshop, Library of Birmingham (TBC)

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities, Library of Birmingham

RLUK Conference 2014, Library of Birmingham

Thanks to Phil Sykes and colleagues at the University of Liverpool Library for welcoming the RLUK team in June. It was an excellent day of discussions (and acronyms).
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