RLUK Conference 2017 :: 8-10 March :: British Library

Registration is open for our 2017 conference, closing on Friday 24 February.

Theme: The Future of Research

Research libraries continue to innovate and transform, providing ever more vital support to research and researchers, yet in this rapidly changing academic climate what role will research libraries play in the future of the research ecosystem? The 2017 conference will explore these challenges for research libraries and academia.
Highlights from Academic Book Week 2017

Academic Book Week was a celebration of the diversity, innovation and influence of academic books, with events taking place across the country.

RLUK's Programme Officer, Christina Kamposiori, conducted interviews with five librarians to find out their views on the future of the academic book:

“The analysis of the book was the dominant influence on macroeconomic policies in the 30 years that followed the second world war, and we still debate, and employ, Keynesian policies today.” - Keynes's economic theory voted most influential academic book on British life.

John Holmwood and Martin Eve explore how academic publishing is changing, open access, what ‘impact’ means to them, and what advice they might offer to early career researchers. 
First journals and books published by White Rose University Press announced. Read more...

HEFCE to invest £10.7 million per year for university museums, galleries and collections. Read more...

The new CEO of UKRI, Sir Mark Walport, says a shake-up of UK research funding is needed if the country is to remain internationally competitive Read more...

Independent Voices collection available to UK institutions through library crowdfunding

Reveal Digital’s Independent Voices collection is now available to UK Higher Education institutions for pledging via the Jisc Collections catalogue at The pledging period runs until 31 July 2017.

Reveal Digital have developed a digital collection made up of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals from the latter half of the 20th century, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals and the New Left, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBTs, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines. As such, the Independent Voices collection will support research and teaching in the arts and humanities and especially American studies, Women’s and gender studies, English literature and contemporary poetry.

Reveal Digital's Independent Voices is a ground breaking initiative based on a library crowdfunding model that enables open access publishing of digitised collections once costs are recovered. Pledging libraries have exclusive access to the content until January 2019, at which time the entire collection will be made open access.

Jisc has negotiated particularly favourable pledging fees for UK institutions to enable as many institutions as possible to partake in this initiative and access the collections. In addition, half of the amount contributed by UK pledging libraries will go towards digitisation of UK material to be added to Independent Voices.

The recording of a webinar with more information about the Independent Voices collection and its cost recovery-open access model is available at

For more information please contact or Paola Marchionni,

Call for papers

CONUL Annual Conference, 30-31 May 2017, Athlone, Ireland

Theme: Inspiring and Supporting Research 
Deadline: 31 January 2017.

LIBER Conference, 5-7 July 2017, Patras, Greece

Theme: Libraries Powering Sustainable Knowledge in the Digital Age
Deadline: 12 February 2017

Research Information Systems Manager - University of Edinburgh 

Research Data Librarian - University of Manchester

Conservator - Durham University

Head of Technical Delivery - Bodleian Libraries

Museums and Galleries Manager - University of Liverpool

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