RLUK Newsletter October 2015
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9 - 11 March 2016 :: British Library

! Call for papers deadline extended to 23 October !

CALL FOR PAPERS: We are inviting proposals for papers (20 minutes) and workshops (1.5 hours) around the theme of disruptive innovation in the research library.


  • The disrupted academy: new theories and blueprints for HE
  • Challenging the traditional scholarly communications model: new paradigms in academic publishing
  • From meetings to makerspaces: reshaping the encounter with teaching and research
  • Leading the way: inspiring from the top to nurture innovation from the ground up.
  • Disruptive collaboration: how non-traditional partnerships are opening up new avenues for the academy
  • Wrangling data: making data ‘faster, smarter and more personal’*
  • Researcher engagement and support: exploring the interrelation of library and research offices
  • Working in concert: new impetus and inspirations for collaboration across campus
  • Hiring and firing up: integrating and exploiting new expertise within our libraries

Call for speed presentations

We are also inviting proposals for speed presentations for the 2016 conference on the theme of 'Innovation in our libraries'.

Speed presentations are fast-paced and highly visual, with speakers restricted to 20 slides at exactly 20 seconds per slide (six minutes and 40 seconds in total).

Find out more about the call for papers and the conference 

The RLUK Conference is open to colleagues from both RLUK and non-RLUK libraries.

Here in the US, academic libraries are managing their print book collections in new ways, prompted by shifts in user behaviour, new demands on library space and other factors.

How does this change manifest itself?

RLUK Library in Focus:
University of Oxford

Collections management: share the experience event @ York

Eighty delegates gathered at York on 7 July 2015 for what was arguably the first collections management (CM) practitioner based event. The day was hosted by the University of York Library at the Ron Cooke Hub at the Heslington East campus, with the support of Jisc, RLUK and SCONUL. Read more...

Latest News

  • The Open Library of Humanities publishing platform launches. Read more...
  • Jisc is holding a free webinar on 19 October to support institutions with implementing open access. Find out more...
  • The University of Leeds is offering tours of its new Laidlaw Library on 30 October and 17 December. To enquire about the tour please e-mail Ella Blake.
  • The European Library is holding a workshop on Text and Data Mining in Europe: Defining the Challenges and Actions on 11 November at The Hague. Registration information.

Dates for your diary

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