RLUK Newsletter July 2015
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Chair's update

Dear Colleagues

For the past few months I have been chairing a Membership Sub-Group designed to evaluate the case to admit some new members to RLUK. After many years of gradual growth in membership, from the original days of CURL, the Board took a decision last year – in view of the evidence of continued interest from potential new members – to adopt a process for admitting members on the basis that RLUK would remain at a manageable size, and with a view to keeping our focus as a research library organisation as clear as possible. We set the limit on membership at 40, and – after a rigorous process of application and review, we are delighted to welcome four new university members – Leicester, Sussex, Royal Holloway and Reading.

I am grateful to our Executive Director, David Prosser, and to the member library Directors who served on the Group. This means that we have now grown to 38 member libraries, and so there will be scope to run the exercise again in a few  years’ time. In the meantime, we will spend some time considering the size and structure of the Executive, and looking at how it can work with the Board to ensure that RLUK is the powerful association its members expect and deserve.

John MacColl
Chair, RLUK

Wellcome Library developing cloud-based digital platform

The Wellcome Library is embarking on an exciting new project to prototype a cloud-based digital library platform. If successful, the platform will be made available to other cultural heritage organisations to use. Read more...

OCLC blog post: University of Warwick in focus

The University of Warwick was one of the first RLUK members to engage with the joint RLUK and OCLC collection management initiative. Like other research libraries, Warwick is contributing to a unique evidence base for managing legacy printed stock on a collective basis by loading its holdings data on to WorldCat. Read more...

WHELF wins Outstanding Library Team at THELMAs


Congratulations to Janet Peters at Cardiff, Aled Gruffydd Jones at NLW and all our colleagues at WHELF for winning the Outstanding Library Team award at the recent Times Higher Education Leadership & Management Awards. 

Digital.Bodleian website launched

The Digital.Bodleian website includes more than 100,000 images covering everything from beautifully illustrated manuscripts and centuries-old maps to Victorian board games and Conservative Party election posters from the last 100 years. Read more...

Sector news

  • Congratulations to Susan Ashworth, who has been appointed University Librarian at the University of Glasgow. Susan will succeed Helen Durndell after she steps down at the end of this month.
  • National consortium for ORCID set to improve UK research visibility and collaboration. Read more...
  • Elsevier journal editors ‘may be asked to resign’ in open access row. Read more...
  • Researchers offered 95% accuracy on publisher open access policies. Read more...
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Dates for your diary

19-20 November - RLUK Autumn Member's Meeting, University of Warwick
9-11 March 2016 - RLUK Conference, British Library

Registration open for DCDC15

Since we opened registration for DCDC15 a few weeks ago the response has been fantastic. We have delegates from over 150 organisations already signed up for the event and look forward to welcoming all that will join us in Manchester in October.

If you've still to register you can do so on our Eventbrite page and information on registering is available on our website.

Our programme features over 70 speakers across 12 panel sessions, 6 workshops and 4 keynote sessions.

Last year our delegates told us they wanted more opportunities to network so we are pleased to be holding two evening events during the conference: the first a pre-conference shindig at the stunning Imperial War Museum North and then a main Conference Dinner at the Lowry. We are offering discounted tickets for those who wish to attend both events.

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