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

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 research library in the 21st century is undergoing a significant transformation. Continuing to sit squarely at the heart of academic life, it is experiencing disruptive innovation at a speed never before experienced. Its user communities are growing and changing; its service portfolio is expanding; its technologies are proliferating; and its skills mix is diversifying year by year.

The current challenges for the research library are immense. As the growing knowledge economy is shifting priorities and policies, we want to explore how disruptive innovation can help us move beyond traditional models and legacy thinking in order to drive forward change and progress. This is required in order to develop new opportunities for libraries through the reinvention and rethinking of strategies, policies, organisational structures, cultures, systems and work processes

Call for Pecha Kucha presentations

We are also inviting proposals for Pecha Kucha presentations for the 2016 conference on the theme of innovation in our libraries.

Pecha Kucha 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.

Reflections on #RBSCG15 and hidden collections in the UK

'In an age of ubiquity amongst larger research libraries for online journal and e-book collections, it is the special collections that deliver unique value to institutions.'
David Prosser recently spoke at the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Conference on hidden collections. Read his blog post on the event...

RLUK Collective Collection in Context - the OCLC Research perspective

OCLC Research has a particular interest in examining the aggregate RLUK resource in the context of a broader portfolio of work exploring collective collections. One of the issues we are especially keen to explore is whether the patterns we have observed in analysing the collective collections of US academic libraries also hold for RLUK, or whether other distinctive characteristics will emerge. Read more...

Jisc publishes guide to help institutions implement open access

Jisc has published a guide of practical steps that institutions can take in implementing open access, which was developed in consultation with RLUK, SCONULARMA and UKCoRR.

The guide includes advice and examples on assessing an institution’s preparedness for OA, developing a clear communications strategy, helping researchers navigate their way around OA policies, and recording APCs efficiently.

Auf wiedersehen und viel glück

We bid a fond farewell to Mike Mertens today who will taking up a new role as the CEO of Dariah-EU.

Mike has been a mainstay of RLUK for many years now, acting as our ‘corporate memory’ and pushing forward a large number of key agenda issues, including discovery and data services, research data management, unique and distinctive collections amongst many others.

Mike will be moving to Goettingen, a great move for a confirmed Germanophile, and the new position fits perfectly with his interests in the Digital Humanities. We will miss Mike’s expertise and professionalism greatly, but we know that his skills and enthusiasm will drive forward interest and developments in digital humanities across Europe and beyond.

Mike starts with DARIAH-EU next week and I am sure that you will want to join me in wishing him every success and happiness in his new position.

David Prosser, RLUK

Latest News

  • The UK Survey of Academics 2015 aims to track the technological needs of their academics and understand how these are changing over time. Jisc and RLUK hopes this knowledge will place UK universities in a better position to improve learning, teaching and research practices for all their academics. Learn how your university can get involved with the survey.
  • The Higher Education Archive Programme #HEAP is part of The National Archives' continuing programme of engagement and sector support with particular archival constituencies. They have commissioned a survey to better understand the challenges and opportunities of recording published references or citations of archive collections. Take part in the survey.
  • Dr Paul Feldman is appointed as the new Chief Executive of Jisc. Read more...

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