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RLUK Newsletter October 2013
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RLUK's visit to Cardiff 

On 19 September, the University Library Service at Cardiff welcomed the RLUK team to the Cochrane Building on the Heath campus of the University, which shares space with the University Hospital of Wales and the Dental Hospital. As a new building housing a purpose built 24 hour library for health subjects, we wanted to show it off! A variety of Library staff attended, including the Senior Management Team, Cataloguers, Subject Librarians, OA specialists and the Research Data Programme Manager. Later in the morning we were delighted to welcome Professor Aled Gruffydd Jones, the new Librarian of the National Library of Wales.
 
The day began with a discussion of RLUK’s current strategy and the work it is doing in many areas to support research libraries at a national level. We also heard about the new web site and its aim to open up RLUK to a wider group of participants. Janet Peters then outlined the new University strategy, with multiple KPIs which will require the Library to provide the best possible services in support of University activities. Library staff have been recently engaged in developing a new strategy which will have a focus on improving the way our content is discovered, as well as ensuring that long-standing tasks such as retrospective cataloguing and rationalisation of our stores are continued. Structurally we are adapting to the new University three College structure by creating teams of Subject Librarians and exploring their roles. We also heard from Rebecca Mogg and Joe Nicholls about work on Digital and Information Literacy for researchers, and from Tracey Stanley about the potential Wales-wide shared LMS.

Following the essential library tour, Cardiff representatives talked about our work on supporting researchers with Open Access, and repository and research data management.
 
One of the attendees, Sonja Haerkoenen commented:
“It was very interesting to hear about RLUK initiatives and strategies in the area of OA, and to share thoughts/issues regarding future HEFCE REF assessments. From my perspective I also found it useful to be able to feed back to RLUK some ideas regarding how RLUK might be able to support its members (via lobbying, best practice examples of OA workflows, evaluation of different OA payment systems etc.). I also simply enjoyed being able to meet the RLUK executive. This meant no introductions were necessary when I went to the RLUK European Library event shortly afterwards”.
 
We would all like to thank David, Mike and Melanie for braving the Welsh rain to visit us, and hope that it will not be too long before the next one.

Janet Peters
Cardiff University

The Role of the Library in the Research Process Workshop


On 1 July the University of Leeds Library hosted a workshop to consider the role of the library in the research process. The outputs from this workshop will contribute to the RLUK Redefining the Research Library Model work strand and the development of the next RLUK strategy.
 
This was a highly participative meeting with discussion prompted by speakers posing difficult questions and sharing bold approaches to the challenges we face. Presentations combined consideration of the leadership role of the library in supporting institutional research and the sharing of ideas about how this strategic role can be translated into service delivery.
 
Participants were asked to critically consider how well the library is currently positioned to provide leadership within our institutions. We discussed a range of factors which influence the performance of the library and our ability to translate strategy into operational services. At the end of thoughtful day, inspiration was provided by colleagues sharing their practical experience of developing activities and services in support of institutional research.
 
This was an enjoyable and stimulating day made possible by the excellent presentations and the active involvement of the participants. The good work produced at the workshop has been captured and will make a valuable contribution to the Redefining the Research Library Model strategic work strand. Presentations from the workshop can be viewed on the RRLM Blog. 
 
Nicola Wright
LSE

Introduction to The European Library Workshop

RLUK have recently entered into a strategic partnership with The European Library, and on 24th September 2013 I attended the joint workshop. This introduction to The European Library aimed to explore the benefits and opportunities that our strategic partnership will bring through a greater cooperation with European colleagues, as well as outlining possible developments including the sharing of resources and data through The European Library. The European Library has been in existence since 2005 with membership from the European National Libraries. The European Library staff work alongside their Europeana counterparts and are keen to work together.

The day included an introduction to the work of The European Library. Paul Ayris explored the challenges and opportunities of working with Europe, and the opportunities that the Horizon 2020 funding might bring. Izaskun Lacunza talked about LIBER’s involvement in The European Library. Daniel Walker of the EU Research Funding Office at King’s College gave a very useful update on EU funding. The good news is that unlike FP7, Libraries and museums are now eligible to be the non-academic partners in bids. The BL’s Mahendra Mahey gave an overview of the BL’s own promotion of digital scholarship and you can follow that initiative via #BL_labs. A little known fact is that the BL has text mining rights to about 50% of its subscribed journals. Finally, Owen Stephens then went on to explore the opportunities that opening up COPAC as linked open data will give. Slides from the day are all available online.

Chris Banks
Imperial College London

 

RLUK's Diary

14/10
RLUK Secretariat meeting with The National Archives, London

16/10
Mike Mertens at Spotlight on the Digital Expert meeting, London

21/10
Mike Mertens at CCM meeting, Leeds

22/10
David Prosser and Mike Mertens at Jisc National Monographs Strategy meeting, London

23/10
David Prosser at Open Access open minds? panel debate, London

24-25/10
David Prosser at RLUK ADN meeting, London

28/10
David Prosser meeting with Jen McLennan, eLife, London

4/11
David Prosser at HEFCE Monographs Group meeting, London


Dates for Your Diary

14-15/10
Evolution or Revolution! The changing face of collection care - The British Library

18/10
Jisc National Monographs Strategy Free Webinar

24/10
Open Access Futures in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Senate House Library

24-25/10
International UDC Seminar 2013. Classification and Visualization: interfaces to knowledge, The Hague

29-30/10
Kuali Days Event

06/11
Open Access: Measuring the costs to Universities of implementing RCUK policy, London

14-15/11
RLUK Members' Meeting, University of St Andrews

20-21/03/2014
RLUK AGM & Members Meeting, University of York

If you would like to submit an event for the diary in the next newsletter please e-mail Melanie Cheung

Fighting for discoverability


RLUK's Workforce Development Survey

As part of the Redefining the Research Library Model strategic strand, RLUK is conducting a survey to assess the current landscape regarding staffing and staff development issues for research support.

The survey requires one respondent per institution and we'd be grateful if you could ensure that your institution is represented in the survey by Friday 18 October. The survey should take around 30-40 minutes to complete and will be invaluable in assisting RLUK with future strategic planning. Click here to access the survey.

Antony Brewerton
University of Warwick

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