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  • Future Directions for Research Libraries: reporting on the LIBER 46th Annual Conference

    A vibrant community consisting mainly of librarians, but also including archivists, museum and technology professionals, publishers and researchers from across Europe was brought together in Patras, Greece at the beginning of this month (5-7th July 2...

  • ADN activities on impact evaluation and the contribution of research libraries

    RLUK's Associate Directors Network (ADN) holds a series of events for their members each year that provide opportunities for learning and networking among peers. This year the ADN has focused on impact, and how impact evaluation can help libraries to...

  • RLUK Workshop Report: Assessing the Significance of Special Collections

    The beginning of June saw the third workshop organised in the context of the RLUK Special Collections Programme. The ‘Significance’ workshop took place at the University of Glasgow on 2nd June 2017 and it built on the outcomes of preceding events...

  • General Data Protection Regulation – Is it important for a Library or Archive?

    UPDATE [18 August 2017]: The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has published the outcomes of the call for views. RLUK responded to the inquiry, and submitted a letter to the Minister. Benjamin White, Head of Intellectual Propert...

  • RLUK evidence published in Culture, Media and Sport ‘fake news’ inquiry

    The Culture, Media and Sport Committee have published evidence submitted to the ‘Fake news’ inquiry. A topic that has been regularly in the headlines over the past year, the inquiry aims to understand changes in how news is consumed, and the role...

  • Collecting Drivers for Higher Education Institutions with Archives and UDCs

    What drives HEIs and their Special Collections and Archives (SCAs) to collect archives? What subject areas do they cover and why? How far is collection explicitly or implicitly motivated by the university’s sometimes shifting institutional drivers?...

  • Outcomes from Wikipedia’s #1Lib1Ref campaign 2017

    What role does Wikipedia have in higher education, and how do research libraries contribute? Several RLUK member libraries participated in Wikimedia's flagship #1lib1ref campaign from 15 January-3 February 2017 to increase the number of citations on ...

  • Highlights from the RLUK17 conference

    Last week saw our RLUK17 conference which, once more, took place, at the excellent premises of the British Library (BL) in London. More than 150 professionals from the RLUK community and beyond came together for three days to discuss the future of re...

  • The future of the academic book: Interview with Beth Clark

    In the last RLUK interview for the Academic Book Week (23-28 January 2017), Beth Clark, Head of Digital Scholarship and Innovation at the Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), contributes to our week-long discussion...

  • The future of the academic book: Interview with Stuart Sharp

    In our fourth interview for the Academic Book Week (23-28 January 2017), Stuart Sharp looks at the future of the academic book from his position as Joint Head of Acquisitions and Access in the Library of the University of Glasgow. [caption id=...

  • The future of the academic book: Interview with Liz Waller

    In the third RLUK interview for the Academic Book Week (23-28 January 2017), Liz Waller, Head of Library and Archives, and leader of a team of senior managers at the University of York, shares her views on the future of the academic book. [cap...

  • The future of the academic book: Interview with Rozz Evans

    The second RLUK interview for the Academic Book Week (23-28 January 2017) features Rozz Evans discussing the future of the academic book from her position as Head of Collection Strategy for UCL Library Services and leader of the Collection Developmen...

  • The future of the academic book: Interview with Dr. Jessica Gardner

    In the spirit of the second Academic Book Week (23-28 January 2017), RLUK conducted interviews with five library professionals on the future of the academic book. We are delighted to announce that an article based on the results of these interviews h...

  • Wikipedia’s #1Lib1Ref campaign 15 January-3 February 2017

    Wikimedia's flagship campaign to strengthen citations calls on librarians to help add references to articles this month. To get involved, check out the #1Lib1Ref campaign page. Ways to take part include: Host a "Coffee Hour" event, where you and ...

  • Attending the International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources (EDCR2016), Glasgow, Scotland

    The previous week I had the pleasure of attending the International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources (EDCR2016). The symposium was organised by the Scottish Network on Digital Cultural Resources Evaluation and took place at the love...

  • Visit to CARL and Canadian libraries

    RLUK and CARL-ABRC (Canadian Association of Research Libraries- Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada) share a number of common interests and are founding members of IARLA, the International Alliance of Research Library Associations. ...

  • A library trip in two parts

    In October, I had the pleasure of making two half-day visits to the LSE library with the purpose of meeting some of the staff members and learning about their roles and day-to-day work activities. [caption id="attachment_3984" align="alignnone"...

  • Conference report: DCDC2016, Salford, 10-12 October 2016

    The fourth DCDC (Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities) conference held in Salford 10-12 October 2016 brought together more than 400 delegates from the library and archive community under the theme of Collections, connections, collaboratio...

  • Reporting on the Digital Humanities Congress 2016, Sheffield

    Last week, I had the pleasure of participating at the 3rd bi-annual Digital Humanities Congress in Sheffield. The conference took place on 8th-10th September 2016 at the University's residential conference facility, The Edge, which was nicely located...

  • New Deputy Executive Director at RLUK

    My name is Fiona Bradley, and I am the new Deputy Executive Director at RLUK. In this first post, I’d like to share with you my background and interests in research libraries. Most recently, I worked at the International Federation of Library Asso...

  • Joining RLUK

    My name is Christina Kamposiori and I am the new RLUK Programme Officer. In this post, I would like to introduce myself and share a few things about my background and research interests. I have recently submitted my PhD thesis on the in...

  • RLUK’s Open Access Publisher Processes Group (OAPP)

    As part of its strategic commitment to Open Scholarship, Research Libraries UK has two working groups focusing on scholarly publishing and related issues, such as subscription costs and the transition to Open Access. The membership and remits of thes...

  • A Commitment to International Collaboration

    Scholarship and learning are international. We are enriched by the connections we make with scholars, students and institutions around the globe – enabling us to address the big technical, environmental and societal challenges we face and to help b...

  • The impact of open access mandates: looking at trends in the UK Survey of Academics

    What makes the 2015 Ithaka S+R Jisc RLUK survey of UK academics so interesting is its timing. The last survey was 2012, the year of the Finch report on open access. The latest survey took place in 2015, the year the Higher Education Funding Counci...

  • Collection Management: a conference in Bristol

    On 2nd February 2016 Bristol held a conference devoted entirely to the subject of collection management: Collection Management: Share The Experience @ Bristol. It was the second event of its type; the first being held in York last summer. It was gene...

  • OCLC Research and RLUK talk about our Collective Collection in Context

    Regular visitors to this blog will know that over the last few months, OCLC Research and RLUK, have been working together on a joint initiative to help inform shared collection management decisions across the group. To achieve deeper understanding o...

  • How does European copyright law affect innovation in the big data economy?

    Last December the European Commission published a Communication on Modernising Copyright Law. The Communication outlined a number of important steps towards a more modernised and pan-European copyright infrastructure. Unfortunately, while moving in ...

  • GreenGlass: Group-level support for print monographs

    The October 2015 version of GreenGlass, described in the previous post, incorporates robust support for shared print projects. More than 70% of the libraries OCLC/SCS works with are part of shared print monographs projects, in groups such as the East...

  • GreenGlass: A decision-making tool for print monographs

    In 2013, Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) introduced GreenGlass, a web-based tool for managing print monographs. With the initial release, individual libraries could analyse, share, store or withdraw books, by making use of the rich context that...

  • Shared print monographs: the US experience – part 2

    In our previous post, we looked at shared print monographs activity in the US, and cited several projects with interesting features of scale or diversity. We have, of course, worked with many other libraries as well, both individually and as part of ...

  • Collections management: share the experience @ 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 ...

  • Shared Print Monographs: the US experience

    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? Library stacks and storage fa...

  • RLUK Library in Focus: University of Oxford

    The University of Oxford’s printed collections, accumulated over centuries of scholarship, hold enormous significance for RLUK’s joint project with OCLC, which aims to support the management of rare and unique printed artefacts in a digital futur...

  • Reflections on the RBSCG15 Conference on Hidden Collections

    Last week I was honoured to be invited to speak at the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group Conference - Hidden Collections: Revealed. I spoke on the joint RLUK and London Library survey on Hidden Collections. Although the survey is now a ...

  • RLUK Collective Collection in Context – the OCLC Research Perspective

    The current collaboration between RLUK and OCLC focuses on understanding how the distinctive system-wide perspective that WorldCat provides can be used to bring about deeper collaboration around collections management in the RLUK consortium. As note...

  • The view from Kew: RLUK visit to The National Archives

    Where can you find outstanding leadership on archives, electric powered tricycles and exploding manuscripts? I spent two days at The National Archives (TNA) recently on behalf of the RLUK Board to help develop shared understanding between our organi...

  • RLUK library in focus: University of Birmingham

    The University of Birmingham is one of the earliest institutions to load its bibliographic metadata on to WorldCat, an opportunity open to all RLUK members as part of a recent agreement with OCLC. The joint arrangement will enhance the global visibil...

  • RLUK library in focus: University of Warwick

    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...

  • Exhibition draws on University’s First World War archive for inspiration

    A new exhibition at the University of Leeds demonstrates the First World War’s continuing influence on 21st century creativity. Visual artist Juliet MacDonald has spent months working with material in the University’s unrivalled Liddle Coll...

  • Progress on RLUK’s strategic partnership with OCLC

    Welcome to the first in a series of posts that will provide an update to a new collection initiative between RLUK and OCLC. It was back in November when OCLC and RLUK announced an expanded partnership. The agreement leverages existing OCLC catalogui...

  • Too soon to tell: Review of the RCUK OA policy

    When asked in the late 1960s what the significance of the French Revolution was, Zhou Enlai is famously reputed to have replied ‘It is too soon to tell’. Any event needs time for the implications to make themselves felt, for the ramifications to ...

  • Encouraging schools to engage with archives

    This workshop took place at the DCDC14 Conference and was delivered by Sarah Price, Head of Heritage Collections Engagement Team at Durham University Library. One of the greatest challenges in encouraging users to discover and use archives is that...

  • Out of context: bringing a manuscript collection to a broader audience

    In 2012, a partnership between the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library and Birmingham Museums Trust developed into an exhibition on calligraphy in Arabic script. Of the 33,000 visitors over 12 weeks, an in-gallery survey suggest...

  • Melbourne University students somewhere in France

    The University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) is one of the largest non-government collecting archives in Australia. In 2012 we began a teaching and student engagement programme which sought to bring our collections into the classroom and support th...

  • Britain from Above: User engagement between the digital and ‘real’ world

    This paper gives an overview of the engagement programme of Britain from Above, a partnership project aimed at conserving and making freely available the first 95,000 images of the Aerofilms collection of historic aerial photographs, which ended ...

  • The costs of double dipping

    There is an interesting division in the ranks of publishers in their approach to double dipping. Many are engaging positively with the academic library community and accept that the increase in gold open access article processing charges (APCs) in hy...

  • Publisher consolidation: who benefits?

    Corporate press releases announcing mergers and acquisitions inevitably tend to be written in a similar style. There is a breathy air of excitement as if the reader is expected to rejoice that Company A has bought a 51% stake in Company B or that Smi...

  • If we build it they will come: collaborative development of born-digital archives

    In many ways, enabling the discovery of born-digital archive materials should be easy. The material is already digital, and quite often in a format that is accessible by others. There are many ways in which content can be delivered over the web a...

  • Sharing the forgotten histories of South Asians in Britain

    Many people believe that the story of South Asian migration to Britain begins after the Second World War though in fact it traces its origins to the founding of the East India Company in 1600. Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroa...

  • Lighting the past

    In 2011, John MacColl, University Librarian, organised and challenged a new working group to address the enormous backlog of uncatalogued early printed and rare books held by the University of St Andrews. At the time, the Rare Book Collection, number...

  • The Agnew’s Archive: collecting the history of collecting

    This paper will examine the collaborations that have arisen from the National Gallery’s recent purchase of the archive of Thos. Agnew & Sons. Beginning with an overview of the development of a research strategy at the National Gallery and t...

  • Universal roots

    Universal Roots was a unique community programme delivered by Nottingham City Museums and Galleries in partnership with Nottingham City Homes. The project was developed and managed by my colleague Melissa Lewis, with assistance from myself and ot...

  • Mass observation behind bars: building collections with the prisoner community

    Awake 7am. Up at 7.30. Toilet, wash, breakfast (cornflakes). 8.05 Door open. Hot shower, book papers for weekend, Lock-up 8.45. Morning in cell, cards, crossword. Paper came early, check sport. Lunch 12 noon, chicken roll, soup, banana… ...

  • A bridge across Europe: linking collections at international level

    Overview of the workshop The European Library is the gateway to the collections and data of Europe’s national and research libraries, with some 200 million bibliographic records, hundreds of collection descriptions and 25 million digitised objects...

  • Worcestershire World War 100: the People’s Collection

    The Worcestershire World War 100 project has been funded by the HLF until 2019.  It will commemorate Worcestershire's experience of WW1 through a cross-sector partnership of archives, public and independent museums and community organisations. ...

  • Whose Remembrance? Highlighting the involvement of the peoples of the former British Empire in the two world wars

    Whose Remembrance? Highlighting the involvement of the peoples of the former British Empire in the two world wars In 2012 IWM led Whose Remembrance? – an AHRC-funded investigation of the state of research into the contribution made by colonial...

  • The Clarke Stained Glass Collection

    The Clarke Stained Glass Collection: A collaboration between a library, a national repository, Irish cultural institutions and the academic community  The Clarke Stained Glass Studios Collection is a collaborative project between the Library at...

  • Access to archives: out of the box

    When a new lift was installed at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives (THLHLA) in 2013, its reading room became accessible to wheelchair users for the first time in over a century. Could we however legitimately promote our newfound ...

  • Widening the arc of friendship – Exploring the letters from Iris Murdoch and Philippa Foot with the local community

    From April 2012-July 2013 Kingston University’s Centre for Iris Murdoch Studies and Archives and Special Collections developed a project supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund relating to our new Collection of over ...

  • Valuing Archives: From non-market valuation to input-output analysis

    Valuation is a necessary element in the cost-benefit analysis policymakers employ to select public projects which favour economic performance. In the information field[1], we have struggled to demonstrate the value and true impact of our services...

  • When image, colour and texture is content: the potential of visual search

    In the current information age, image, colour and texture may be as important as words. This paper looks at the divergent uses of ICT and its potential to facilitate access to huge, largely visual collections comprising images as well as text. Th...

  • From research to stories: university-museum collaboration in Kent

    This paper explores the interdisciplinary methodologies adopted in an AHRC-funded collaborative project (called ‘Inspiring Women’) which aimed to tell the ‘hidden histories’ of women in Tunbridge Wells and surrounding areas in the early y...

  • Arguably shallow: representing archival material on social media

    In recent years archival material has proved to be extremely popular on social media sites, particularly Twitter, with feeds such as the Retronaut and History In Pictures gathering large followings. Both are examples of a growing trend to show hi...

  • Our day out: using archival photographs for memory stimulation

    The Keith Medley photographic archive, mainly a large collection of glass plate negatives depicting the people and local events in Liverpool and Merseyside from the 1960s to the 1980s, is held at Liverpool John Moores University Special Collectio...

  • Thinking outside the strongroom: exploring new directions in community engagement

    At Explore York Libraries and Archives, as part of our HLF funded York: Gateway to History project, we’re exploring new directions in community engagement. We’re learning to become more flexible, dynamic and responsive in order to establish l...

  • Open access goes to market?

    David Prosser, Executive Director, RLUK   It has long been acknowledged that the journal subscription market is deeply flawed and fails to act as a rational market should. Back in 2002 one of the main conclusions of an investigation by the Off...