Our strategy for 2018-2021 reflects the commitment of our member libraries to achieve transformations in research, innovation in collections, and cultural change in our institutions.

The strategy focuses on two key strands: Open Scholarship, and A Collective Approach, building on the outcomes of our 2014-2017 strategy, Powering Scholarship. We achieved significant results during our last strategy including research on the management of shared print, collection drivers, and academic behaviour; campaigning for Open Access (OA) and ethical markets for subscribed and purchased materials; developing our special collections programme; and supporting our membership through the Associate Directors Network (ADN) and an expanded series of events including our annual conference. This new strategy focuses our work on our areas of strength, while utilising the strands to further other priorities in a more integrated and inclusive way.

This new strategic plan has been developed by the RLUK Board over the past year, in consultation with our members and partners. In developing the plan we have sought to build on our areas of expertise while identifying many areas for collaboration across the sector where we can contribute to wider initiatives both within our membership and beyond. In a changing legal and political environment we have prioritised where RLUK and our members can have greater influence within the sector. In doing so we have acknowledged that there are some areas of importance to our members that are best addressed by others.



Creating a new environment for the transformation of research

Scholarly communications – the system by which the creators and users of research content are connected – is changing rapidly. Throughout the research lifecycle users need access to a wide variety of formats delivered to a range of devices, at their own convenience. In an increasingly open world they want to reuse, mix, annotate and share information. Likewise, creators want to disseminate ideas more quickly and more widely to achieve greater impact for their work. The boundaries between formats and type of content (articles, monographs, data, etc.) are blurring and new forms of peer review and quality assessment are developing.  Research funders are increasingly focussing on the dissemination of the research they fund. Our institutions are looking to new ways of showcasing the range and breadth of the intellectual outputs produced by their researchers and students. Our commitment and unique role as research libraries to preserving the scholarly record in all its forms and providing access to it ensures that scholarship can be used, verified, and reproduced by current and future generations.



Reshaping modern research library collections

Our members’ rich and varied collections are the foundations on which research libraries are built. Materials spanning millennia and comprising of every conceivable material from stone tablet to the born digital must now be collected, collated, archived, preserved and made accessible to further research and learning. 

Download the Reshaping Scholarship Strategic Plan document

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