Under this strategic strand RLUK has been working with its members to collectively challenge established biases in the acquisition description, and presentation of heritage and cultural collections through the sharing of best practice, knowledge exchange, and drawing on expertise from across the research library community and beyond. This has included the formation of a Decolonisation Group and the Inclusive Collections, Inclusive Libraries virtual event series.
Our research into the development and use of Virtual Reading Rooms (VRRs) and Virtual Teaching Spaces (VTSs) has resulted in three reports and the creation of a Virtual Reading Room ToolKit, developed with international partners, to help collection-holding institutions, including libraries, archives, and museums, in setting up a VRR consultation service.
We also work in collaboration and partnership with partners, including Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA), to advocate for copyright and licensing frameworks that enable the digitisation of out of commerce works and for a UK equivalent to the EU orphan works exemption.
The National Archives and RLUK Professional Fellowship Scheme has been running since 2018 to enables staff from both organisations to gain experience and insight from one another, strengthen and diversify the relationship between them, and to overcome some of the collective challenges facing research and cultural organisations.