Event details

When: Thursday 1 December, 14:00 – 15:30 (GMT); 15:00 – 16:30 (CET); 09:00 – 10:30 (EST), 22:00 – 23:30 (AWST)

Where: This will be a virtual event, held via Zoom

Who should attend: This event is open to all, you do not need to work for an RLUK institution to attend. Colleagues involved in library space management or spatial redesign and capital builds are particularly encouraged to attend.

Register: https://rlukspaceedi.eventbrite.co.uk

Research libraries can have a transformative impact on scholarship, research, and learning through their collections and expertise of their staff. However, it is their physical and virtual spaces that constitute the places where ideas are conceived and knowledge is created and shared by diverse communities.  

As part of placing greater focus on equality, diversity, and inclusion, research libraries are increasingly concerned with making these spaces more inclusive through responding to their communities’ diverse needs. Yet, how do we design and develop spaces which are accessible and champion equality through encouraging different voices to be heard?

This event will aim to showcase how research libraries are designing and reinventing their buildings and spaces with the aim of becoming more inclusive places where people from various backgrounds can work, explore, and learn. 

Making the library a space where everyone belongs and can contribute to our distinctiveness
Phil Cheeseman, Associate Director for Academic Services in the Library, Lancaster University

In April 2021, Lancaster University Library opened a new extension, providing additional study space as well as dedicated spaces to support teaching, research and engagement activities. Concurrent with this we launched our new vision, The Library Towards 2025, which places Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of all we do; with a commitment to connect, innovate and include.

This presentation will share our experiences of using the new spaces, the opportunities they have provided for new connections and partnerships, the actions we’ve taken to be more inclusive and how we celebrate our diverse communities.

Phil Cheeseman is Associate Director for Academic Services in the Library at Lancaster University. His areas of responsibility include teaching, engagement and library special collections and archives. Phil took a lead role in the planning and development of the library extension and in development of the library vision. In addition to his role at Lancaster, Phil is the staff development lead for Academic Libraries North and Co-convenor for the RLUK Associate Directors Network.

Other speakers TBC

About RLUK’s Space Programme

This meeting is part of RLUK’s Space Programme, a series of events and resources to explore and support its members around spatial redesign and capital-build projects. The programme provides a forum through which colleagues can share their knowledge and experience in a collegiate and supportive environment.

Previous events:

Library spaces in the campus of the future 

Hybrid and blended working approaches and the role of space in libraries