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The RLUK19 Conference will be held at the Wellcome Collection on 20-22 March 2019. The RLUK19  call for papers is currently open.

The RLUK Conference brings together library and other professionals from across the UK, Ireland and beyond to discuss the leading issues affecting research libraries.

Reshaping Scholarship reflects RLUK’s commitment to achieve transformations in research, innovation in collections, and cultural change in our institutions.

RLUK19 will explore two essential areas that drive the modern research library: its role in advocating for, and facilitating, open scholarship; and how the library is adapting their offer to serve the dynamically changing needs of collections and their users.

Open scholarship and the openness agenda are transforming the way in which knowledge is being created, discovered, used, and shared. We have seen the emergence of new innovative models of scholarly publishing, including an increase in academic-owned presses, and new thinking around the possibilities that open data, digital publishing, and unrestricted access to the scholarly record can bring.

With this change come new challenges, but also opportunities, around copyright, digital scholarship, our service provision, and a move towards cross-institutional, national and global solutions to shared problems.

A collective approach considers how we reshape our collections by adapting our spaces, skills and services to manage more dynamic materials. More importantly we seek to understand and map the dynamic ways in which collections enrich research.

The development of audience-focused strategies for collections has led to increased engagement with our users, which has, as a result, transformed our professional practices, attitudes and offerings. Our collections now form the basis of innovative partnerships and play a key role in the research lifecycle and knowledge creation process, while the digital era offers possibilities for wider visibility and impact.

Research libraries are the juncture through which a wide number of conflicting, complex and collective interests are harmonised, arbitrated and realised. As such we may be best placed to examine how innovative thinking and practices are reshaping research and our role in driving this forward, but also to reflect more critically on the ethical, philosophical, political, and practical challenges that surface.

Read the full CFP at the RLUK Conference website