Research Libraries UK

RLUK SPACE: Library spaces for scholarship: research, partnerships & innovation

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When: Tuesday 25 July, 14:00 – 15:30 (BST); 15:00 – 16:30 (CEST/SAST); 09:00 – 10:30 (EDT), 21:00 – 22:30 (AWST/CST)

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.

The physical library space has been traditionally valued by scholars and researchers as a place for quiet study and resource discovery, with easy access to information and expert support by its staff. In this era of rapid technological development and hybrid working, when the needs of scholars and researchers are changing, how do library spaces and services adapt to facilitate these?

Modern research library spaces are flexible and social spaces where different communities can meet, but also hubs of innovation providing unique learning experiences. Interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration are increasingly core parts of contemporary research projects which bring together professionals from different backgrounds to tackle complex questions and problems. What types of library spaces and places best support modern scholarship? What is attracting scholars in the physical space today, despite the abundance of digital services and resources? During this event, delegates will have the opportunity to hear from three institutions about how they support scholars and researchers through their innovative spaces and services.

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.

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