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** The event is open to RLUK members only**

Over the past years, developments in educational practices, rapid technological advancements and rising user expectations have had an impact not only on the types of services offered by research libraries, but also on the way library space is used and experienced. This inaugural event of the RLUK Space Programme will provide an introduction to the spatial work that is being conducted across the membership as a response to the challenges set by an agenda with an increased focus on user experience and a demand for flexible, multi-purpose environments for supporting curriculum and audience engagement activities. More specifically, talks will showcase projects related to new capital builds as well as space redesign and repurposing while speakers will be invited to share their experiences and lessons learnt for the purposes of facilitating knowledge exchange and generating discussion around best practice and strategic planning in the area.

More information on the RLUK Space Programme and its goals can be found here.

Confirmed speakers so far:

  • John Scally (National Librarian and Chief Executive), National Library of Scotland
  • Martina McChrystal (Director of Library Services) and William Nixon (Assistant Director, Digital Strategy), University of Glasgow Library
  • Paul Johnson (Associate Director), University of Reading Library
  • Philip Kent (Director of Library Services), University of Bristol Library
  • Susan Worrall (Director of Special Collections), University of Birmingham Library
  • Liz Waller (Director of Library Services and University Librarian), University of Durham Library

A detailed agenda will follow soon.