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***This event is open to colleagues from RLUK member institutions and invited guests only. Instructions for joining the assembly will be emailed directly to attendees the day before the event***

This RLUK virtual assembly will explore the opportunities for RLUK members to work with Independent Research Organisations. The meeting will focus on the emerging work coming out of the AHRC’s programme, Towards a National Collection: Opening UK Heritage to the World and the opportunities it presents for RLUK libraries to work with Independent Research Organisations. The two-hour virtual assembly will include presentations from the AHRC, the IRO consortium, The National Archives, and The British Library. It will provide an opportunity for RLUK members to discuss their work and to ask questions about the Towards a National Collection programme and the opportunities of working with IROs.

Before the meeting, members are invited to familiarise themselves with the scheme and the work of the IRO consortium by following the links above.

Please note: To help with the smooth running of the session, and in anticipation of a large number of questions, the organisers ask that delegates submit any pre-existing questions about the scheme during registration. These will be passed to the panel ahead of the virtual assembly.

Towards a National Collection: Opening UK Heritage to the World

13:45 – Virtual registration and refreshments

Delegates are welcome to join the meeting whilst making their own refreshments.

14:00 – Introduction and welcome

Matt Greenhall, Deputy Executive Director, RLUK

Panel presentations

The work of Independent Research Organisations

Valerie Johnson, Director of Research and Collections, The National Archives & Co-chair of the IRO Consortium

Towards a National Collection

Rebecca Bailey, AHRC Programme Director , Towards a National Collection

RLUK’s Special Collections Leadership Network

Judy Burg, Head of Collections, Durham University

Siobhán Convery, Associate Director, Collections Strategy, University of Glasgow

14.55 – comfort break

15:00- Programme case studies

Case study: TANC foundation project (Deep Discoveries)

Lora Angelova, The National Archives

Project description: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=AH%2FT011114%2F1

Case study: TANC foundation project (Persistent Identifiers)

Rachael Kotarski, The British Library

Project description: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=AH%2FT011092%2F1

15:30 – Discussion, timeline and next steps

Delegates are invited to put questions to our panellists and discuss how the work of their own organisations might support collaboration between RLUK member libraries and Independent Research Organisations.

16:00 – Close

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