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#RLUK25 Conference | Liverpool | 19-21 March 2025

Champions of knowledge: Libraries as beacons of trust and integrity

The call for papers for the RLUK25 Conference is now open. The conference will be an in-person event held in Liverpool. Full details can be found on the RLUK conference website.

Libraries seek to build their practices on strong foundations of integrity, critical thinking, and ethical values. These foundations underpin a commitment to civic duty, positioning libraries as highly trusted partners and authorities in their communities.

In an age of misinformation and disinformation, maintaining information integrity is fundamental to a well-functioning society and democracy. The spread of false narratives, fake news, and censorship poses significant challenges that require a multifaceted approach to address. It is a complex challenge and one in which libraries play a crucial role.

RLUK25 will explore the philosophical and pragmatic challenges for research libraries and their role in upholding the values of trust and integrity.

Call for papers

RLUK25 is an open, international conference. We welcome submissions from all colleagues who share our commitment to reshape scholarship and the role of the research library, and we look forward to hearing from a range of voices that will challenge, disrupt and inspire us.

The main conference themes will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Partnering with our communities: The role of research libraries in cultivating physical and digital civic spaces, literacy, and engagement.

Libraries as partners in research: Surfacing the value libraries bring to research excellence, and the potential for greater research engagement.

Embedding ethics in AI: developing ethical AI policies and practices in relation to our collections, metadata, and services.

Expanding the record: How can we ensure our collections and collection practices are inclusive? Whose voices are heard, who do we engage with, who has access to the scholarly record, and who contributes to that record?

Ensuring capacity: How do we build capacity in our workforce to provide the skills required to navigate a continuing changing environment? Can we diversify the routes into working at our libraries and embrace more inclusive recruitment practices to expand the range of expertise throughout the sector?

Building bibliodiversity: achieving diversity and plurality of knowledge through scholarly publishing and communication.

Uncomfortable conversations: Libraries on the frontline of censorship, book challenges and bans.

Ethical procurement: How do we reflect our values in the decisions we make on who to partner with or purchase from? What is our role in greening the supply chain?

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