Research Libraries UK is delighted to announce its support of the Technician Commitment, a university and research institution initiative which aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development, and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research in all disciplines.
Research libraries, archives, and information institutions hold great technical skills and expertise. While the term ‘technician’ may not easily translate to the rich set of professional identities we celebrate within the research library community, we can readily identify the many diverse skills represented in academic and research libraries essential to producing new knowledge through research, innovation, and experimentation. These range from research data managers to archivists, from software developers to conservators, from photographers to open access publishing professionals.
As a consortium of 37 significant research libraries, RLUK is excited to become a named supporter of the Technician Commitment and to support and advocate for technical and specialist expertise contained across the research library community and higher education and research sectors.