Our 37 member institutions represent the leading research libraries in the UK and Ireland. We work with a wide network of organisations across the library, archives, university, and research sectors in the UK, and internationally.
Our strategy for 2018-2021 reflects the commitment of our libraries to transformations in research, innovation in collections, and cultural change in our institutions. The strategy has focused on two key strands: Open Scholarship, and A Collective Approach, building on the outcomes of our 2014-2017 strategy, Powering Scholarship. We achieved significant results in our last Strategic Plan including research on the management of shared print, collection drivers, and academic behaviour, campaigning for Open Access and ethical markets for subscribed and purchased materials, developing our special collections programme, and supporting our membership through the Associate Directors Network and an expanded series of events including an annual conference. Our new strategy focuses our work on our areas of strength, while utilising the strands to further other priorities in a more integrated and inclusive way.
The strategic plan was developed by the RLUK Board, in consultation with our members and partners in 2017. In developing the plan, we have sought to highlight our areas of expertise. We have identified many areas for collaboration across the sector, and where we can contribute to bigger efforts. In a changing legal and political environment, we have prioritised where RLUK and our members can influence the sector. In doing so we have acknowledged some areas of importance to our members that are best addressed by others
We will deliver on this plan with leadership from the RLUK Board, collaboration from members and with the support of the Executive. We will engage our membership to develop services, programmes, and in formulating positions in our advocacy work. We will embed opportunities for learning, leadership, and participation across our strategic plan, so that members have an active role in shaping and delivering on RLUK’s commitments, and can develop their own capabilities. We will prioritise those activities and actions that will have the greatest impact on, or potential to benefit, our members. Our plan remains ambitious, but with greater focus to enable RLUK and our members to make great steps towards a more open and accessible future.