Collections Strategy Network (CSN)

The RLUK Collections Strategy Network (CSN) is a professional-peer network for colleagues who are responsible for collection strategy within an RLUK member library. It acts as a forum for discussion, knowledge sharing, peer development, and harnesses RLUK members’ collective experience and expertise.

Upcoming CSN-related events

Terms of Reference

Gavin Beattie, King’s College London

Katherine Rose, Imperial College London

Convenor duties:

  • To organise two events per year, with the support of the RLUK Executive.
  • To liaise with the RLUK Executive and Board regarding the current and future development of the group.
  • The term of service for CSN Convenors is 2 years. Convenors are selected by nomination and election.

The CSN is open to senior colleagues of an RLUK library who are responsible for collections strategy. Each RLUK member may nominate one colleague to represent them on this network. Nominated members should be sufficiently senior as to be able to represent their member library on the multiplicity of collection management issues it faces and have strategic oversight of their library’s operations as a whole. We would suggest that these are at the level of Associate Director or equivalent.

  • The intellectual input of the group is the responsibility of its members, lead by two elected Convenors. The Executive will provide logistical and administrative assistance when needed.
  • Convenors will serve a term of two years, with replacements sought through nomination and election.
  • CSN members will have the opportunity to contribute to RLUK strategic developments through involvement in working groups or other activities initiated or agreed by the RLUK Board.
  • A CSN member may be nominated by the RLUK Board to represent RLUK on an external committee or group.

Travel and expenses of group members will be borne by their institution. Expenses of invited speakers will be covered by RLUK subject to prior agreement from the RLUK Treasurer.

The network has an allocated yearly budget at its disposal to cover the cost of events e.g. venue hire, catering etc.

CSN members

Emma Francis
Emma FrancisUniversity of Aberdeen
John Dowd
John DowdUniversity of Birmingham
Lin Amber
Lin AmberUniversity of Bristol
Debra Hiom
Debra HiomUniversity of Bristol
Liz Jolly
Liz JollyBritish Library
Michael Williams
Michael WilliamsCambridge University Library
Ruth Thornton
Ruth ThorntonCardiff University
Judy Burg
Judy BurgDurham University
Hannah Mateer
Hannah MateerUniversity of Edinburgh
Beverley Hughes
Beverley HughesUniversity of Exeter
Sally Bell
Sally BellUniversity of Glasgow
Katherine Rose
Katherine RoseImperial College London
Gavin Beattie
Gavin BeattieKing's College London
Jane Saunders
Jane SaundersUniversity of Leeds
Joanne Dunham
Joanne DunhamUniversity of Leicester
Jane Cooke
Jane CookeUniversity of Liverpool
Richard Espley
Richard EspleySenate House Libraries
Vacant role
Vacant roleLSE
Sandra Bracegirdle
Sandra BracegirdleUniversity of Manchester
Joseph Marshall
Joseph MarshallNational Library of Scotland
Robert Lacey
Robert LaceyNational Library of Wales
John Williams
John WilliamsNewcastle University
Christine Middleton
Christine MiddletonUniversity of Nottingham
Ann Evans
Ann EvansUniversity of Oxford
Marc Cohen
Marc CohenQueen Mary University of London
Maire Bradley
Maire BradleyQueen's University Belfast
Chrissie Willis-Phillips
Chrissie Willis-Phillips University of Reading
Anna Grigson
Anna GrigsonRoyal Holloway, University of London
Vacant role
Vacant roleSOAS University of London
Alison Little
Alison LittleUniversity of Sheffield
Stuart Dempster
Stuart DempsterUniversity of Southampton
Helen Faulds
Helen FauldsUniversity of St Andrews
Lisa McLaren
Lisa McLarenUniversity of Sussex
Jessie Kurtz
Jessie KurtzTrinity College Dublin
Rozz Evans
Rozz EvansUCL
Heather Green
Heather GreenUniversity of Warwick
Jenny Shaw
Jenny ShawWellcome Collection
Sarah Thompson
Sarah ThompsonUniversity of York