Members Meeting 2020 programme
Thursday 5 November
15:00 – 17:15 – Library as lab: the role of the research library in supporting the arts, humanities, and social sciences
This session will feature the following speakers:
“Paradise, no doubt, is just a huge library.” (Gaston Bachelard) – Christopher Smith, Executive Chair, AHRC
The library can be conceived as an extraordinary continuum from physical objects to a digital world, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council has a profound interest in the flourishing of every part of that continuum. The library is the means of our research, and the object of it; it is our laboratory, but it is also something we seek to understand as an economic, social and political space. This paper will try to set out some of our research interests, how we envisage the library as part of the research ecosystem which UK Research and Innovation supports, and test some of the vulnerabilities of the 21st century research library.
Professor Christopher Smith is the Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). He has been Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews since 2002, and he was also Dean of Arts (2002-2006), Dean of Graduate Studies (2006-2009), and Vice-Principal (2007-2009), before being seconded as Director of the British School at Rome, the UK’s leading humanities and creative arts research institute overseas, from 2009 to 2017.
From 2017 to 2020 he was a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellow, with a project on The Roman Kings: A Study in Power. He held visiting positions in Erfurt, Princeton, Otago, Pavia, Milan, Siena, Aarhus and Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Professor Smith’s research explores constitutionalism and state formation with a particular emphasis on the development of Rome as a political and social community, using archaeological, historical and anthropological approaches. He is the author or editor of over 20 books from textual editions to museum studies. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries Scotland, the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Academia Europaea.
Julia Black, Strategic Director of Innovation, LSE, and Nicola Scally, Director of LSE Library – SHAPE
Professor Julia Black CBE FBA is Strategic Director for Innovation at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently leading on the implementation of the LSE’s 2030 Strategy, on LSE’s entrepreneurship and commercialisation activities, and remains a Professor in the LSE’s Law Department. Her primary research interest is in the dynamics and legitimacy of regulatory regimes, with a specialisation in financial services regulation and in the regulation of risk. Julia is an external member of the Prudential Regulation Committee at the Bank of England, which is the board of the UK’s banking and insurance supervisor, and an external member of the SONIA Oversight Committee, also at the Bank of England. She is also Senior Independent Member on the Board of UKRI, and a member of the Board of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a member of the Council on Science and Technology. She was recently appointed as the 31st President of the British Academy, a role she will take up in July 2021.
Nicola Scally is Director of LSE Library and the Librarian of the British Library of Political and Economic Science, which includes the Women’s Library. Nicola’s career has focused on leading change in libraries in order to meet the demands of a digital world, with roles at the British Library, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Imperial College London. Nicola has contributed to a number of national and international initiatives in support of evolving the role of research libraries and she has served as Chair of Research Libraries UK from 2017-2019.
The hidden REF and libraries in the humanities lab – James Baker, Senior Lecturer in Digital History and Archives, University of Sussex
In this talk James Baker will introduce ‘The hidden REF’, a competition that recognises all research outputs and every role that makes research possible, and use the aims of the competition to reflect on his experience as libraries and librarians as partners in digital humanities research.
James Baker is a Senior Lecturer in Digital History and Archives at the University of Sussex and at the Sussex Humanities Lab. He is a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and his current major research projects include the AHRC funded ‘Legacies of Catalogue Descriptions and Curatorial Voice: Opportunities for Digital Scholarship’. Prior to joining Sussex, James held positions of Digital Curator at the British Library and Postdoctoral Fellow with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. He is a member of The Programming Historian Editorial Board, a member of theLIBER Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage Working Group, and a committee member for The hidden REF.