The RLUK Associate Directors Network (ADN) is a professional network for RLUK members in a Deputy Librarian or Associate Director role. It aims to provide a forum for discussion and sharing of experience, the opportunity to participate in the business of RLUK and to aid succession planning.

The ADN is open to all RLUK members that hold a Deputy Librarian or Associate Director role. Members will be nominated by the Director of their respective institution with a limit of only one ADN member per institution.

The ADN meet twice a year during the spring RLUK AGM and in the autumn.

Organisation & Governance

  • The intellectual input of the ADN is the responsibility of its members, lead by two elected Convenors. The RLUK Secretariat will provide logistical and administrative assistance if needed.
  • Convenors will serve a term of two years, with replacements sought through nomination and election.


Current ADN Convenors

Frances Boyle, Imperial College London
Christine Wise, SOAS, University of London

Engagement with the business of RLUK

ADN members will have the opportunity to join RLUK strategic strand groups  and will, in turn, seek input from ADN members on these strategic strands and report any progress made in relation to them to the Chair of the Board via the Secretariat.

An ADN member may be nominated by the RLUK Board to represent RLUK on an external committee or group.


Travel and expenses of ADN 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.