RLUK Networks

RLUK has seven member networks which act as closed member forums through which to explore areas of professional or strategic interest to RLUK members. These networks work closely with the RLUK Board and Executive to deliver RLUK’s strategic objectives.

Joining a network

Network representatives are nominated by their Library Director (or formal RLUK representative).

Any requests for changes to representatives should be sent to the Executive by the Director or with the Director copied into the email. Please note that we cannot action requests without Director authorisation.

The number of representatives allowed for each network is outlined in their respecitve Terms of Reference.

Further information

  • Network representatives can be changed at any time
  • Representatives can nominate colleagues to attend events in their place if they are unavailable. Often there is no cap on the number of colleagues that can attend events e.g., so more than one colleague from an institution may attend an event if the content is of relevance and interest to them.
  • It is the responsibility of network representatives to ensure that they keep their colleagues well informed about relevant network activities

Jump to: ADN | CSN | DSN | NDN | SCHN | OSN | OAPP

Associate Directors Network (ADN)

The RLUK Associate Directors Network 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.

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.

Digital Scholarship Network (DSN)

The RLUK Digital Scholarship Network (DSN) is a professional peer network for RLUK members involved in the development and delivery of Digital Scholarship services within member libraries. The DSN brings together colleagues from a variety of career stages and disciplines, and harnesses the collective expertise and experience of RLUK members.

New Directors Network (NDN)

The RLUK New Directors’ Network (NDN) is a professional-peer network for RLUK colleagues who have recently been appointed as library directors, those in interim positions as library directors, or for those who have recently joined an RLUK member as a library director (having been a director in non-RLUK affiliated library previously).

Special Collections and Heritage Network (SCHN)

The RLUK Special Collections and Heritage Network (SCHN) is a professional peer network for RLUK members leading cultural heritage activities within member libraries.  Members of the network might include those working with/in archives, rare books, art and object collections, museums, galleries, conservation and their allied services.

Open Strategy Network (OSN)

The RLUK Open Strategy Network is a professional peer network for RLUK members leading Scholarly Communication, Open Science, Open Research, Open Scholarship and related activities within member libraries.

Open Access Publisher Processes Group (OAPP)

The group formed in 2013/14, when publishers were developing new processes and deals associated with Gold Open Access (OA), and were seeking feedback on new proposals and existing practices from institutions with large RCUK block grants. It was agreed that a RLUK group focussing on the challenges, barriers, and other issues in relation to publisher OA practices and processes would provide an effective and coordinated means of providing community feedback.

The group comprises a maximum of 14 members. Limiting its size in this way enables agility, stimulates member engagement, supports rapid consensus and allows for productive interaction with publishers.  We have included a representative from Jisc in recognition of their extensive work in this area and to ensure consistence across the sector.

While the primary focus of the group has been paid-for Gold OA we have not excluded Green OA from discussions where appropriate because a key aim has been to engage with publishers on transparency of policy information, and that has to include Green and Gold.