The 2021 RLUK Conference included a 90-minute workshop led by members of Evidence Base (Birmingham City University), the organisation commissioned to carry out the scoping study on shaping the future funding landscape to enable collaboration between researchers and academic and research libraries. The event was well attended, with some 140 participants in all and a high level of interaction through a mixture of presentation, polling, discussion, chat and question and answer session.
The aim was to:
- Provide an update.
- Gain feedback.
- Seek input.
The event was led by Professor David Baker, of Evidence Base and Professor Jane Winters, of the School of Advanced Study, University of London (academic adviser to the study), with contributions from Professor Christopher Pressler, University Librarian and Director of The John Rylands Library at The University of Manchester, Daryl Green, Head of Special Collections at the University of Edinburgh and co-convenor of RLUK’s Special Collections Leadership Network, Tao-Tao Chang, Head of Academic Infrastructure at the AHRC and Dr Matt Greenhall, all of whom formed the panel for the debate towards the end of the workshop.
At the heart of the workshop was a presentation by Pete Dalton (Director) and Dr Sarah McNicol of Evidence Base on the results of the study so far. This incorporated information from the survey (over 300 responses had been received by the end of March), the interviews carried out to date, and two AHRC town hall meetings. Sarah gave an update on the demographics of the questionnaire, while Pete described the emerging themes from the ongoing work.