RLUK convenes high-profile events and programmes through which the role of research libraries as key elements of research infrastructure can be demonstrated and presented to cross-sector audiences of professionals, researchers, decision-makers, and funders, this include the annual RLUK Conference and the RLUK Space Programme and Digital Shift Forum event series.
Our partnerships are helping to advocate for the changing role of the research library within the research ecosystem. This includes our work with AHRC on the Libraries as Partners in Research scoping study, the Professional Practice Fellowships Scheme, the Research Engagement Programme, and the Research Catalyst Cohort Programme. RLUK is also a signatory of the Technician Commitment, in recognition of the contribution that research libraries and their staff can make to scholarship as places of technical expertise and innovation.
We are also working with partners on the cross-sectoral Emerging Leaders project, to help develop a programme to address the lack of ethnic diversity within the library workforce, particularly in management and leadership positions.
Through IARLA (International Alliance of Research Library Associations) we work with our international counterparts to amplify the role of research libraries internationally and coordinate joint advocacy where possible.