Special Collections Leadership network (SCLN)

The RLUK Special Collections Leadership Network (SCLN) is a professional peer network for RLUK members in a senior special collections role. It aims to provide a forum for discussion and sharing of experience, and the opportunity to participate in the business of RLUK by helping to shape the strategic direction for RLUK around special collections work. The SCLN will be aligned to the development of an audience focussed strategy for special collections, contributing to the expertise of its members as the strategy evolves through participation in discussion, workshops and events designed to drive the strategy forward.


Upcoming SCLN events

Terms of Reference

Joanne Fitton
University of Leeds

Daryl Green 
University of Edinburgh

Convenor duties:

  • To organise two events per year, with the support of the RLUK office.
  • To liaise with the RLUK Office and Board regarding the current and future development of the group.
  • The term of service for SCLN Convenors is 2 years. Convenors are selected by nomination and election.

The SCLN is open to members of an RLUK institution who hold a senior special collections role. Members will be nominated (by name rather than by job title) by the Director of their respective institution with a limit of only one SCLN member per institution.

  • The intellectual input of the group is the responsibility of its members, led by two elected Convenors. The Executive will provide logistical and administrative assistance when needed.
  • Convenors will serve a term of two years, with replacements sought through nomination and election.
  • The RLUK administrative secretary will be present to take notes and assist in the compilation of the report to the group members and the Board.

Travel and expenses of group 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.

SCLN members

Neil Curtis
Neil CurtisUniversity of Aberdeen
Helen Fisher
Helen FisherUniversity of Birmingham
Michael Richardson
Michael RichardsonUniversity of Bristol
Claire Breay
Claire BreayBritish Library
Jill Whitelock
Jill WhitelockCambridge University Library
Alan Vaughan Hughes
Alan Vaughan HughesCardiff University
Judy Burg
Judy BurgDurham University
Daryl Green
Daryl GreenUniversity of Edinburgh
Christine Faunch
Christine FaunchUniversity of Exeter
Siobhan Convery
Siobhan ConveryUniversity of Glasgow
Anne Barrett
Anne BarrettImperial College London
Katie Sambrook
Katie SambrookKing's College London
Joanne Fitton
Joanne FittonUniversity of Leeds
Simon Dixon
Simon DixonUniversity of Leicester
Jenny Higham
Jenny HighamUniversity of Liverpool
Richard Espley
Richard EspleySenate House Libraries
Nancy Graham
Nancy GrahamLSE
John Hodgson
John HodgsonUniversity of Manchester
Robin Smith
Robin SmithNational Library of Scotland
Sally McInnes
Sally McInnesNational Library of Wales
Ian Johnson
Ian JohnsonNewcastle University
Mark Dorrington
Mark DorringtonUniversity of Nottingham
Chris Fletcher
Chris FletcherUniversity of Oxford
Sarah Molloy
Sarah MolloyQueen Mary University of London
Deirdre Wildy
Deirdre WildyQueen's University Belfast
Kate Arnold-Foster
Kate Arnold-FosterUniversity of Reading
Annabel Valentine
Annabel ValentineRoyal Holloway, University of London
John Langdon
John LangdonSOAS University of London
Angela Haighton
Angela HaightonUniversity of Sheffield
Karen Robson
Karen RobsonUniversity of Southampton
Catriona McAra
Catriona McAraUniversity of St Andrews
Richard Wragg
Richard WraggUniversity of Sussex
Laura Shanahan
Laura ShanahanTrinity College Dublin
Sarah Aitchison
Sarah AitchisonUniversity College London
Ed Kirkland
Ed KirklandUniversity of Warwick
Jenny Shaw
Jenny ShawWellcome Collection
Gary Brannan
Gary BrannanUniversity of York