As part of its strategy development exercise LIBER reflected on the major developments in the research landscape that will impact on the future of libraries or that libraries can have an impact on. The exercise resulted in the identification of 5 future goals to work towards. At the same time we explored how LIBER adds value as a partner in the European and global research landscape. This paper will outline our vision for research in 2022 and also opportunities for research libraries to leverage international collaboration in order to realise this vision.
This presentation will describe the context and rationale for CARL’s Scholarly Communications Roadmap, and then provide updates on key components of the Roadmap, including the Portage Network, which is addressing research data management capacity, and the Canadian Scholarly Publishing Working Group, which is focused on Canadian publishing infrastructure and includes publishers, libraries, funders, and other stakeholders.
HathiTrust, an organisation with over 120 research library members, maintains a preservation infrastructure that supports a co-owned and co-managed digital collection of published titles held by research libraries worldwide. Their collection’s size and depth provides a base upon which they address large scale challenges common to research libraries. Three aspects of their collections agenda could have a greater global impact.
1) Increase the scope of content that is accessible and preserved in the HathiTrust Digital Library;
2) Expand the number of books openly viewable via copyright review under applicable laws;
3) Maximise the impact of shared print efforts internationally.
Academic librarians need to articulate library value in ways that resonate with higher education stakeholders. A project conducted by OCLC Research on behalf of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) examines how libraries effectively can articulate value and become active participants in decision-making at their academic institutions. Interviews with US academic librarians and provosts and an analysis of the literature provide examples and recommendations for academic library researchers and practitioners. With the outcome of Brexit and the US presidential election, which are anticipated to change the higher education landscape, the results of this project are quite timely.
To ensure its services to researchers remain relevant in a rapidly changing world of scholarly communication and research practice, the British Library has started a major business change portfolio called ‘Everything Available’. Under Everything Available, the Library is modernising its core digital infrastructure, developing new services and fully integrating open access and data into its workflows. This talk will introduce the audience to Everything Available, outline the strategy behind the portfolio, describe current and planned activities and invite a discussion on library service provision for research and potential areas for collaboration.
The Higher Education libraries in Wales and the National Library of Wales have now implemented a shared library management system, with all partners in the consortium going live on the new system by September 2016. Whilst this is a major milestone, it also marks the start of a new journey, as the consortium takes forward plans for greater collaboration and closer integration of library services.
The range of interactions between libraries and researchers continues to increase, creating both challenges and opportunities. This raises questions such as: what is in scope, how should staffing be organised for maximum impact and can people with the necessary skills be developed or sourced? Particular issues for discussion by participants will be: engagement with digital scholarship; the mindset of library as research partner; maximising the research potential of archives and special collections; new staffing structures oriented towards stronger teamwork and greater flexibility of deployment, including experience with functional and subject models; collaborating across and beyond the campus; and achieving a mix of skills within teams.
The library community has been almost silent on the issue of text and data mining (T&DM) partly due to concerns about the risk of having institutions ‘cut off’ from subscriptions due to large downloads of research articles for the purpose of mining. This workshop is an intention to identify where the information rests about T&DM - including looking at the details as they appear in Jisc negotiated licenses - consider some case studies and develop together a set of principles that identify the position of research libraries in the on the issue of T&DM.
Open Access mandates such as the HEFCE policy for the post-2014 REF have had significant impact on research libraries and the HE sector. To support academics, the UK Scholarly Communications Licence (UK-SCL) will allow staff of participating research institutions to make manuscripts of their articles openly available, regardless of journal policies or embargo periods and to meet multiple funder policy requirements. This workshop enables early adopter institutions to share implementation experiences and strategies with attendees. Participants will discuss implementation steps, library service provision and workflow management, as well as strategies for engaging with university senior management and academics.
In a rapidly changing HE environment, issues of identity and purpose are crucial to effective communication and the continued success of a library service.
At LSE we established our voice through a series of interactive workshops with staff to explore their views on what the Library’s current voice/identity was and gather aspirational ideas about what it could be. This was used in the development of written guidance on how to communicate and has been a key part of a wider range of work to improve the quality and effectiveness of our communications.
This workshop will cover:
- the concept of voice and how it can be used to improve communication
- exercises to help delegates establish what their institution’s voice is and what it could be
- how to incorporate a clear sense of voice into communications
- suggestions on how to improve co-ordination and planning of communications.
RLUK Special Collections: Audiences –who do we think they are?
Forming part of RLUK’s current development work ‘Towards an audience focussed strategy for special collections’, this 90 minute workshop aims to take a closer look at current perceptions of Audience in the context of special collections.
Working together in groups participants will explore our notions of existing and target audience communities, consider how we currently describe them and ask whether, across RLUK’s network of institutions, we can find ways to articulate collectively the categories, descriptions and definitions for both existing audiences and those RLUK hopes to attract as the strategy emerges in the coming months.
Research libraries are in a state of perpetual beta, the shifting sands of the political, technical and research landscapes mean that by necessity they must innovate and drive change to maintain their edge and their relevance. Is it a ‘big bang’ in investment which can best deliver new services and infrastructure or are there ‘marginal gains’ which can be made to drive innovation and change? This presentation will explore both these approaches through the recent experiences of the University of Glasgow Library’s completion of a major £3.5M refurbishment programme (a ‘big bang’) and updates in our repository to highlight the REF/Open Access compliance status of publications (a 'marginal gain').
Research Libraries have always responded well to the wide-ranging challenges that have come our way, often driven by external mandates or by ourselves as the custodians of knowledge. One example... Read More