Day 1
16 Mar 2020
Day 2
17 Mar 2020
Day 3
18 Mar 2020

Jisc Meeting

Research libraries play an important role in an increasingly complex and diverse higher education landscape. Led by Liam Earney (Executive director, digital resources), this session will provide you with a...
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OCLC meeting

Details TBC


Keynote – Chris Bourg, MIT

Introduction to the RLUK20 Conference by RLUK Executive Director, David Prosser. Opening keynote presentation by Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  
Chris Bourg
14:00 - 14:15


Have you ever heard of Open Access? What researchers know about open practices, what they need to know, and how we get them there

Investing in people and skills is crucial to the advancement of the Open Research agenda, which includes Open Access, data management, and other transparent research practices. Researchers need to understand...
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George Cronin
Matthias Ammon
Beatrice Gini

LONG TABLE – Plan S and the role of the research library: an international perspective

Occasionally described as a ‘European initiative’ owing to its origins within cOAlition S, Plan S has been making waves around the world. Members of the International Alliance of Research Library...
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Open Access AHSS monographs in practice: myth vs reality

There is much discussion at the moment around Open Access (OA) monograph publishing. Discussions around Plan S, future REF policy, UKRI OA policy etc. all currently indicate (with varying degrees...
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Kate Petherbridge

Leading from the Library? Making open research a reality in a non-research-intensive institution

At the University of Salford, the scale of research activity and Library services for research is far smaller than in many research-intensive institutions, yet we face the same scale of...
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Jen Bayjoo
Emma Smith


Keynote – MacKenzie Smith, University of California, Davis

Moving to Open: the University of California’s strategy and experience with transforming journal publishing
MacKenzie Smith


RLUK Annual General Meeting 2020. Open to RLUK members only.

RLUK20 Social

Cultivate your conference contacts and join us for the first evening social on Monday 16 March. Hosted in the beautiful Reading Room at Wellcome Collection, the social is an excellent...
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Day two registration



Future of discovery: artificial scholars and automated collections

Artificial intelligence is increasing in sophistication, ubiquity, and disruptive effect across entire sectors of society and the economy. Students and academics are gaining the ability to discover knowledge in radically...
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Transforming the Library Services Platform: Why the Future of Libraries is Open

FOLIO, an international effort to develop an open-source Library Services Platform, is unique in the scope of effort and the coordinated cooperation amongst organizations with diverse but convergent goals. This...
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Mastering the Digital Shift in research libraries: a (draft) manifesto from the RLUK working group

Under its strategy, Reshaping Scholarship, RLUK seeks to support its members to navigate the changing nature of the research library. The shift from analogue to a mixed analogue/digital environment is...
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Torsten Reimer


Speed presentations

Speed presentations are fast-paced and highly visual, with speakers restricted to 20 slides at exactly 20 seconds per slide (six minutes and 40 seconds in total). A prize will be...
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Steve Bowman
Ke Wu
Rosi Jelfs
Merrilee Proffitt
Yaming (Cindy) Fu
Jennifer Cong Yan Zhao
Joanne Fitton
Alan Fricker
Phil Cheeseman
Joshua Sendall
Hardy Schwamm
15:30 - 16:00


LONG TABLE – Mastering the Digital Shift in research libraries

Under its strategy, Reshaping Scholarship, RLUK seeks to support its members to navigate the changing nature of the research library. The shift from analogue to a mixed analogue/digital environment is...
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LONG TABLE – Politics in the Research Library

How do we archive contemporary political events and issues? And what is our role on providing information on them? The two interlinked questions are taken from a seminar we ran...
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WORKSHOP – Civic Transformation: Practical Steps Towards Authentic, Inclusive Library Activism

From bake sales to strikes, clicktivism to craftivism – this workshop will look at how we can use our own personal experiences of activism to enrich our services in meaningful,...
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Sara Huws

WORKSHOP – The impact of reflection as a tool towards inclusive working

**Please note that this workshop is limited to 10 participants** This workshop will explore a reflective design methodology being trialled at Wellcome Collection. The Wellcome Collection Inclusion Team is working...
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Orla O’Donnell
Helen Wakely

Conference Dinner

The RLUK Conference dinner will be held in the King’s Gallery at the British Library  




Aligning Academic Library Global Engagement Programs with University Strategic Goals: The Case of Penn State University

As institutions of higher education across the globe are prioritising global engagement among their programs, research initiatives, and teaching, academic libraries are afforded new opportunities to contribute to the successful...
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‘Walking in the fog’: leadership for uncertain times

We can see changes coming that will transform our workforce. To embrace these changes and come out stronger, we need to adopt a leadership model for effecting change in uncertain...
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The library as an intelligence organisation: The shifting role of academic libraries and their organisational and professional expertise in the field of research metrics and intelligence

Recent years have seen an increasing number of so-called ‘intelligence databases’ on the market, in which the publishers use sophisticated interfaces to make available analytics and visualisation based on their...
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Developing a Digital Scholarship Service at the National Library of Scotland: the first year

Digital scholarship, and the Collections as Data movement, has gained increasing traction in recent years, and with libraries now undertaking in-house mass digitisation, we are able to provide collections and support...
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Are we there yet? Digital Maturity modelling as part of the shift left

Like other organisations, Libraries want to shift left. But how do we know where we are on the digital journey, or where we need to go? While libraries have been...
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