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 well underway. This Digital Shift requires libraries to look, operate, and organise themselves differently, with new skill sets, redesigned workflows, and new tools and techniques. In order to formulate a vision for the research library for the next 10-15 years, RLUK have convened a working group of colleagues drawn from its five member networks with an interest in the Digital Shift. Based on these diverse perspectives and drawing in feedback from across the RLUK community, the group is preparing a ‘manifesto for change’, a vision of the research library in 2030 and recommendations for an RLUK programme of activity to support research libraries in this transition. This paper will outline the challenge, introduce the work of the group and present the draft manifesto. It will set the scene for a subsequent long table session that will invite a more in-depth reflection of the draft document and its implications.