Project Aims


RLUK libraries are continually exploring new approaches to services and new roles for staff.  Many are engaged in internal initiatives and external project collaborations which are identifying these new ways of working and emerging roles.

Over the past three years research by the RIN, JISC and other groups including RLUK has highlighted important issues for the direction of the future of research libraries which need to be debated and assimilated as part of a more holistic approach. This strand will take as its context the changing environment of UK funding and policy across the research library sector, and adopt a thematic approach to synthesising these ideas. The aim is to cover a wide spectrum including our support for researchers, use of space, decisions on collection building/relegation, embedding shared opportunities for infrastructure, scholarly communication and workforce development. It will draw in ideas from other workstreams and collaborators, and integrate them into an overall picture.

The work is intended directly to support member libraries by providing exemplars and advocacy for use in change management and future planning. The outputs will include position papers, focused meetings to share practice, and shared training sessions with other bodies.

The Programme

  1. RLUK, with support from the RIN, is undertaking a programme of work to provide support for research libraries individually and collectively in their attempts to develop strategies and plans that respond effectively to rapidly-changing research, HE and information environments. The work is taking place between July 2012 and December 2013.

RRLM Steering Group:

Mark Brown (Chair), University of Southampton

Wayne Connolly, Newcastle University

John MacColl, University of St Andrews

Jan Wilkinson, University of Manchester

Sue Mehrer, University of Cambridge

David Prosser, RLUK

Mike Mertens, RLUK

Michael Jubb, RIN

  1. The programme has a number of objectives, including:

a)      to analyse the key current characteristics of research libraries and their services

b)      to analyse key trends in the HE, research and information landscapes

c)      to create briefing and advocacy papers on key issues and trends

d)      to develop links with other organisations in the UK and overseas

e)      to create forums and to develop networks for discussion and engagement with the RLUK and related communities

f)       to help identify key principles and goals to feed into discussions on the next RLUK strategic plan

Themes, process and suggested topics…


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