RLUK23 Virtual Conference :: 22-24 March 2023 Partners and Pioneers: Reimagining the modern research library

The research library is a place of experimentation, working as a partner and pioneer in the research process and as a catalyst for change within scholarship and society. It is central to the learning and research experience, operating in a complex and constantly shifting ecosystem.

We are emerging from a period of rapid transformation that has challenged not just the way that our libraries work, but their role within the campus and in relation to the wider community. The RLUK23 Conference will explore how research libraries have navigated this period of unprecedented change, and how positive decision making and planning can help us build more inclusive, diverse, and equitable libraries. As we move from a reactive mindset to now having the space to consider a more long-term perspective, RLUK23 will consider how library missions are being shaped in this new landscape.

We look forward to your joining us on 22-24 March 2023, as we reimagine the modern research library.


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

The ‘open’ library

  Helen Moore   Ian Gifford   Maria Mawson   Rebecca Wojturska   Scott Taylor
12:45 PM – 01:15 PM

HACKATHON: Silenced voices: who’s represented in our collections?

  Emma Francis   Francesca Soldati   Lesley MacRae   Susan Halfpenny
01:30 PM – 03:00 PM

Developing inclusive collections and practices: building confidence and capacity in the sector

03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

Engaging through collections

  Alison Faraday   Catherine Batson   Katie Flanagan   Paul Johnson
09:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Shaping inclusive libraries

  Justine Mann   Kim Tairi   Liz Osman   Michelle Blake   Sue Roberts
11:30 AM – 01:00 PM

Libraries as partners in research: reflections from the AHRC-RLUK Professional Practice Fellowship Scheme

  Alice Corble   Alison Harvey   Amelie Roper   Amy Campbell   Joanna Dunster   Tao Chang
01:30 PM – 03:00 PM

WORKSHOP: Action Planning for a More Ethnically Diverse Library and Information Workforce

  Judith Dray   Tracey Stanley

WORKSHOP: Looking after yours and others’ digital wellbeing

  Stephanie Jesper   Susan Halfpenny

WORKSHOP: The Failure Café of Collaborations

  Andrew Cusworth   Megan Gooch
05:30 PM – 06:00 PM


09:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Creating capacity to innovate: skills and partnership

  Beth Montague-Hellen   Kate Petherbridge   Lesley Gray   Lorraine Beard   Thomas Shaw
11:30 AM – 01:00 PM

The New Normal? Reimagining the Library for Open Access Books

  Anna Clements   Demmy Verbeke   Eileen Fradenburg Joy   Lucy Barnes   Nick Plant

Failure is good (for the future of libraries)

Learn more at  https://pheedloop.com/rluk23/site/schedule/