July 30, 2014

Research Libraries: RLUK Submits Evidence to House of Commons Inquiry into Open Access

From a RLUK Announcement: RLUK has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee into Open Access.  The evidence gives support for the move towards stronger funder mandates and shorter embargoes. Access the submission (5 pages; PDF) here. We’ve also embedded a copy of the submission below. On a related note, […]

New Report from RLUK "Re-skilling for Research" Looks at Changing Needs of Researchers and Effects on Libraries

Released today by RLUK (Research Libraries UK). From the RLUK Web Site: RLUK has published a major report by Mary Auckland on the changing needs of researchers and the effect on the subject/liaison role within libraries. As research activities evolve, research support must evolve with them. RLUK has been keen to determine what the new […]

RLUK/SCONUL Briefing on the Impact of Open Access

From a RLUK Post: The briefing outlines the latest evidence on increased impact for researchers in terms of visibility, usage and citation, together with a description of the benefits for the profile of institutions and the wider economic impact for society. We hope that research administrators and librarians will use the briefing to support the […]

New: A Blog For "Unique And Distinctive Collections Project" From RLUK

Direct to New Blog: Unique and Distinctive Collections:  A Research Libraries UK Project From the RLUK Web Site: This project aims to maximise the potential of unique and distinctive collections (UDCs) in RLUK libraries.  Traditionally known as special collections, UDCs are common and prominent features of large research libraries and have helped define their identities […]

UK: RLUK Appoints a new Unique and Distinctive Collections Project Manager

Cool job title! Interesting idea. From RLUK: RLUK has appointed Alison Cullingford, Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bradford, to the position of Unique and Distinctive Collections Project Manager. The aim of this specialised part-time role is to help maximise the potential of unique and distinctive collections (UDCs) in all formats held by RLUK […]

UK Government Pledges Copyright Reform, Reactions From the Library and Publishing Communities

From Ars Technica: The British government today pledged (PDF) to enact significant changes to copyright law, including orphan works reforms and the introduction of new copyright exceptions. And the tone of the comments was surprising: the government agrees that “copyright currently over-regulates to the detriment of the UK.” CD (and perhaps DVD) ripping for personal […]

OCLC Research and Research Libraries UK to Survey Special Collections and Archives in Research Libraries Within the UK and Ireland"

From an OCLC Announcement: OCLC Research and Research Libraries UK are working together on a project to gather data on special collections in research libraries in the UK and Ireland. The project is similar to a project conducted by OCLC Research in 2009 that gathered data on special collections in the United States and Canada. […]

New Report from RIN and RLUK: "The Value of Libraries for Research and Researchers"

From a Post by Catherine Gray: This jointly commissioned RIN and RLUK report presents the findings of a systematic study of the value of the services that libraries in the UK provide to researchers, and of the contributions that libraries from a wide range of institutions make to institutional research performance. The aim was to identify […]