On Monday 18 May, RLUK launched a manifesto for the digital shift in research libraries during a webinar attended by over 450 delegates. The manifesto is the product of a year’s work by members of RLUK’s digital shift working group and provides a vision for the research library of the future, an overview of how this vision might be shaped by the digital shift, and the tangible steps that the research library community might take to enable its realisation.
Research Libraries have long been adapting to the digital environment, introducing new ways of working, accessing and using collections, and engaging with wide and diverse audiences. The transition from analogue to digital has been a familiar and highly visible process in research library collections, services, and audience interactions. Card indexes have become online catalogues, physical books and journals have been joined by e-print, and some library spaces have now become digital scholarship labs. The ‘digital shift’ has been used by RLUK as an umbrella term to encompass all of these activities and changes.
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