Monday, November 23, 2020

RLUK21 Conference – lightning talks call for submissions

 RLUK21 Conference – lightning talks call for submissions


Deadline: Friday 11 December


The RLUK Conference will return as a virtual event on 17-19 March 2021, and the theme will focus on the transformational power of the research library – the full programme will be published early in the new year. 
We have issued a call for submissions for lightning talks on practical responses or activities that have been implemented by libraries as a result of Covid-19. Proposals might demonstrate innovations, best practice, successes and failures, lessons learnt, and short and long-term impacts of the pandemic on our libraries. 
RLUK21 lightning talks will be a maximum of 10 minutes in length. There will be no other restrictions in terms of the presentation – you may choose to use slides, video or conduct a live or pre-recorded demonstration. Live/pre-recorded demonstrations might include short tours of buildings or spaces, or onsite illustrations of a new service or initiative. The deadline for this call is Friday 11 December, and submissions can be made via the RLUK Conference website.




DCDC21 Conference – call for papers


Deadline: 22 January 2021


The DCDC21 Conference is inviting submissions to its call for papers: Catalysts for change: transforming our practices, collections, and communities through times of crisis. The deadline to submit to the call for papers has been extended to 22 January 2021.


DCDC stands for Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities. It is a cross-sectoral conference, hosted by The National ArchivesRLUK and Jisc, that will bring together colleagues from the GLAMA sectors (galleries, libraries, archives, museums and academia) for a week-long event (28 June - 2 July 2021) to explore how crisis can act as a catalyst for change for collections, and within our cultural organisations.


The conference will examine the impact that crisis can have on working practices, collections, and audience engagement, and consider how cultural heritage organisations can look beyond times of crisis to foster innovation and collaboration in their institutions and communities.


Proposals are welcome on the theme of ‘catalysts for change’ on any project or initiative involving archives, libraries, museums and other heritage and cultural organisations in partnership with each other, with communities and the academic sector.  

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, the deadline for submissions to the call for papers has been extended to 22 January 2021. The full call for papers can be read on the DCDC website.




RLUK Digital Shift Forum


RLUK’s Digital Shift Forum (#RLUKDSF) promotes cross-sector discussion and debate on future of the digital shift, to enable knowledge exchange, and inspire collaborative endeavour across sectors and communities, for the research and information management communities. 

If you missed the talks by Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC, and Claire Warwick, Durham University, they are now available to view on the RLUKDSF page.


You can also register for the next two RLUKDSF events with Tiina Hill, Senior Manager, Digital Culture Network, Arts Council England, and John Stack, Digital Director at the Science Museum Group on the RLUK website.




LIBER Panel discussion: Research Libraries and Covid-19: Impact and Plans for the future


When: Friday 4th December 2020 (14.30-15.30 UK)

Format: this will take the form of a panel discussion and will include representatives from a number of European research libraires as well as LIBER, ARL, and RLUK.



Further details: 


In October 2020, LIBER launched a survey on ‘The State of Research Libraries During COVID-19: How Can LIBER Support You?’ The survey is set to map and assess the impact of COVID-19 on research libraries throughout Europe thus far, as well as to help libraries prepare for the challenging months ahead.


LIBER’s Executive Director, Astrid Verheusen, will present the main findings of the survey results as part of an introduction to a panel discussion on the topic. During the panel discussion we will explore and further investigate the key takeaways of the survey by bringing together leaders and experts from within and outside our network.



Melanie Cheung

Executive Assistant

Research Libraries UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8647


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