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Covid-19 and the future of the digital shift amongst research libraries: an RLUK perspective in context

Baxter, G. ORCID:, Beard, L., Beattie, G., Blake, M., Greenhall, M., Lingstadt, K., Nixon, W. J. and Reimer, T. (2021) Covid-19 and the future of the digital shift amongst research libraries: an RLUK perspective in context. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 27 (3). pp. 322-348. ISSN 1740-7834

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/13614533.2021.1976232


Research Libraries UK is a consortium of 37 of the UK and Ireland’s largest research libraries with the purpose of convening its members around the key issues that affect them, to represent their collective voice, to support them as they face shared challenges, and to be an effective advocate on their behalf. In fulfilment of these roles, RLUK launched its digital shift manifesto in May 2020, which provides a vision for the research library of 2030 - in relation to the digital shift occurring within research library collections, services, operations, and audience interactions. Centred around the four strands of skills, spaces, scholarship, and stakeholders, the manifesto provides a shared vision of the future and a tangible programme of activities through which this can be achieved. This article will explore how the Covid-19 pandemic has witnessed the digital shift in action. Combining the reflections of individual academic and research libraries, and using RLUK’s previous research into the impact of Covid-19 as a foundation, this article will reflect on how realistic and future looking the manifesto was. It will explore the collective experiences of libraries regarding the digital shift, will consider progress made in the implementation of the manifesto against this rapidly changing backdrop, and will provide a series of reflections for the future.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Central Services > Academic and Governance Services > University Museums and Special Collections
ID Code:100156
Uncontrolled Keywords:Academic Libraries, Digital shift, Covid-19 pandemic, Library space, Library services
Publisher:Taylor and Francis


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