AHRC Townhall (in partnership with RLUK): Shaping the future funding landscape to enable collaboration between researchers and academic and research libraries.

16 February 2021

The Arts and Humanities Research Council and Research Libraries UK invite you to attend a town hall meeting to shape future funding frameworks and research programmes, in support of collaboration between academic libraries and researchers.

These town halls support a major RLUK scoping study which, in partnership with the AHRC, explores the role and potential of research and academic libraries as partners and leaders of academic research. They will also explore the longer-term development of cross-sector collaboration between academics, scholars, and research and academic libraries in order to provide better support and more meaningful partnerships. This includes the constituent parts of many research and academic libraries, or organisations closely associated with them, such as archives, special collections, and university museums.

The aim is to create a compelling vision of the future research library that

  • Provides quality support for research in AHSS subjects through working in partnership
  • Increases collaborative opportunities for researchers
  • Develops new partnerships actively involving library staff
  • Responds to future skills and resource needs effectively
  • Grows and utilises library expertise, especially in digital scholarship
  • Creates new funding frameworks for work in the field

The 60 minutes of this interactive meeting will comprise presentation, discussion and question and answer session

Now is a particular moment for change in research infrastructure and support, with libraries at the heart of the challenge and the opportunity. We invite all academics and independent scholars working across AHSS subjects, and inter- and multi-disciplinary colleagues. Early-career researchers and those interested in working in collaboration with library, heritage, or cultural institutions are particularly encouraged to attend. Institutions are urged to send delegates to one or other of the events to help shape future strategy and funding guidelines.

There will be an opportunity to submit questions in advance of the meetings.

The meetings will be led by Professor David Baker of Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, and Professor Jane Winters of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

These events will be recorded and speaker presentations may be published by RLUK/and or AHRC. Recordings of questions and discussions will not be published and will be used to inform the ongoing scoping study.

To register: https://www.rluk.ac.uk/event/ahrc-town-halls-scholarly-research/