University of Leicester joins prestigious UK library network

Posted by ap507 at Jun 25, 2015 04:22 PM |
Research Libraries UK expands its membership

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 25 June 2015   

The University of Leicester has been selected to join an alliance of leading libraries in the UK.

Research Libraries UK (RLUK) derives its strength from the commitment of its members’  shared vision to ensure that libraries contribute to the advancement of research and scholarship through their outstanding collections and services. 

RLUK has now announced that following a round of applications, four new members will join RLUK:

  • University of Leicester
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • University of Reading
  • University of Sussex

"We were very impressed with the quality of the applications we received from libraries wishing to join RLUK", said John MacColl, Chair of both RLUK and the Membership Sub-Group.  "All four of our new member libraries were able to demonstrate their commitment to the values of RLUK, and we are sure that they will improve our existing organisation. They will bring new insights to the challenges we face both institutional and collective, delivering innovative research support services, and refreshing our approaches to the enduring task of building and caring for collections.”

Caroline Taylor, University of Leicester Librarian, said: “We are delighted that Leicester will be joining RLUK (Research Libraries UK).  In doing so, Leicester is joining a community of libraries contributing to the advancement of research and scholarship through outstanding collections and services and will work alongside others from research-intensive universities.  I am pleased that the RLUK panel was particularly struck by the strength of our application and the interesting and innovative work being carried out by the University of Leicester library.”

The Directors of the Libraries from the four new members (John Tuck, Caroline Taylor, Julia Munro, and Kitty Inglis, respectively) confirmed that they were "thrilled to be joining the RLUK community, and look forward to working with colleagues from an exceptional group of institutions and contributing to the re-envisioning of the research library in a digital age.”

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