RLUK

RLUK (Research Libraries UK) is where research libraries in the UK address shared issues.

The organization has a new name (previously it was CURL), website, blog, strategic plan [pdf], and vision/mission.

The plan identifies six strategic themes:

Theme 1 Developing the research library workforce
Theme 2 Building the new research information infrastructure
Theme 3 Resource discovery and delivery
Theme 4 Digitisation
Theme 5 Demonstrating value
Theme 6 Increasing our effectiveness

Here is the text under Theme 5, a growing concern to all libraries:

Although research libraries are generally highly valued by their customers, the value that they add to their parent institutions and to the wider UK economy is often poorly understood and difficult to measure. RLUK will work with cognate agencies to maximise the use of existing management information, for example in benchmarking, and to develop new tools to enable research libraries to demonstrate more effectively the contribution that they make to institutional success. [The Power of Knowledge - The RLUK Strategic Plan 2008 - 2011 | RLUK]

Their new vision takes the theme of value to a higher level:

RLUK's vision is that the UK should have the best research library support in the world [RLUK]

I wonder how they will know if they have succeeded?

Comments: 0

May 30, 2008
Amos Lakos

They may learn by continuing the assessment, outcome analytics work they do, by developing new analytic and survey tools and by understanding marketing.

And possibly also by - focusing on developing a workforce that will build a culture of assessment.

Personally, I have seen good work done in this direction in Australia, New Zealand, UK and other European countries. We are learning here as well - but slowly...

Amos

PS - I wish there were more comments...