Community of Interest Groups

SCONUL has three community of interest groups (CIGs) in areas of importance to our members.  These are open to staff from our member institutions to join and provide an opportunity for future and emerging leaders to come together and share their expertise, to learn from each other and to provide the community with the benefits of their collective knowledge and insight.

The three groups work in the following areas:

  • Delivering blended learning: looking at libraries’ role in supporting their institutions as they make this transition
    Co-convenors: David Clover, Middlesex University and Suzanne Tatham, University of Sussex
  • Embracing disruption: exploring new technologies and innovative uses of existing technologies
    Co-convenors: Birgit Fraser, Anglia Ruskin University and Wendy White, University of Southampton
  • Organisational development: examining roles, skills and the nature of our work post-Covid
    Co-convenors: David Clay, University of Salford and Janet Corcoran, Imperial College London

What are we seeking to achieve?

The groups provide an opportunity for colleagues to explore creative and collaborative approaches to practical issues with the aim of fostering fresh thinking and disruptive innovation. The focus of the groups is on knowledge exchange - sharing information and best practice between institutions and beyond. Members are invited to bring their ideas and experience to a shared conversation about the future of academic and research libraries. 

How do the groups work?

  • Membership: open to all staff at member institutions who are interested in actively engaging in a conversation about the future.
  • Leadership: The groups are self-directing and self-organising. Initial appointments of two co-convenors have been made for each group, but ultimately the leadership of the groups will be passed over to its members.  Each group has a formal link to the relevant SCONUL strategy group and will have support from that group. It will be up to each group to decide on priorities and set the agenda, but we have asked each group to put on one event each year for the broader membership and to present an annual report to the SCONUL AGM. 
  • Collaboration: Group members are expected to act in the broad interest of the SCONUL community and to work together as a team to achieve the objectives of the CIG. Members should be mindful of any potential conflicts of interest and to declare these as appropriate.

Further information

SCONUL has created a dedicated area for Community of Interest groups on the Libraries afer Lockdown event platform where each CIG has its own section for meetings scheduled, recordings, resources and collaboration.  

For details on how to register to access the platform please e-mail

If you would like to get involved in a Community of Interest Group please register your interest via: Join-SCONUL-CIG.