SCONUL is establishing community of interest groups (CIGs) in areas of importance to our members and are inviting staff from those institutions to take part. The groups will 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.
We are setting up three groups initially 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?
We are looking for creative and collaborative approaches to practical issues and are interested in fresh thinking and disruptive innovation. The focus of the groups will be 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 will 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 will be 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. SCONUL will seek a secretary for each group from among initial members. Each group will have 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 ask 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 will be 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.
How to get involved