From Adaptive Practice to Service Redesign

Return to Libraries after Lockdown

From Adaptive Practice to Service Redesign

Blended learning and the shape and design of library services



What is the programme about?

As we take stock and review the impact of the sudden shock the sector has faced and the future shape of our services, we have an opportunity to share and learn from our responses and to think creatively about the future. Which elements of this adaptive practice should we retain and which should we discard? Which established practices no longer look fit for purpose? What barriers have we identified to full digital delivery of our services? This programme will examine these questions and provide a space for members to stand back from the immediate challenges we are facing and plan for the future.


Programme activities

Shared international perspectives on libraries’ responses to the pandemic 
Monday 29 March 11.00 - 13.00

Academic and research libraries across the world are facing a similar set of challenges in responding to COVID-19 and all that has followed. This launch event brings together speakers from Hong Kong, Europe and Australia to help frame the conversation we have about the mutual challenges and opportunities facing us.  We will share perspectives on our learning around user wishes and needs, about barriers to full digital delivery, and the opportunities the crisis has brought to rethink established patterns of service delivery and user expectation.

The campus experience post-Covid: what does this mean for library spaces?
Date tbc

This event  will include the launch of research by Dr Andrew Cox, University of Sheffield, on drivers for the usage of library spaces in the UK and a panel discussion on the impact of Covid on the use of library space.

Further events will look at the issues arising for members in supporting institutions’ moves towards blended learning and teaching, including a facilitated discussion taking the findings from the Jisc project teaching and learning reimagined and considering the application for our libraries.

Community of interest group

We are in the process of establishing a community of interest group on supporting blended learning and will be announcing further details shortly.