The Dynamic Workforce

Return to Libraries after Lockdown


Developing an agile, resilient workforce to meet the evolving needs of the institution



What is the programme about?

The pandemic has shone a spotlight on the need for agile working, re-skilling and time to reflect on the delivery of our services both virtual and those delivered in our physical buildings. This programme will look at the skills needed in our post-pandemic workplace including soft skills. Focusing on quick wins, staffing in the future and how frontline staff are deployed, we will seek to answer questions such as ‘will we need the same staffing levels? And ‘how to motivate and make people feel valued’. 


Programme activities

The library workforce post-pandemic: exchange of experience
Monday 12 July, 14.00 - 15.30

In response to the pandemic, libraries have had to be agile and adaptable in order to meet the needs of their institutions and their users. As we emerge from lockdown, how will the demands placed on the library evolve and what are the implications of this for the workforce and workforce development? Many institutions are developing hybrid and / or dynamic working but are also looking at significant shifts in their teaching and learning and research practices, all of which have implications for the library workforce. This event is an interactive discussion between SCONUL members. Login to the Libraries after Lockdown event site to watch the recording.


Community of Interest Group

SCONUL is establishing a community of interest group on Organisational development (looking at roles, skills and the nature of our work post-Covid). The focus of the group will be on knowledge exchange - sharing information and best practice between institutions and beyond. Membership is open to all staff at SCONUL member institutions who are interested in actively engaging in a conversation about the future. For further information or to register your interest, please e-mail