Ex Libris

Sponsor: Strategy Update

Ex Libris

Thursday 27th June 2019

12:05 PM – 12:35 PM

Chair: Hilde van Wijngaarden, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Institutional partnerships for open access, research data and beyond

This presentation will explore how Lancaster University Library has developed innovative and partnership-driven services that are fundamental to academic research. Lancaster is a research intensive university, ranked top 10 in the UK and highly ranked internationally. The Library’s research services have been developed to strategically align with the challenges faced by the institution in the research landscape, including the Research Excellence Framework, compliance with research funder requirements, knowledge exchange and engagement, and the research impact agenda. These services are fundamental to the success of the university and deliver value throughout the research lifecycle in areas such as open access, research data management, open data, citation analysis and funder compliance. Developing partnerships across the institution and externally has been essential to ensure these services achieve buy-in from academics, provide maximum strategic benefit and deliver value beyond the arena of published material. And the role of technology in this is critical, illustrated by Lancaster’s work as a global development partner with Ex Libris on Esploro.

Thomas Shaw has worked in the library sector for over 20 years and is Assistant Director for Digital Innovation and Research Services at Lancaster University. He leads the Library’s services that underpin academic research at the institution, encompassing areas such as open access, institutional repositories, research data management and citation analysis. He also leads digital innovation and library IT systems across the library’s services. Thomas began his career at the University of Bristol before moving into roles in libraries and digital technology in the National Health Service (NHS). He then returned to academia at the University of East London, where he led a varied portfolio which included the library’s research services. His professional interests include the role of libraries in academic research, digital innovation in libraries, the intersection of libraries and IT, and the opportunities for libraries to enhance their services through collaboration outside of the traditional sphere.