Perhaps there has been no more opportune time for us to examine the transformational power of research libraries. The stress test of Covid-19 has .. Read more been a considerable challenge for our institutions, but it has also underlined the fundamental importance of research libraries and their vital role in supporting scholarship and research, and also their remarkable tenacity in adapting to a mercurial ‘new normal’. This year has, in many ways, accelerated some of these changes, including in the overnight shift to a remote, digital working environment, the impact of how research is now approached, conducted and consumed, and the urgent need to overhaul a dysfunctional scholarly publishing system. Current events have focused our attention on critical activities, but we also wish to look to the long term and how we might achieve an optimal future for the research library, build resilience to what possible futures may bring, and embed true diversity of thought, ideas and experiences within our institutions and practices. We welcome submissions for lightning talks that illustrate a practical response or activity that has been implemented as a result of Covid-19. Proposals might demonstrate innovations, best practice, successes and failures, lessons learnt, and short and long-term impacts of the pandemic on our libraries. Live/pre-recorded demonstrations might include short tours of buildings or spaces, or onsite illustrations of a new service or initiative.
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