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Library strategic plan

To partner in the processes of research and innovation

Libraries and librarians play a critical role at various points in the life cycle of most research projects. Our rich Special Collections provide the foundation for many studies in the arts and humanities; our electronic journals disseminate the results which drive further work forward; our repositories, White Rose Research Online and Research Data Leeds store and make available the myriad intellectual outputs of our diverse academic community. Increasingly researchers are required to comply with strict open access requirements of funders including Research Councils UK and the Higher Education Funding Council. This changing structure of scholarly communications has had a major impact on library services. Our support for researchers has advanced rapidly over the past five years and as the academic landscape continues to evolve, so we will tailor our services to ensure through effective partnering that the University’s research is appropriately showcased and disseminated.

Advancing open scholarship

Promote the open access publishing opportunities of the White Rose University Press

Make it easier for authors to deposit metadata and full-text in Symplectic and the repositories, White Rose Research Online, White Rose E-theses Online and Research Data Leeds and, as a result, make Symplectic a better planning and reporting tool

Implement the White Rose roadmap for the development of the repositories, White Rose Research Online and White Rose E-theses Online

Collaborate with colleagues in Research and Innovation and Faculties to plan and administer the University’s Research Excellence Framework submission ensuring compliance with open access requirements

Work with national and international organisations on behalf of researchers to make the processes involved in publishing more efficient and affordable

Supporting best practice in research data management

Develop and promote a research data management infrastructure that will ensure that researchers can comply with funder requirements

Increase the rate of deposit of datasets to RDL by 50% per year for the first two years of the strategy

Develop an operating agreement which sets out where responsibility for each aspect of data management lies within the University

Establish mechanisms for monitoring and reporting compliance with funder data policies

Supporting researchers through collections and services

Work in partnership with researchers to understand better the points in the research lifecycle where the Library could add value and support

Investigate how researchers want to use the Researcher Hub space in the Edward Boyle Library and engage them in developing and delivering a programme of activities that facilitate interdisciplinary research collaboration

Promote the range of library services available to researchers through clear descriptions on the library website and other channels

Through the Cultural Institute and other academic channels, raise awareness of the research potential of our Special Collections

Support researchers preparing grant applications linking funding calls to collection strengths and providing data management planning

Design and deliver a blended learning skills development programme for research students and staff, based on the Researcher Development Framework working in partnership with other services and providers, for example, Organisational Development and Professional Learning