TOPS and UCL Library Services
By Paul Ayris, on 27 March 2017
As colleagues will know, UCL is currently investing time and energy in developing a TOPS programme for improving the delivery of professional services across UCL. With the move of UCL Library Services into the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research), an important task has been accomplished by ensuring that the mission and vision of the Library are fully aligned with the educational and research ambitions of UCL. To deliver this, the UCL family of libraries is one family, contributing to an overall library strategy for UCL, with a unified budgetary process and a joined-up reporting structure for all colleagues. All this is fully in line with the ambition of the TOPS programme.
From 1 April, I have asked Ben Meunier as Director of Operations to be the operational point of contact between the TOPS Team, UCL Professional Services and the Library, following separate meetings which the TOPS Team are having with the Vice-Provost (Research) and with me as Pro-Vice-Provost. It will be important to ensure that current library operations which perform so very well should not be disturbed by any new TOPS arrangements. Ben’s role going forward will be to ensure that the principles of TOPS, which have been agreed with the TOPS Team, are implemented and sustained.
I understand, of course, that until the full operating model for TOPS is known, colleagues may feel apprehensive. It is currently planned that the new operating model will be made available during Summer 2017. Any colleague who has immediate questions about TOPS should contact Ben Meunier, who can offer advice and ensure that your concerns are reflected in ongoing discussions.
Dr Paul Ayris
Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services)
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