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PaulAyris31 July 2015

UCL Library Services: UCL Institute of Education, Newsam Library and Archives

eXeXToday sees the production of the Report on the future alignment of activities and services in the UCL Institute of Education, Newsam Library and Archives, with the family of libraries in UCL Library Services.

The work has taken over 6 months and resulted in a 200-page Report, which can be seen here – IoE merger – Final Report-final version.

6 Workstreams and just under 50 members of staff have been involved in contributing to the Report. It is a fantastic achievement. The discussions have been lively, positive and 100% engaging. The result is a remarkable piece of work, which maps in great detail how the UCL Institute of Education, Newsam Library and Archives, will continue to grow and develop as a full member of the UCL family of libraries.

A big thank you to all who have contributed to the writing of this Report, not least to Rodney Amis our Project Officer who has co-ordinated all the activity and produced the splendid final version of the Report; and to Frances Shipsey who leaves us today for a new role at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Please do take time to take a look at the Report, and at what has been decided.

Paul Ayris

Director of UCL Library Services

UCL Institute of Education

PaulAyris19 December 2014

As colleagues will know, the Institute of Education merged with UCL on 2 December to form the UCL Institute of Education.

2015 will see a great deal of activity as colleagues across UCL Library Services seek to align the two service offerings. The accompanying WORD document details 8 Working Groups which have been established to look in detail at all aspects of library service provision. These are in the following areas:

  • User/Reader Group
  • Technical/IT Services Group
  • Academic Support Group
  • Archives, Special Collections and Records Group
  • Bibliographic Services Group
  • Strategy and Planning Group
  • Space Management/Health and Safety Group
  • Research Support Group

These Groups will meet between January and June 2015 and consider the questions listed in the Work Required column. It is up to each Group to arrange their meetings and to agree 2 co-chairs and a secretary to oversee and record the discussions. Each Group will need to send me a 1-page report each month so that we can report on progress to the UCL-IOE Merger Operations Group.

The output from the Working Groups will be a consolidated Report, outlining Next Steps, which I will compile based on the findings and recommendations of each of the Working Groups.

With best regards.

Paul
UCL