What do libraries look like in a post-pandemic work environment and culture, faced with inequitable open research models, advances in digital technologies, and skills and workforce gaps? And how can we disrupt the information landscape through a lens of radical collaboration and systemic innovation cultures? This talk will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities for academic and research libraries in particular.

Speaker: Masud Khokhar

Masud Khokhar

Masud Khokhar

A computer scientist by education, Masud Khokhar is passionate about digital leadership and innovation in the changing library and archive environments. His core interests cut across the topics of strategic leadership, digital transformation, user experience, learning spaces, innovation cultures, open education and research, and staff talent realisation. Masud joined the University of Leeds in 2021 and has had a varied career with senior roles in the private sector and higher education, including at the Bodleian Libraries (University of Oxford), Lancaster University, and the University of York. In 2023, Masud also took on the additional responsibility of Director of Learning Spaces to develop the strategic delivery programme for learning spaces at the University of Leeds. Masud is the current chair of Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a consortium of the 39 leading and most significant research libraries in the UK and Ireland. He also serves on the White Rose Libraries Executive Board, as an external member of the Cambridge University Library Syndicate and provides guidance and support to AHRC on research infrastructures.

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