Sheffield, UK, 6 September 2016—OCLC, the global library cooperative, today announced that University College London (UCL) has selected OCLC Sustainable Collection Services to analyse over 2 million print monographs across 19 library sites and inform decisions about relegation, retention and potential shared print collection management.
UCL will use the web-based SCS GreenGlass decision-support application to analyse their own print collections and those held in other libraries. UCL will also include its owned e-books in the project, enabling GreenGlass to identify print books that are also held as e-books, adding a format dimension to the analysis. The data will then be used to formulate strategies around retention, storage and possible collaborative collection management initiatives.
"This project includes approximately 2.6 million monographs held across 18 libraries and a large off-site storage facility," said Martin Moyle, Assistant Director (Support Services), UCL Library Services. "Reference works, government documents, juvenile literature, audio-visual materials, special collections and e-books are all in scope. This will require the development and modelling of criteria relating to patterns of usage, age of material, date of acquisition, format, collection strength and other factors. Such a complex level of analysis would be unachievable without SCS GreenGlass."
News of the agreement follows closely similar announcements from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. Publication of an OCLC Research report in collaboration with Research Libraries UK (RLUK) discusses the challenges of managing group collection management, particularly with regard to preservation and storage.
"The uptake of OCLC SCS by another prestigious university in such quick succession reinforces the significance that space management represents to UK libraries," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC. "We are delighted to work with UCL on this project and as an RLUK library, this work builds on our recent collaboration with the group. It is our hope that this effort not only lays the foundation for better fulfilment of print requests for UCL, but also broader workflow and storage efficiencies."
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