Dublin, Ohio, 20 October 2016. OCLC, the global library cooperative, today announced that Murdoch University Library, in Perth, Western Australia, has selected OCLC's Sustainable Collection Services to analyse its print monograph collections.
Murdoch will use the web-based SCS GreenGlass decision-support application to undertake a large-scale review of its print collections, seeking to integrate data on usage and holdings in other libraries into its decisions to retain, relocate or deselect resources. The project includes over 300,000 print monographs, reference books and audio-visual materials. Murdoch expects that the data-driven approach of GreenGlass will not only inform collection strategies, but will make the process efficient and cost-effective.
"GreenGlass is a cost-effective solution that allows us to compare our entire collection to other libraries nationally and globally, as well as to target groups of comparator libraries, enabling us to make holistic decisions regarding our print resources," said Susan Ashcroft, University Librarian, Murdoch University. Ashcroft added that GreenGlass would "improve relations with the academic staff of the university, reinforcing their faith in our professionalism and high standards of evidence-based practice."
For GreenGlass, adaptation to Australian libraries represents a key component of a broader internationalisation strategy, as libraries worldwide seek new tools and techniques for managing print collections.
"The agreement between Murdoch and OCLC is the result of a collaborative exploration of Australian library data operating within the GreenGlass application," said Chris Thewlis, Regional Manager, OCLC Australia/New Zealand. "We were delighted to learn that GreenGlass can support Australian libraries with minimal adaptation. We are eager to extend these services to other libraries in Australia and New Zealand."
Murdoch University staff worked closely with SCS staff to ensure the GreenGlass application could support the collection management needs of the university, and other libraries in Australia.
"SCS and GreenGlass have always benefited from collaboration with customers," said Rick Lugg, Executive Director, OCLC Sustainable Collection Services. "The staff at Murdoch provided useful and timely input that helped ensure GreenGlass will prove effective in a new country. We very much appreciate their vote of confidence in being the first adopter in Australia. The collaboration between Murdoch and OCLC will make it easier for other libraries in Australia to use GreenGlass to its fullest potential."
More about Sustainable Collection Services is on the OCLC website.
About Murdoch University
Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, has more than 22,000 students and 2,000 staff from across 90 different countries with a desire to discover, use their imaginations and ultimately make a difference. Murdoch embraces free thinking and encourages the community to share ideas, pool knowledge and find new ways of thinking. Across Australia, Murdoch University is recognised for excellent teaching, ground-breaking research and high numbers of satisfied students. More about Murdoch University is at www.murdoch.edu.au/.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.