SHEFFIELD, UK, 21 June 2018—The University of Bristol has selected OCLC Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) to help manage their print monographs as they transform their library space.
Ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the world, the University of Bristol holds approximately 1 million monographs across nine libraries and a Research Reserve. As they develop their strategy for the next five years, the university will reassess their collections and buildings. SCS provides tools and services which will help staff manage, share, archive or remove monographs using data to inform decision making.
"With plans at the university to have a new library for 2022/23, we need to do a significant piece of work right-sizing collections. SCS allows us to make evidence-based decisions to manage our collections, reviewing usage, age and overlap with other libraries accordingly," said Stuart Hunt, Deputy Director of Library Services, University of Bristol. "These valuable insights mean we can understand our collections and their usage in ways that have not been possible previously. We can manage low-use print monographs while still offering the best possible choice, simultaneously repurposing space to better meet the needs of today's students and researchers."
As part of the agreement, the university will have access to GreenGlass software, which allows comparison of institutional collections on a regional, national and international basis using WorldCat holdings data.
"We are extremely pleased that the University of Bristol have chosen SCS. As a recent addition to the WMS community, it is great to see the university using OCLC services to not only transforming library workflows, but also physical collections and space, too," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC.
About the University of Bristol
The University of Bristol is ranked within the top 50 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2018); it is also ranked among the top five institutions in the UK for its research, according to new analysis of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014; and is the third most targeted university by top UK employers. The University was founded in 1876 and was granted its Royal Charter in 1909. It was the first university in England to admit women on the same basis as men. The University is a major force in the economic, social and cultural life of Bristol and the region, but is also a significant player on the world stage. It has over 16,000 undergraduates and nearly 6,000 postgraduate students from more than 100 countries, and its research links span the globe.
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