Posted by: bluesyemre | June 3, 2016

Strength in Numbers: The #ResearchLibraries UK (#RLUK) Collective Collection by #OCLC


OCLC and Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a consortium of major research libraries in the UK and Ireland [37 member libraries], today announced the publication of a new report that provides a first-of-its-kind perspective on the scope, depth, and duplication present across RLUK library collections, and highlights the opportunities and challenges of managing these collections as a shared asset.The report, Strength in Numbers: The Research Libraries UK (RLUK) Collective Collection, extends a growing body of evidence that highlights the importance of a system-wide perspective in supporting cooperative management of institutional assets like library collections.

The report describes the salient features of the RLUK collective collection – the combined collections of the RLUK member libraries – with a special emphasis on print book holdings. The findings from the report will inform strategic planning within the RLUK membership in regard to deeper cooperation around long-term collection management – particularly with regards to preservation and storage, the potential role of digital alternatives for print materials, and how library space can be used most effectively.

Full Report

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