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OCLC Sustainable Collection Services extends GreenGlass to support groups

New group features improve library collaboration in shared-print projects

DUBLIN, Ohio, 7 January 2016—OCLC Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) now supports shared print monograph projects through its GreenGlass application. GreenGlass group features extend collection visualization and interactivity to consortial or regional collections, enabling participating libraries to better understand and manage their shared collection.

GreenGlass, an interactive decision-support application, has been used by individual libraries to identify retention, transfer and withdrawal candidates for individual libraries based on usage and holdings in other libraries. Guided by input from librarians, SCS has extended GreenGlass capabilities to support group data sets, and to introduce new group-level tools.

New GreenGlass group functionality includes real-time modeling of retention scenarios based on multiple factors, and a suite of group-level collection visualizations. These are designed to inform and facilitate decision-making among shared print partners.

"Many librarians wanted to make retention, storage and withdrawal decisions in close collaboration with consortial partners, regional groups and resource-sharing partners," said Rick Lugg, SCS Executive Director. "In a group context, GreenGlass can help clarify decisions and outcomes, stimulate discussion, and provide a quantitative dimension to shared print management."

As library collections move from print to digital, and spaces once used to house books are now dedicated to users, librarians need data and tools to help curate onsite collections, and to collaborate on retention and storage. GreenGlass group features offer a tool built expressly for that purpose.

SCS services use WorldCat, the largest aggregation of library data in the world as well as the world's largest library resource sharing network, to inform which titles should be kept locally, which can be discarded, and which can be considered to be kept in shared collections.

SCS is the leader in analyzing print collection data to help libraries manage and share their materials. OCLC acquired SCS in January 2015.

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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.

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