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University of Sheffield to use OCLC Sustainable Collection Services to manage print resources

Sheffield is first UK institution to use SCS tools to analyze and manage print monograph collection

DUBLIN, Ohio, 30 November 2015The University of Sheffield is the first institution in the UK to select OCLC Sustainable Collection Services (SCS), the analysis tools and services that will help the University Library make more informed decisions about managing its print resources.

The University of Sheffield will use the SCS GreenGlass Web-based application to better understand its physical collections, protect rare materials and help better manage low-use materials.

"Changing user behaviour and demands on library space means all libraries are having to look at managing their print collections in new ways," said Anne Horn, Director of Library Services and University Librarian, University of Sheffield. "The University of Sheffield chose SCS because it provides an evidence-based approach to decisions that affect our collections. We need to ensure we are making careful decisions based on facts about our holdings in our own library as well as others."

GreenGlass is a leading solution used by more than 200 libraries to analyze monographs, provide data to support informed decision-making, help free up physical space and reduce the cost of managing local print collections. In January 2015, OCLC acquired SCS to strengthen shared print efforts and expand the power and reach of SCS tools and services.

"OCLC is delighted to be working with the University of Sheffield on this initiative," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC. "SCS is an essential part of our overall strategy to develop services that support the full shared print life cycle in academic libraries. This is a pressing issue facing higher education institutions, both individually and collectively."

OCLC is also working with Research Libraries UK (RLUK), which represents 38 leading research libraries in the UK and Ireland, on a project to help meet strategic objectives for shared collection management. More about this work is at www.rluk.ac.uk/category/oclc.

About The University of Sheffield

With almost 26,000 of the brightest students from around 120 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities. A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

In 2014 it was voted the number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education and in the last decade has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students, and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields. More about The University of Sheffield is at www.sheffield.ac.uk/.

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