University College Dublin to use OCLC Sustainable Collection Services to transform library collections

SHEFFIELD, UK, 18 January 2018University College Dublin (UCD), one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities, will use OCLC Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) to tackle collection management challenges as it redefines its library services and facilities.

Ireland's largest university, UCD is currently ranked within the top one percent of institutions world-wide. The university has now embarked on an ambitious plan to review its library print book collections. UCD will use a data-driven approach pioneered by SCS and GreenGlass, its web-based analysis application, to inform decisions about its collections. UCD's objective is to maintain a vibrant and relevant collection across its multiple campuses, while freeing up space for other activities.

"We want to analyse our print monograph collections in terms of circulation, and holdings in other libraries, such as our resource-sharing partners," said Carmel O'Sullivan, Associate Librarian for Collections, at UCD. "The work will include identification of scarcely-held titles for retention, and low-use titles that might be moved to storage or withdrawn from stock, as appropriate. We decided to use SCS because work of this nature is complex and time-consuming. We want to ensure decisions regarding print rationalisation are based on a proper understanding of user needs. This requires detailed modelling of criteria related to use, age, and other factors."

This transformative project will ensure UCD's libraries, including the flagship James Joyce Library, will meet the needs of its international research community, while continuing to develop public service offerings for the increasingly diverse users of its facilities.

"Academic libraries are in a period of strategic change, grappling with the changing nature of information in the digital era," said Eric van Lubeek, OCLC Vice President, Managing Director EMEA and APAC. "UCD is no different. They aspire to be an exemplar of what 21st century library services and spaces should look like—dynamic learning environments that support engagement, collaboration and innovation. Key to the success is intelligently repurposing space through collection rationalisation. Using SCS to achieve this ensures optimal balance between collections and space by enabling data-driven decisions about storage, usage, and collaboration."

About University College Dublin Library

UCD Library’s mission is to organise and support the University’s information to inspire engagement and learning, to enable its use in promoting research and innovation, and to contribute to the preservation of Irish cultural heritage resources.

About OCLC

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