King's College London to use OCLC Sustainable Collection Services to make data-driven decisions about collections
A research-led institution which is ranked among the top universities in the world, King's College London comprises six libraries and an off-site storage facility housing 1 million print volumes, 44,000 e-journals and 350,000 e-books. As the demand for library space increases, the staff are having to consider ways in which they can free up space, while also working to adhere to their commitment of growing their physical collections.
"When the libraries of King's College London were originally built, they were not built for the number of students that we currently see using the spaces. This has meant that we have had to start looking at ways to downsize the collections we keep on site and free up space," said Lis Hannon, Interim Director of Library Services at King's College London. "With such big collections, we knew this was going to be a time-consuming project and that we would need help, and this is where SCS and GreenGlass came in. The software has allowed us to have a more data-driven approach focusing on usage, age and overlap not only in comparison to our electronic resources, but also with other libraries' collections, too."
GreenGlass is a web-based analysis application that will support King's College London in assessing its print collections and informing decisions around storage, retention and sharing.
"We are delighted that King's College London has selected SCS. It is great to see libraries working collaboratively and sharing their collections to give students the best possible study experience and facilities. They are able to consider collections on both a local and national scale using WorldCat holdings data and, consequently, they can make the best use of their space," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC.
About King's College London
King’s College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 29,600 students (of whom nearly 11,700 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 8,000 staff. King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 84 percent of research at King's was deemed 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent.' King's students and staff have dedicated themselves in the service of society. King's will continue to focus on world-leading education, research and service, and will have an increasingly proactive role to play in a more interconnected, complex world. Visit the King's College London website to find out more about Vision 2029, King's strategic vision for the next 12 years to 2029, which will be the 200th anniversary of the founding of the university. World-changing ideas. Life-changing impact: www.kcl.ac.uk/news/headlines.aspx
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