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The Evolution of the UK Research Reserve: Long-Term Sustainabilty for Low-Use Journals

Askwith Hall, Longfellow Hall
Harvard Graduate School of Education
6 Appian Way

Radcliffe Gymnasium, Knafel Center
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
10 Garden Street
Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, 3 – 6 p.m.

Keynote, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Reception, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Harvard Symposium on Sustainable Models for Print Storage in 21st Century Libraries brings together leaders in the reconceptualization of collection management from the US and the UK, librarians, Harvard faculty members and other stakeholders to share experiences and to advance thinking on optimal constructs for the coming decades. Decisions that Harvard and other institutions will make in the next five years will likely shape the course of library development for the next century and will be a critical factor for transformation of libraries and the channeling of resources to meet contemporary and future needs of the academic and research communities.

The UK Research Reserve (UKRR) is a collaborative distributed national research collection managed by a partnership between the Higher Education sector and the British Library. It allows Higher Education libraries to de-duplicate their journal holdings of a title if two copies are held by other UKRR members, ensuring continued access to low-use journals, while allowing libraries to release space to meet the changing needs of their users. Large libraries such as Oxford reduced storage costs by eliminating multiple copies and retaining reference and preservation copies.

Two leaders in the establishment of the UKRR are Sir Drummond Bone and Deborah Shorley. They will outline the objectives, challenges and lessons learned in the public keynote to the invitational Harvard Library Symposium on Sustainable Models for Print Storage in the 21st Century.

Sir Drummond Bone graduated from Glasgow University, and was a Snell Exhibitioner at Balliol from 1968 to 1972, and served as professor of English literature and dean of the faculty of arts at the University of Glasgow, principal of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College in the University of London, vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool and president of Universities UK.

Sir Drummond is an acknowledged expert on the poetry of Byron and is president of the Scottish Byron Society. He was a long-time member of the Steering Group of the Council for College and University English, a fellow of the English Association, and an elected fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, as well as being a member of the CBI Science and Innovation Committee and chair of the Northern Way’s Industry and Innovation Group. In 2008 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was knighted in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to higher education and the regeneration of the North-West.

Speaking with Sir Drummond will be Deborah Shorley, who served as director of library services at Imperial College London. Previous to Imperial College, she was the librarian of the University of Sussex and the assistant director of information services at the University of Ulster. Shorley was also president of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, head of UK Research Reserve, chair of MIMAS and on the board of JISC Collections, the Association of European Research Libraries and Research Libraries UK, as well as a member of the Agence Bibliographique de l’Enseignement Supérieur.

Gazette Classification: Lecture

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 15:00