OCLC and Research Libraries UK survey special collections in UK and Ireland

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OCLC Research and Research Libraries UK are working together to gather data on special collections in research libraries in the UK and Ireland. The project is similar to a project conducted by OCLC Research in 2009 that gathered data on special collections in the United States and Canada.

The data will be used to support decision-making for strategic priorities and collaborative projects. The survey population will include all Research Libraries UK (RLUK) members, as well as OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions in the UK and Ireland.

‘RLUK has identified support for our members' unique and distinctive collections as a key strategic aim,’ said David Prosser, executive director of RLUK.

A report detailing the results of the survey will be published in the second quarter of 2012.