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OCLC signs up University of Sheffield

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The University of Sheffield has become the first institution in the UK to select OCLC Sustainable Collection Services (SCS), the analysis tools and services aimed at helping university libraries make more informed decisions about managing 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 at the 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.'

'OCLC is delighted to be working with the University of Sheffield on this initiative,' said Eric van Lubeek, vice president and managing director for 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.'