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The White Rose Libraries is a collaboration between the Library Services of the three partner institutions of the Consortium. Taking advantage of the geographic proximity of the universities, their similar strategic and operational focus as large research libraries, and the existing links between their researchers, students, and staff, the White Rose Libraries have worked together since 2004 on a number of initiatives that have allowed them to pool resources and expertise. These have included:

  • The establishment of joint institutional repositories White Rose Research Online, and White Rose Etheses Online; containing full-text research outputs from researchers from across the three Universities, along with over 6,000 full-text electronic copies of PhD theses from Leeds, Sheffield and York research graduates. The two repositories remain among the most heavily-used institutional repositories in the UK.
  • A major new project with OCLC, using their GreenGlass decision-support tool to analyse library print collections, as part of a joint approach to strategic collection management. This project will allow the libraries to model collaborative, evidence-based approaches to retention and weeding of low-value / low-use stock. This collaborative venture will help the libraries to make the best use of the space available, to maximise support for students and academics.
  • The establishment of the White Rose University Press, an open access digital publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books, and the UK’s first jointly-run open access university press, publishing across a wide range of academic disciplines. The launch of White Rose University Press puts Leeds, Sheffield and York in the vanguard of developments within scholarly publishing.

The White Rose Libraries Office – who are we?

The office is responsible for supporting, expanding and embedding White Rose Libraries activities by identifying common strategic objectives and potential areas for further collaboration; facilitating meetings of the White Rose Libraries working groups; organising events and workshops that bring relevant staff together for a variety of information-sharing and networking activities; managing development projects; and coordinating jointly-run services and activities.

For more information see the White Rose Libraries website.

  • White Rose Libraries Executive Manager – Kate Petherbridge 01904 323803
  • Administrative Assistant – Tom Grady 01904 324685

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