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 White Rose Research Online, a repository of full-text research outputs from researchers from across the three universities. Research Online is one of the most heavily-used institutional repositories in the UK;
• the development of the White Rose Etheses Online repository, containing over 5500 full-text electronic copies of PhD theses from Leeds, Sheffield and York research graduates;
• a collaborative collection management project with the British Library & MIMAS, later taken up by Jisc and now expanded nationally as the Copac Collection Management Tools;
• a project to develop learning materials for information professionals on Research Data Management issues (RDMRose);
• a variety of information-sharing and networking activities between the partner libraries.
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; managing development projects; and coordinating jointly-run services and activities.
• Executive Manager – Kate Petherbridge 01904 (32)3803
• Admin assistant – Tom Grady 01904 (32)4685