White Rose Libraries partnership shortlisted for prestigious award

White Rose Libraries are on the shortlist for a Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award (THELMAs) in the Outstanding Library Team category.

THELMA shortlisted logo April 2018

The THELMAs are the only national awards honouring the full range of professional services and administrational talent working in UK universities.

White Rose Libraries is a partnership between the libraries at Leeds, Sheffield and York. This unique collaboration has led innovation and development in the information sector nationally. Working together, the libraries develop joint services and respond creatively to challenges for researchers and research collections.

Two examples of the partnership's ability to identify and pursue work with local scope but national relevance are the White Rose University Press (WRUP) and the collaborative collections management project.

WRUP was launched to support open access publishing, in response to academic feedback. It brings high-quality scholarship to a global audience without paywall barriers by publishing journals and monographs.

Another key area of collaboration was a joint analysis of library collections across the three institutions, in order to better manage print collections. For the first time in the UK, a number of different data analysis methods and tools were used to assess the scope and content of collections. The findings informed our local strategies for collection management, but also contributed to the national discussion around the quality of UK library data that informs the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase.

The THELMAs will be announced during a ceremony in London on Thursday 21 June 2018.

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