The next chapter for the UK Research Reserve

UKRR The next chapter for the UK Research Reserve

The UK Research Reserve (UKRR) has transitioned from a project to a service now run by the British Library. To mark the milestone, a celebratory conference was held in London.

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From April 2019, UKRR has become a full British Library Service. The project, initiated by Imperial College London, launched in 2007 to develop a joint approach in de-duplicating low-use journals. Since UKRR began, 128km of library shelving within member libraries has been de-duplicated. This extra space is now available for other purposes, such as study space.

The Next Volume: Celebrating UKRR from Project to British Library Service 

A conference marked the transition from project to British Library Service. The event celebrated the Higher Education Sectors achievements during the project. Andy Appleyard, head of Operations North at the British Library said “It was heart-warming to look back over the last 12 years and appreciate how the collaborative approach resolved a common problem”.

The presentations from the event are at the bottom of this news story.

What next for UKRR at the British Library?

A new team is working at the British Library which will now manage the service. Testing is under way to ensure that processes and procedures are running as planned. Once testing is complete, the service will launch to a wider audience later in the year. Andy Appleyard added “We’re looking forward to building on this ground breaking project and developing the new service in accord with our audience needs and our core purposes”.

A new dedicated British Library UKRR webpage is now available. For further information about UKRR, please contact us.

Conference Presentations

NBK – Data and Discovery and link to UKRR
Neil Grindley (Jisc)/Andy Appleyard (British Library). This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

UKRR Journals – a sustainable service
Andy Appleyard (British Library). This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Monographs – A state of the art
Theo Stubbs (imperial College London). This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

UKRR: Partnerships & Collaboration – Celebrating the achievements of UKRR 2007-2019
Chris Banks / John Hoskins. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.