The conference was held at the Czech National Library of Technology (NTK) on the 9 – 11 October 2019 in Prague. Andy (British Library Head of Operations North) explained the role of the British Library and how traditional access services have changed in the digital age. The presentation reviewed the types of physical storage available to libraries along with the pros and cons. Andy also explained the rationale behind the British Library’s decision to build two high density, automated, low oxygen storage facilities at the Library’s northern operation located near Leeds (270km from the main site in central London). The central theme highlighted the approach behind the UK Research Reserve and why it has proven to be transformative in terms of collection management. UKRR has so far saved 120km of shelf space in UK University Libraries thereby delivering a £30m capital saving – essentially a 4:1 return on investment.
Andy explained how at a strategic level, managing physical and digital collections alongside collaborative storage can work in harmony and the importance of assessing collection management and collection development side-by-side.
The presentation was a summary of a longer journal article which was included within the conference eBook, see – 16th IFLA ILDS Conference Proceedings
Conference link - https://ilds2019.org/program/
British Library Presentation - The UK Research Reserve (UKRR): A Collaborative Collection Management Strategy