UKRR progress towards service delivery - June update

Royal Holloway University

We continue the process of moving UKRR to a British Library Service and in May and June have been presenting our vision to the community.

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M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries

Last month, Andy Appleyard, Head of Operations North at the British Library, presented an update on UKRR at a conference entitled “interlibrary loans and document delivery – improving your service”. The talk focused on how the British Library intends to transition UKRR from a project to a service and its relationship with existing British Library remote research services.

SCONUL Summer Conference

On 11th June Alison Selina, Operations Manager and Suzy Robinson, Business Analyst provided an update at the SCONUL summer conference in Manchester. Approximately 100 delegates attended the day and many of these selected our update. The feedback indicated that many libraries are keen to start submitting Expressions of Interest relating to their collections. Liz Jolly, the British Library’s Chief Librarian provided the keynote talk of the day. The presentation highlighted UKRR as being a great example of collaboration in practice.

Royal Holloway Collection Management “Share the Experience” Conference

At the two day conference, Andy presented the UKRR update. Once again, there was lots of interest in UKRR and eagerness to take part. There was also an update on the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK), explaining amongst other things, how it will interact with UKRR.

At the same event, there was a workshop facilitated by Theo Stubbs from Imperial College London. The session looked at how a UKRR for monographs model might work, and the potential benefits. The group, comprising of Higher Education Library related managers, contributed enthusiastically to the discussion. 

We will continue to provide updates throughout the transition period. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.