UCL is a member of the UK Research Reserve (UKRR), an initiative aimed at releasing much-needed shelf space by sharing responsibility nationally for storing and preserving a number of print copies of research journals and discarding the remainder. HEFCE has made £10 million available to support the current five-year programme (2009/10-2013/14), which is led by Imperial and involves 29 HEIs (including 17 members of the Russell Group), along with the British Library.
For each title, the BL will hold one copy, and responsibility for retaining the 2nd and 3rd back-up copies will be distributed amongst the other participants. This will be a formal undertaking. It will then be possible to dispose of copies held elsewhere. The costs involved will be met from the HEFCE funding.
Preliminary estimates indicate that we will be able to discard up to 6,000 print titles from our offsite store, releasing 8km - equivalent to around three years' growth - of shelf space. This is a high priority as the store will shortly be at capacity. Unwanted runs of journals from other UCL Library Services sites can also be included.
We are currently focusing on lists for disposal of print titles where we also have electronic access (and where a back-up copy of the e-version is held by an independent trusted third party) - this means that staff and students at UCL will continue to have ready access to the content.
Last modified 3 December 2010