UK Distributed Print Book Collection (UKDPBC) – Update February 2023
UKDPBC is envisaged as a national distributed collection of print monographs with RLUK, SCONUL, national libraries, special libraries and Jisc all playing a role. This approach will ensure preservation of, and access to, shared print holdings in the UK for current and future users.
Activities to date
- Data has been provided by Jisc showing the distribution of holdings for print books where there are fewer than 10 copies held by libraries whose data is in the National Bibliographic Knowledge Base (which underpins the Jisc Library Hub).
- Discussions are underway with Jisc to fully understand the data. There has been no consultation as yet on setting the national threshold for print book retention. Data modeling so far suggests that, for example, were it agreed that nationally 10 copies of print monographs should be retained then RLUK libraries would be asked to retain between 27% and 57% of their holdings (excluding the legal deposit, LSE and SOAS libraries), with most being asked to retain between 30% to 50%. However, consultation is yet to take place on setting the national threshold for print book retention.
- Further examination of the data is planned to understand the impact on non-RLUK SCONUL libraries of any agreement to retain print monographs.
- The RLUK-CSN Print Storage Group has met with the chairs of the SCONUL Content Group and Ann Rossiter to discuss the UKDPBC and a follow up focus group with SCONUL member libraries was held in January 2023. The UKDPBC was also discussed in one of the break-out sessions at the SCONUL Future Ready Libraries Conference in January 2023. SCONUL are keen to have further discussions on the UKDPBC to understand the benefits and the impact for all members.
- The RLUK-CSN Print Storage Group has met with the British Library to discuss the UKDPBC. The British Library are supportive and keen to keep abreast of developments.
- Further analysis of the data supplied by Jisc is being undertaken, including in relation to SCONUL libraries.
- This analysis will inform consultation with the sector on guidelines for the operation of the UKDPBC.
- A full update on and discussion of next steps in relation to the UKDPBC will take place at the next RLUK-CSN meeting (tbc, likely end of March or April).
- Further engagement with SCONUL libraries will be discussed with Ann Rossiter.
- Regular updates will be provided to the British Library.
RLUK CSN Print Storage Group
13 February 2023