As library print collections age, and the availability and use of digital articles and books increases, libraries are obliged to consider what items should remain on the shelves, what should be digitised and what should be removed from local collections and preserved elsewhere.
Physical space is at a premium within university libraries as students and researchers increasingly occupy collaborative social and working spaces, and the arguments for physical books and journals to remain on shelves becomes ever more difficult to justify.
The roadmap articulates a vision that – within five years – UK researchers and students will have unparalleled access to a distributed national research collection enabled by an open collaborative national infrastructure. It is much more than a vision however. It aims to be a doable, practical framework to bring about action, guide effort and solicit engagement both for individual universities and for the sector as a whole.
Seven Core Ideas of Roadmap
1. A monographs knowledgebase
2. An impact service
3. A shared monograph publishing platform
4. New monograph business models
5. A national digitisation strategy
6. A national license for monographs
7. A monographs ‘think tank’