May 18, 2022

Print Collections: OCLC Acquires Sustainable Collection Services

“Data-Driven Deselection”
–SCS Slogan

From OCLC:

OCLC has acquired Sustainable Collection Services (SCS).

2015-01-13_12-45-19SCS is the leader in analyzing print collection data to help libraries manage and share their materials. SCS services leverage WorldCat data and analytics to show individual libraries and library consortia which titles should be kept locally, which can be discarded, and which are the best candidates for shared collections.

“OCLC and SCS have worked as strategic partners to help libraries manage print materials since 2011,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. “By bringing together the innovative services of SCS, the power of WorldCat and the thought leadership of OCLC Research, we can move quickly to build services to address this critical need for libraries.”

“Our partnership with OCLC has been vital to SCS since our first day of operation,” said Rick Lugg, Executive Director, SCS. “We rely on WorldCat to provide libraries the holdings data that is critical to intelligent collection management decisions. As part of OCLC, we will expand and extend our analytics capabilities, develop new products, and serve more libraries than we could ever reach on our own.”

Read the Complete Acquisition Announcement

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