Posted on 12 April 2018
WRL is a collaboration between the Library Services of the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield. It has a history of leading innovation and development across the information sector. WRL have been recognised for its collaboration, innovation and leadership in the sector.
Starting in 2004, WRL's first collaborative project was the shared online research repository White Rose Research Online (WRRO) and it remains the only collaborative higher education repository service in the sector.
In 2016, in response to academic feedback, WRL launched White Rose University Press (WRUP), the only collaborative open access University Press in the UK. Supporting the open access agenda across White Rose institutions, it brings high-quality scholarship to a global audience without paywall barriers. In the 2016-17 academic year two WRUP journals published their first content and by the end of 2017 the first 15 articles had been viewed over 2,200 times and downloaded 656 times by a global audience. WRUP now has four journals with live content and their first book Star Carr, a two-volume work on the important Mesolithic site in North Yorkshire, is going to be published this month.
In 2016-17, WRL took a sector-leading approach to analysing the three institutions' library collections by being the first to use the US GreenGlass collection analysis tool collaboratively in the UK. WRL findings and recommendations contributed to national discussion, particularly around the quality of UK library data informing the implementation of the JISC-led National Bibliographic Knowledgebase.
This is the first time that the White Rose Libraries collaboration has been shortlisted and we are proud to be part of this achievement.
The winners of the THELMA awards will be announced on Thursday 21 June.