New OCLC Report Recommends “Regional Consolidation of Services”


March 27th, 2010
New Report, “Research Libraries, Risk and Systemic Change”

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 25 March 2010— “This report provides an overview of the most significant risks facing research libraries and suggests strategies to mitigate them.  OCLC Research engaged an organization experienced in conducting risk assessments for corporate, governmental and educational clients to identify the most significant risks facing research libraries in the United States. The data collected was assimilated, ranked and analyzed, which revealed a convergence of perceived risks and yielded a shared perspective on a landscape of challenges facing US research libraries.”

The “Strategies for Mitigation” includes the following:

“We believe that increased reliance on shared infrastructure along with increased outsourcing and regional consolidation of services will enable more rapid deployment of the services that research library users want and need moving the following risks into a more acceptable range of impact and occurrence.”

Read the Report


One response to “New OCLC Report Recommends “Regional Consolidation of Services”

  1. There is also a new UK Guide out on risks to higher education.

    “Challenges for academic libraries in difficult economic times”

    “They want to develop deeper co-operation with libraries across the sector. Such
    cooperation is probably the only way to achieve significant cost savings while at the same
    time sustaining momentum in developing new services to meet the needs of their users.”