Full speed ahead for UKRR as membership doubles

Added by Sarah on 12 January 2010 13:11

The UK Research Reserve (UKRR) has welcomed 14 new higher education institutions, taking its current membership to 29.  

The full list of UKRR members is available on its website. The UKRR offers a secure solution to storing and preserving low use print research journals, through an agreement with the British Library, who house the collection on the higher education sector?s behalf. Researchers can access the collection through the British Library?s document supply centre.

Deborah Shorley, Head, UKRR said, ?We are thrilled that so many institutions have decided to sign up for UKRR. We are now up to full strength and look forward to playing a key role in preserving the UK?s research information infrastructure?

Joanna Newman, Head of Higher Education, British Library said, “We are encouraged that 14 new institutions have joined the UK Research Reserve which positively demonstrates the importance and value of the service to UK higher education. The British Library is delighted to support UKRR along with our partners to ensure that together we safeguard research material for future access’

Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) said, ‘HEFCE welcomes the increased membership of this innovative initiative. The range of universities now committed to the UKRR demonstrates the understanding in the higher education sector of the advantages of this kind of collaboration for research resources with the British Library.’

The UKRR aims to protect research information infrastructure and to release 100km of shelf space in higher education libraries allowing them to reuse the space in response to changing institutional priorities.

The Research Information Network provides the secretariat for the Advisory Board for the UKRR and the project is supported with funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

For further information on UK Research Reserve contact the UKRR Manager, Frances Boyle at ukrr@ukrr.ac.uk or visit www.ukrr.ac.uk

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