White Rose Libraries is a partnership between the libraries of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. Our mission is to support collaborative activity between the partner libraries; to oversee the operation and development of existing shared services; to identify and evaluate opportunities for new shared services; and to support innovation and service development.
July 2018: the White Rose Libraries team has been declared Outstanding Library Team in the Times Higher Education Leadership & Management (THELMA) Awards.
The WRL team were up against tough competition from London School of Economics and Political Science, Newcastle University, Royal Holloway (University of London), Solent University, Swansea University, UCL and University of the West of England, so we’re very proud to have been recognised for our collaboration, innovation and leadership. The judges particularly noted that they were impressed by the commitment to a joint repository and the White Rose University Press.
Starting in 2004, WRL’s first collaborative project was the shared online research repository White Rose Research Online (WRRO) which remains the only collaborative higher education repository service.
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, was published in June 2018.
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 was shortlisted for these awards, so to win is a great achievement and all three libraries are proud to be part of this.
You’ll find the full list of THELMA winners on their website: 2018 THELMA winners