The White Rose Libraries roadmap 2015 – 2017 identifies five key strategic themes for the partnership:
1. Enhancing repository services
The White Rose Repositories (Research Online and Etheses Online) are at the heart of the partnership, and represent its most longstanding collaboration, running successfully for over 10 years. The repositories contain over 21,000 full text items from all three institutions, and Research Online is one of the top ten most-accessed repositories in the UK. The repositories remain a key infrastructure element in the developing efforts by all three institutions to showcase their research. They are fundamental to delivering institutional compliance with HEFCE open access requirements, as well as underpinning the switch from paper to electronic theses. This means that continuing to develop the repositories remains fundamental to the White Rose partnership.
2. Building a digital press
Rapid changes in the scholarly communications landscape present exciting new opportunities for universities to develop new routes for publishing of academic materials. The White Rose Libraries are well placed to collaborate on the development of a new, jointly-managed institutional press, producing open access digital outputs – positioning the universities in the vanguard of the open access movement, providing alternatives to traditional commercial publishers, and supporting innovations in publishing forms.
3. New opportunities for staff development
The White Rose collaboration can work at a large enough scale to make joint training programmes for library staff cost-effective – allowing the libraries to offer more than they could individually, and opening the door to innovative development opportunities, including cross-institutional peer-learning and mentoring.
4. Sharing knowledge, changing perspectives
By facilitating a range of knowledge-exchange events and groups we aim to foster contact and coordination between staff, and embed collaborative approaches into staff activities. We can offer library staff from across the three institutions the chance to experience different perspectives on common issues, share information with colleagues, and learn from the successes and failures of partner libraries. We intend this sharing of knowledge and experience to act as the engine for further collaboration, helping to open up new opportunities for service innovation and development.
5. Pooling resources, powering innovation
By pooling resources and expertise the White Rose partnership has the capacity to deliver more effective services than libraries acting individually, and to exploit areas where value can only be gained through collaboration. We intend to leverage the partnership to create a range of new services.