Collaborative Academic Store for Scotland (CASS) project

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 1 June 2002




(2002), "Collaborative Academic Store for Scotland (CASS) project", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 30 No. 2.



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Collaborative Academic Store for Scotland (CASS) project

Keywords: Scotland, Universities, Library materials, Research, Storage

The Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) received funding from the Carnegie Trust for the universities of Scotland to undertake a six-month study from November 2001 to determine the optimal model for a collaborative storage and delivery service for valuable but low-use research materials held in Scottish university libraries. CASS aims to address pertinent library issues in terms of reducing storage costs, re-allocation of space, enhancing access, preservation, and increasing co-operation between academic and, if feasible, public libraries and archives, to benefit the research community. Key deliverables will include the wide dissemination of project findings in the form of a final report and a detailed business plan for a collaborative facility.

CASS will enable the viability of a collaborative storage facility within Scotland to be identified. Information professionals and members of the research community will provide CASS with the majority of its findings. Additional study will focus on literature reviews and similar collaborative ventures in Europe, Australia and the USA.

Project documentation, resources, and general information will be disseminated via the CASS Web site at General enquiries can be directed to Sharron Brown at

Source: Sharron Brown, Andersonian Library, Glasgow

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