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Wednesday, November 7 • 5:45pm - 6:45pm
19 User Engagement with Area Studies Collections in the ReCAP Shared Collection

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In September 2017 the ReCAP Consortium, whose members are Columbia University Libraries, Princeton University Libraries and The New York Public Library, launched the Shared Collection, successfully transitioning from joint management of an offsite storage facility to joint stewardship of a shared collection. The Shared Collection allows for greater collaborative collecting and contributes new technology and policy models for the national network of shared print repositories. More immediately, it has also made millions of additional items available for next-day delivery to patrons of each partner institution -- more than seven million additional items each. These collections are also available for same-day electronic document delivery service to affiliated patrons at all institutions, including the 2 million cardholders of the New York Public Library.

Previous talks given on the project have focused on the policy, operational and access aspects of the partnership’s transition. This presentation will focus instead on the implications of the Shared Collection for the libraries’ researchers, introducing perspectives and practices around changing service models in the era of shared print. Because foreign language scholarly monographs and serials are typically low-use materials, they make up a substantial portion of the collective holdings at the ReCAP facility and are therefore a convenient case study. The analysis will focus on usage of the shared area studies holdings, drilling down into detailed usage data at each of the institutions and shedding light on researcher behavior in a seamless shared print environment.

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Melissa Gasparotto

Assistant Director, Research Services, The New York Public Library Research Libraries

Wednesday November 7, 2018 5:45pm - 6:45pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel