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Thursday, November 8 • 3:40pm - 4:20pm
Shared Print, Shared Collections: Implications for Collection Development, Preservation, and Access

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Libraries have long participated in programs to collect and share resources in mutually beneficial ways. The combination of local, cooperative, and collaborative collection development policies, combined with a well-established Inter Library Loan network, provides users access to widely held and scarcely held materials alike. As libraries increasingly participate in formal shared print programs, questions about collection development, resource sharing, metadata, discovery, preservation, national and local management and coordination, and vendor services are presenting new challenges and opportunities. We will discuss the impact that programs, such as the HathiTrust monograph shared print program and the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance, have on purchasing, licensing, and withdrawal decisions; effect on ILL (many shared programs require priority lending); metadata requirements for signaling participation in a program and metadata expectations for bibliographic description and holdings; the role of offsite storage; regional or national access implications of distributing holdings geographically; the emerging idea of “last copy” agreements for a particular title; and the role of vendors who are developing decision support tools to enable some of the aforementioned work. We will draw on Emory Libraries’ experience with shared print programs and how we have approached the challenges in the changing preservation and resource sharing environment. In particular, we will highlight implications for our collection development and tech services operations, as well as on the development of a shared local collection with Georgia Tech. Emory’s need to take into account shared print programs is not unique and we will encourage audience members to share their experiences.


Lars Meyer

Director, Access & Resource Services, Emory University

Christopher Palazzolo

Head of Collections, Emory University, Emory University, Woodruff Library