Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Shared Collections: Collaborative Stewardship

Shared Collections: Collaborative Stewardship, Hale, Dawn, ed. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2016. 025.21 Share  ISBN9780838914038

Libraries and the organizations that provide services to them are devoting more attention to system-wide organization of collections—whether the "system" is a consortium, a region or a country.  As a strategy for saving space and money while expanding access to additional materials and resources, the value of shared collections is indubitable. This collected volume from the Association of Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) spotlights the histories and experiences of several collaborations at academic libraries. Contributors share winning strategies for intentional decision-making in developing and managing shared collections, both print and digital, with expert guidance such as:

·        analysis of six consortia case studies, ranging from giants like CIC and CARL to regional collaborations like the State of Maine and Manhattan research libraries
·        elements to address in a memo of understanding among participating institutions
·        risk assessment methodologies that enable institutions to focus local resources where they will provide the greatest return; and
·        costs to anticipate for budgeting, such as collection analysis, space, validation, transport, staff, and administration.