Established in October 2004
Assignments from Council
Cooperative collection development continues to be a primary focus of development for the Alliance. Building on the work of the Collection Development & Management Committee (CDMC) and guided by the Alliances' historic collection development mission statement, activities in this area were expected to include:
- development of a shared monographic purchasing plan
- determination of a threshold for the maximum number of copies to be purchased by consortium libraries
- pilot project to centrally fund a shared ebook collection
- exploration of consortial acquisitions workflows
- designating subject selectors to build collections for the Alliance as a whole
- expansion of the Distributed Print Repository
- further adoption of the Alliance's YBP agreement
- Monographic vendor project, approved July 2006
- Complete the census of cooperative projects and preserve the data on a Web page.
- Continue work on the pilot project for a distributed print repository for JSTOR and ACS titles. This helps to lay the groundwork for the RLSC.
- Explore a cooperative selection environment for monographs via a group contract with a vendor to maximize discount for all Alliance members. Conduct a survey of member libraries to learn about current collecting patterns and budgets. Consider sponsoring a ‘vendor day’ for member libraries. Explore using consortial tools available from vendors at Alliance libraries to select monographs from a consortial perspective. (These ideas were raised by Julie Gammon of OhioLINK at the annual committee meeting in September.)
- Explore ways to use Summit better as a selection tool. Examine ILL requests for books not available within the Alliance with cooperative purchasing in mind. Study Summit catalog policies that may support cooperative collection development.
- Formulate a ‘last copy’ policy for books. This also helps to lay the groundwork for the RLSC.
- Explore possibilities for central funding for collection development. Possibilities include grants or contributions to a communal ‘war chest’ for joint purchases.
- Encourage further development of the Alliance subject interest groups with the aim of supporting cooperative collection development.
- Develop collection development policies governing a shared journal and reference set archive as envisioned for the Regional Library Services Center.
- Perform a census of current and past cooperative collection development projects that have been undertaken by Alliance members and provide a qualitative assessment of each project. Create a web site to capture and organize this information.
- Examine ILL requests for materials that are not in the shared collection and implement a mechanism for purchasing appropriate titles.
- Propose collection development and management projects for pursuit in 2006.
- The CDMC is asked to submit a report and recommendations to Council concerning these topics in December 2005
Council requests that CDMC gather ILL data on journal article requests for one month to determine
- number of journal articles requested from within or without the Alliance membership
- number of article requests that could have been filled from within the Alliance membership
- number of copies of those articles that could have been filled from within the Alliance membership
- the potential effectiveness of load balancing journal article requests