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The Shared Content & Technical Services (SCTS) Team provides broad oversight and leadership in the sharing of library-selected content, and support of acquisitions and metadata operations across the Alliance. As experts for the consortium, the team continually assesses, manages, and develops initiatives that broaden access by providing cost-effective sharing, licensing, and description of such content.

The SCTS Team supports the Shared Content Program (licensed resources) and the Alma Network Zone (NZ).

The Shared Content Team continues, unites, and extends the work of two previous Alliance committees: Collection Development and Management Committee and the Electronic Resources Committee.

Shared Content Team: 2015 -

SCT Goals, 2015-2016

E-Book Working Group: 2015-

Collection Development and Management Committee: 2005-2014 (history and reports)

E-Book Working Group: 2011-2014

Electronic Resources Committee: 2004-2008

Fiscal Year 2017 Goals (Detailed version) Approved by the Board, April 2016

Goal 1: Review and revise the Alliance's Last Copy and Threshold Guidelines

June 2017: Recommend approval of Last Copy and Threshold policies

Goal 2: Develop roadmap for Alliance-wide collection analysis

  • Continue working with and supporting the COE "Consortial Analytics" initiative to address data collection goals
  • Recommend additional methods of analyzing critically important collections data

May 2017: Recommend analytics data structure changes

Goal 3: Pilot and evaluate alternative acquisitions strategies for long-term sustainability of the Alliance shared e-book program

July 2016: Launch pilot

February 2017: Provide budget request for the Alliance e-book project, including any suggested changes

June 2017: Conclude pilot

Goal 4: Investigate and develop efficient processes for managing e-resources in Alma in consultation with Alliance staff in support of the COE's "Collection Development and Joint Acquisitions" initiative

September 2017: Deliver proposal

Goal 5: Improve sharing of individually acquired print and electronic resources

  • Advocate for loan rules that make sharing easier
  • Investigate viability of Occam's Reader for ILL of e-books

September 2016: Form joint working group

May 2017: Proposal delivered

2017 Activity: