Shared Collections: Collaborative Stewardship

Shared Collections: Collaborative StewardshipNow the #3 Bestseller on the American Libraries Bestsellers List (American Libraries, June 2016)

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.
 
With practical advice on issues such as governance and business models, demand driven acquisition, rare works, and access, this monograph is a valuable resource for academic library directors, administrators, and collection development leaders.

Edited by Dawn Hale, Head of Technical Services at the Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, for ALCTS Publishing

224 pages
6" x 9"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1403-8 
item no.: 978-0-8389-1403-8
softcover $71, ALA members: $63.50
Year Published: 2016 

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Contributors share winning strategies for intentional decision-making in developing and managing shared collections, both print and digital, with expert guidance. Enhanced with the inclusion of a six page listing of the contributors and their credentials, and a seventeen page index, Shared Collections: Collaborative Stewardship is very highly recommended for the Library Science instructional reference collections of community, corporate, private, governmental, and academic library systems. Midwest Book Review, The Library Science Shelf, May 2016

Readers can easily draw from the experiences outlined and explore the tools and vendors mentioned as they assess which direction to take for their own projects. As such, the whole book brings different voices and experiences to the conversation of shared collection building. Shared Collections is a must-read for all collection development librarians in academic libraries.—Betsaida M. Reyes, Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), April 2017, Vol. 61, No. 2

The book explores multi-institutional efforts to pool resources (collections, financial, and human) and to create or leverage technologies to address some aspect of cooperative collection management. Case studies in shared retrospective, or legacy, print collections demonstrate an increased scale and speed of collective decision-making, while cases in cooperative collection development (prospective acquisitions) and shared digital asset management suggest refreshed momentum in those arenas of collaboration as well.—Emily Stambaugh, Technical Services Quarterly, 34(2)

ALCTS titles are available though the ALA Editions Approval Plan, Category: TS