Shared Print Repositories

Space in libraries is an increasingly valuable commodity. To respond to this problem librarians are looking for cost-effective solutions to store and provide access to large, legacy print collections. Shared print repositories have emerged as one possible solution, even as other print preservation solutions continue to emerge within the library community.

During this e-forum, we hope to stimulate discussion on the many of the different issues surrounding print archiving with an emphasis on shared print repositories.

We hope to address as many of these Topics as we can during the e-forum:

  • What is a shared print repository?
  • What should you look for in a shared print archiving agreement?
  • How are libraries selecting material for shared print collections?
  • What workflows and logistics are useful for librarians involved in shared print projects?
  • What metadata is involved in shared print programs?
  • What access restrictions are available for shared print programs?
  • How is resource sharing addressed in shared print programs?
  • What does participation in a national shared print network look like?
  • What are some of the other models for print preservation?

Please join us for what we hope will be a lively discussion on this emerging trend.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.


Marie Waltz is Special Projects Librarian at the Center for Research Libraries. Marie is involved with both print and digital preservation projects for CRL. In the print realm, she manages CRL’s JSTOR Print Archive. She also manages CRL activities related to the Print Archive Network (PAN) a group who meets bi-annually at ALA to discuss print archive issues. Marie received her master's in library science from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Sherri Michaels is currently the Head of Collection Management at Indiana University, the first host site for the CIC Shared Print Repository. She also serves as the collection manager and liaison for the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department. Sherri received her master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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