Analyzing Collections Using Gold Rush

The Partnership for Book Collections and Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust are hosting a webinar on “Analyzing Collections using Gold Rush”. The webinar will be held on Wednesday October 6, 9:00-10:30 AM PT / 10:00-11:30 AM MT / 11:00 AM-12:30 PM CT / 12:00-1:30 PM ET.

The webinar will feature presenters from the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust, Keep@Downsview, and Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation highlighting the different ways their programs have utilized the Gold Rush Comparison tool in collection analysis projects. George Machovec, Executive Director of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, which developed the Gold Rush tool, will also provide an overview of the tool’s functionality.

Please register here for the webinar: Registration Link

Annual Member Meeting – 2021

The first annual member meeting of the Partnership took place on June 8th, 2021. Below are the slides and recording, along with the agenda and speaker information.

Presenter Slides: Partnership for Shared Book Collections | Chicago Collections Consortium | Library of Congress | VIVA | Archives for Black Lives

Partnership for Shared Book Collections Annual Member Meeting

Date/Time: June 8, 2021 (2.5 hrs)
10 a.m. PDT / 11 a.m. MDT / 12 p.m. CDT  / 1 p.m. EDT 

Description: Join us for an update on current and future work of the Partnership for Shared Book Collections. Topics include updates from working groups and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion panel.

-Welcome and General Update from Partnership 
-Working group updates – Best Practices  / Communications and Advocacy / Infrastructure  / Research and Network Level 
-10 minute break (at approximately 11 a.m. PDT / 12 p.m. MDT / 1 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. EDT)
-DEI Panel followed by Q&A:

Alexis Antracoli

Christopher Lowder

Jeanne Long

Michael Matos

  • Alexis Antracoli Deputy AUL for Special Collections Princeton
    Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia (A4BLiP) Anti-Racist Description Resources
  • Christopher Lowder Online Learning Assistant at George Mason University, VIVA
    Applying EDI Values to Collection Assessment
  • Jeanne Long Executive  Director of Chicago Collections
    Collaborating, Preserving, Sharing
  • Michael Matos – Senior Collections Development Analyst, Library of Congress and
    Stephanie Smith – Senior Collections Development Analyst, Library of Congress 
    Assessing the General Collections of the Library of Congress

More information about our speakers:

Alexis Antracoli, Princeton, co-author of Anti-Racist Descriptive Resources
Alexis Antracoli is Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections, Technical Services. She leads the Archival Description and Processing team and supervises the Curatorial Services team. She also acquires manuscripts in American history to 1877.  Previously she worked at Drexel University Libraries and the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library.  She has published on web archiving, inclusive description, and the archiving of born-digital audio visual content. Alexis is active in the Society of American Archivists, where she serves on the Education Committee and is Chair of the Acquisitions and Appraisal Section; she also teaches the Archives and Manuscripts course at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. She is especially interested in applying user experience research and user-center design to archival discovery systems, developing and applying inclusive description practices, and web archiving. She holds an M.S.I. in Archives and Records Management from the    University of  Michigan, a Ph.D. in American History from Brandeis University, and a B.A. in History from Boston College.

Christopher Lowder, Online Learning Assistant at George Mason University, VIVA
Chris Lowder  is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a diversity and inclusion specialization from the University of Maryland. His research interests include information accessibility, online learning, and inclusive teaching in library instruction. 

Jeanne Long, Exec Director of Chicago Collections
Jeanne Long ( is the Executive Director of Chicago CollectionsConsortium (CCC). Prior to joining CCC in 2017, Long had an extensive 31-year career at the Art Institute and the School of the Art Institute (SAIC). While at SAIC, Long was appointed in 2010 Director of Community Partnerships where she oversaw strategic programming that highlighted the work of students and alumni.

Michael Matos, Library of Congress
Michael Matos is a Senior Collections Development Analyst at the U.S. Library of Congress. In this role, Mr. Matos handles a variety of projects in collection development, policy, and assessment related to the Library’s permanent collections.  During his tenure at LC, Mr. Matos has completed several internal assessment projects, including analyzing the Library’s web archiving effort, reviewing the collecting of U.S. dissertations, and analyzing U.S. serials not held by the Library for potential acquisition.  Before joining LC, he held various library positions at American University, Georgetown University, and Florida State University.  He earned a BA at the University of Maryland, MSLS at Florida State University, and MA in Art History at Florida State University.

Stephanie Smith, Library of Congress
Stephanie Smith is a Collections Development Analyst at the U.S. Library of Congress, where she works on collection development-related policies, documentation, and assessment. At LC, her previous assessment work includes assessment of targeted segments of the Library’s collections and analysis of external library and publishing industry activity, including a review of collection policies and practices related to open digital content. She previously worked in collection development positions at George Mason University. She has a BS from Indiana Wesleyan University and an MSI from the University of Michigan.

Working with Shared Print in OCLC – February 2021

The Partnership and the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance sponsored two webinars on working with Shared Print in OCLC. The session recordings and slides are listed below.

Registering Shared Print Commitments in OCLC
Held Wednesday Friday February 17th, 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m Eastern 
Learn from your colleagues ideas for self-registering shared print retention commitments, including monographs, multipart monographs, and serials, using OCLC’s new shared print registration service.
Slides: CSV Method | MARC Method

Working with Shared Print Commitments in OCLC
Held Friday February 19, 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m.Eastern 
Join us for a walk-through of working with your registered Shared Print commitments in OCLC services, including maintenance and discovery.
Slides: All Slides

Shared Print Collaboration Expands in North America

Partnership for Shared Book Collections
Rosemont Shared Print Alliance


Kirsten Leonard –
Susan Stearns – 
John Burger – 

Indianapolis, IN, January 14, 2021  – The Partnership for Shared Book Collections (The Partnership), a federation of monograph shared print programs, and the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance (Rosemont Alliance), a collaboration of regional programs focused on preserving print serials and journals, are pleased to announce the growth and expansion of collaboration in shared print in North America.  The Center for Research Libraries (CRL), where students, faculty, and researchers at over 200 member institutions benefit from a wealth of scholarly resources in CRL collections, has joined both The Partnership and the Rosemont Alliance. In addition, Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium, VIVA, has joined The Partnership, bringing 71 institutions of higher education to advance the vision of ensuring access and preservation to the book content of North America. To provide project management heft to 

The Partnership, the organization also announced the selection of Sara Amato to be the organization’s first Program Coordinator. 

In commenting on the decision to join The Partnership and the Rosemont Alliance, Greg Eow, President of the Center for Research Libraries, indicated: “One of the most important and challenging issues facing the academy today is how to responsibly steward print collections now and in the future. Our three organizations believe in the power of community to address shared challenges and leverage shared opportunities; our partnership is a natural and exciting alliance that will benefit the entire research enterprise.”  

Judy Russell, Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida and outgoing Chair of the Rosemont Alliance Executive Committee, added “Since its initial founding, the Rosemont Alliance has focused on collective action in responsibly stewarding serials and journals in libraries across the United States.  A number of the Rosemont Alliance member programs have worked with CRL on collection analysis initiatives in the past and we look forward to further collaboration with CRL.  They are an important partner in improving our ability to work at scale to preserve these valuable resources for the scholarly community.”

Anne Osterman, Director of VIVA, added: “To make a real impact with shared print, libraries need to think big and act together.  VIVA is excited to join The Partnership for Shared Books Collections and is deeply supportive of its work to enable a collaborative and comprehensive collection of print books that supports scholarship now and into the future.”

To further its ambitious agenda, the Executive Committee of The Partnership has hired Sara Amato as its inaugural Program Coordinator.  Sara is responsible for working with governing bodies and members to further the mission of ensuring lasting access to print scholarly resources for generations to come.  Daniel Dollar, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources at Yale University and a member of the search committee said: “Sara brings a wealth of experience in shared print to The Partnership based on her work with the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust and the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance.  Her project management and organizational skills combine with this experience to best ensure The Partnership continues to push forward our strategic goals and objectives.”

Says Kirsten Leonard, Chair of The Partnership Executive Committee and Executive Director of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI): “We are making strides in our organizational structure that will enable this group of shared print programs to address the large-scale challenges we face.” These challenges include managing costs, advocating for the retention and access of collections both physically and through controlled digital lending, and supporting the preservation of collections that reflect diverse populations. Leonard says, “One of the most critical objectives is to create a method of data analysis and process to identify at risk collections as institutions face increased financial pressures.” 

About the Partnership for Shared Book Collections

The Partnership for Shared Book Collections is a federation of monograph shared print programs in the U.S. and Canada whose mission is to ensure the long-term preservation of, access to, and integrity of monographic print resources. The Partnership supports both established and fledgling monograph shared print programs by coordinating collaboration for the protection of print books. Through the development of best practices, support of research on the risks to the loss of the print scholarly record, and advocacy for improving the infrastructure to support shared print, the Partnership identifies work that can be done collectively to advance mission-critical services while saving time and money locally. The Partnership invites established and nascent shared print programs to  join the federation and to use the resources available on the website:

About the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance

The Rosemont Shared Print Alliance is a collaboration of regional programs interested in coordinating their efforts on a larger scale to ensure the retention of and access to print journal backfiles. Rosemont was founded in 2015 by representatives of the Big 10 Academic Alliance, the FLorida Academic REpository (FLARE), ScholarsTrust, and the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST).  The Eastern Academic Libraries’ Scholars Trust (EAST) joined the Rosemont Alliance in 2017, and most recently CRL joined in early 2021. Working collaboratively, these programs are significantly growing the collection of serials and journals currently being retained and archived by libraries as well as developing shared policies and standards.  See for more information.

About the Center for Research Libraries

The Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries collectively building, stewarding, and sharing a wealth of resource materials from all world regions to support inspired research and teaching. CRL’s deep and diverse collections are shaped by specialists at major U.S. and Canadian research universities, who work together to identify and preserve collections and content, to ensure its long-term integrity and accessibility to researchers worldwide.

About VIVA 

VIVA is the consortium of nonprofit academic libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Members include all of the 39 state-assisted colleges and universities (six doctoral universities, nine 4-year institutions, and 24 community and two-year branch colleges), as well as 31 of the nonprofit independent institutions, and the Library of Virginia. VIVA’s mission is to provide, in an equitable, cooperative and cost-effective manner, enhanced access to library and information resources for Virginia’s nonprofit academic libraries serving the higher education community.

Shared Print on the Threshold: Looking Back and Forging the Future

Susan Stearns (Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust) and Alison Wohlers (California Digital Library, University of California) have authored and article tracing the history of Shared Print programs and introducing the formation of the Partnership for Shared Book Collections which was published in Collaborative Librarianship on October 21, 2020.

Citation: Stearns, Susan and Wohlers, Alison (2020) “Shared Print on the Threshold: Looking Back and Forging the Future,” Collaborative Librarianship: Vol. 12 : Iss. 2 , Article 5.
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