Below is the Partnership’s winter PAN Forum update, which highlights work of the Partnership over the past six months. Thanks to all of you who have volunteered your time and expertise to make this work possible.
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: http://sharedprint.org.
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 https://rosemontsharedprintalliance.org 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.
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.
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.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.du.edu/collaborativelibrarianship/vol12/iss2/5
Susan Stearns , Matthew Revitt and Kirsten Leonard have authored an article about the Partnership which was published in the Journal of Library Administration on September 1, 2020.
The Rosemont Shared Print Alliance and the Partnership for Shared Book Collections are pleased to announce the release of a new, two-minute video highlighting the importance of shared print collections in libraries. Especially in the present moment. Please see the attached press release for full details. You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/Ie8qm_idkDU.
Officially launched in January of 2020, the Partnership for Shared Book Collections is a federation of monograph shared print programs with a mission of coordinating collaboration among shared print monograph initiatives. As part of the Partnership, the Best Practices Working Group has collaborated on the development of several best practices for shared print programs. This webinar, recorded June 3, 2020, provided an introduction to the Partnership and discussed the best practices already available. (slides)
Heather Weltin is the Shared Print Program Officer at HathiTrust, a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items. The HathiTrust Shared Print Program has retained around 18.4 million monograph volumes making it one of the largest shared print monograph programs. Heather is co-chair of the Partnership’s Best Practices Working Group and a member of the Steering Committee.
Tina Baich is the Senior Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication & Content Strategies at IUPUI University Library. Her portfolio includes the Center for Digital Scholarship, Resource Acquisition & Description, Resource Sharing & Delivery Services, and the Ruth Lilly Special Collections & Archives. She previously served as the Project Coordinator of the ALI-PALNI Shared Print Program and currently serves as the co-chair of the Partnership’s Best Practices Working Group and as a member of the Steering Committee.
The University of California Libraries’ Shared Print Program Joins the Partnership for Shared Book Collections. See their Press Release dated May 1st, 2020.
The Partnership is seeking a part time Program Coordinator. See the position description in the pdf below.
NOTE: Application deadline of July 1, 2020.
The Partnership for Shared Book Collections formally launched at the Print Archive Network (PAN) Forum at ALA mid winter in Philadelphia. Read more about the Partnership in the January 2020 PAN report: