Vision, Mission & Guiding Principles

At the December 2018 Summit, participants agreed to the following vision, mission, and guiding principles for the newly forming Partnership:


Ensure the long-term preservation of, access to, and integrity of monographic print resources.


Coordinate collaboration among shared print monograph initiatives and collections in North America to support cost-effective retention and access to shared print monograph collections.

Guiding Principles

As the Steering Committee and both the Services & Business Model Working Group and the Membership & Governance Working Group further their work in 2019, we expect them to be guided by the belief that a successful organizational structure will be designed to:

Support and augment shared print programs to advance collaboration and coordination of collective collections including those not currently covered by shared print agreements.

Implement and maintain needed infrastructure, operating practices, and business model(s) to support coordination, prioritization, and focus of the collaborative efforts.

Provide a transparent, inclusive, lightweight, and sustainable mechanism to accomplish the goals of shared print collaboration.

Define characteristics of and processes for membership, representation, and participation.

Operate cost-effectively and produce value for the associated organizations and libraries.

Leverage collective will to represent participants to external communities (as appropriate).

Adapt over time to changing priorities, needs, and participation levels.