A Collective Collection refers to the shared resources of multiple libraries, archives, and museums. Collective Collections can be leveraged to benefit all institutional stakeholders, including researchers, scholars, students, and patrons.
OCLC Research’s Collective Collection work provides evidence and insight to support decision-making into how cultural heritage institutions organize shared collections and services. Through this work, OCLC Research is helping to create a more connected, collaborative landscape for libraries, archives, and museums, with the goal of making collections more accessible, impactful, and cost-efficient.
Highlighted Collective Collection Projects, Publications, and Presentations
By Brian Lavoie, Dennis Massie, Chela Scott Weber
This report explores collaboration opportunities between art, academic, and independent research libraries by analyzing WorldCat bibliographic and holdings data and WorldShare interlibrary loan transaction data.
By Dennis Massie, Chela Scott Weber, Mercy Procaccini, Brian Lavoie
This report shares recommendations for building successful collaborations and identifies typical challenges library partnerships navigate based on case study research of current art library collaborations.
Interlibrary Loan Cost Calculator
The Interlibrary Loan Cost Calculator allows library administrators and practitioners to:
- Learn average ILL lending and borrowing costs across the ILL system
- Learn their own interlending unit costs
- Track changes over time multiple years
- Compare their own costs with averages of anonymized peer institutions
- Simulate the cost impact of automating a particular process
- Estimate their own costs for data categories they were unable to report
Operationalizing the BIG Collective Collection: A Case Study of Consolidation vs Autonomy
20 August 2019
by Lorcan Dempsey, Constance Malpas, Mark Sandler
The proposed framework recommends strategies for advancing the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s (BTAA) collective collections toward a more purposeful coordination of their print collections. It defines four traits of a purposeful collective collection that can also apply broadly to other consortium settings.