Collective Collection

Libraries are embedded in an increasingly complex network of information supply and demand. Our goal is to provide evidence and insight to libraries as they organize collections and services within this changing network environment.

Our research agenda aims to improve our understanding of the factors that guide institutions in their sourcing and scaling choices as they seek maximum impact and efficient provision of library collections and services. Our work explores three related areas:

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  • 2019 (4)

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    The US and Canadian Collective Print Book Collection: A 2019 Snapshot

    26 September 2019

    Brian Lavoie

    In this position paper, Lavoie traces the contours of the US and Canadian collective print book collection—the collective print book holdings of all libraries in the US and Canada whose collections are registered in WorldCat. The paper examines the US/Canadian collective print book collection for insight and trends and includes a new rendering of the mega-regional map of US/Canadian Collective Print Book Collections.

    Operationalizing the BIG Collective Collection: A Case Study of Consolidation vs Autonomy

    20 August 2019

    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.

    Maple Leaves: Discovering Canada through the Published Record

    21 May 2019

    Brian Lavoie

    OCLC Research identified 10.9 million Canadian publications using WorldCat and mapped this information with Wikidata to trace shifting cultural patterns over time. This report analyzes distinctive features of Canadian publications to examine the Canadian influence on the collective public record.

    What Collaboration Means to Me: Library collaboration is hard; effective collaboration is harder

    19 March 2019

    Lorcan Dempsey

    Dempsey argues that library collaboration is important—especially in a network environment, where scale is key for efficiency and impact—and must be a strategic focus for libraries and partners. Library collaboration is hard; this paper analyzes why and offers suggestions for improvement.