Read new research from OCLC on using data to identify library collaboration opportunities

Sustaining Art Research Collections: Using Data to Explore Collaboration is a new report from OCLC Research that explores collaboration opportunities between art, academic, and independent research libraries. This report models how quantitative analysis of library collection and resource sharing data could be used as evidence to support decision-making about partnership opportunities. The findings are intended to help support art libraries and their leaders in the ongoing stewardship and availability of art research resources.

As art and independent research libraries face challenges from an evolving environment, repercussions from the COVID-19 pandemic, and static or diminishing resources, finding sustainable pathways forward becomes an increasing priority. Collaboration is an important option for art research collections in achieving long-term sustainability.  

The findings of this research underscore how collective collections and a diverse library resource sharing network create a richer ecosystem to support users, and models analytic efforts that can be used for decision making by a broad range of libraries.  

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Sustaining Art Research Collections: Using Data To Explore Collaboration

This report is an outcome from the Operationalizing the Art Research Collective Collection project, which is supported through a grant by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation with significant co-investment from OCLC. OCLC Research reports are a community resource to advance library thinking and promote discussion. They are freely available to all to read, download, and share.