Maine Shared Collections Strategy: Origins, Vision, Goals


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Slides from MSCS Project PI Dr. Clem Guthro's presentation at the ALCTS ALA Pre-conference event on June 27th, 2013 in Chicago.

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  • Two large publicsFive medium150 less thatn 20K
  • Maine ranks 39th in terms of size, 41st in terms of population
  • Maine InfoNet is a collaborative of academic, public, school, and special libraries that provides leadership in resource sharing, promotes cost effective solutions for quality library information services, and supports the cultural, educational, and economic development of Maine. MaineCat Statewide Catalog combines and links more than 100 library collections contained in 10 large online library systems.  A single search scans more than 3,400,000 unique titles and nearly 7.6 million itemsMaineCat Statewide Catalog combines and links more than 100 library collections contained in 10 large online library systems.  A single search scans more than 3,400,000 unique titles and nearly 7.6 million items
  • Dean Corner – Director of Reader and Information Services
  • 1.5 Collection Holders: Collection Holders are those members who agree to retain materials as part ofthe MSCC.1.6 Collection Builders: Collection Builders are those Collection Holders who agree to ingest andvalidate retained materials.1.7 Supporting Members: Supporting members will pay membership fees in exchange for ensuredaccess to retained materials.
  • The reason for the grant was for the people
  • Maine Shared Collections Strategy: Origins, Vision, Goals

    1. 1. Dr. Clem Guthro, Director of the Colby College Libraries MSCS Project Co-PI Maine Shared Collections Strategy: Origins, Vision, Goals
    2. 2.  Academic Libraries  University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, and 5 small campuses  Colby, Bates and Bowdoin  University of New England  7 Community Colleges  Small private colleges (Unity, Thomas, St. Josephs, College of the Atlantic, Maine Maritime Academy, Maine College of Art, Husson, Beal, Kaplan) The Library Context in Maine
    3. 3.  Public Libraries  265 public libraries  2 flagship publics –Bangor and Portland  150 with collections smaller than 20,000 vols  Maine State Library  Maine Law and Legislative Reference Library  Special Libraries  23 hospital libraries  2 Independent Labs (Jackson and Bigelow) The Library Context in Maine
    4. 4.  Maine InfoNet  MaineCat – Statewide catalog  Marvel – Statewide databases  Larger Libraries  9 largest libraries in Maine  Directors meet twice a year  Annual staff development day  CBB (Colby, Bates, Bowdoin)  Cooperative collection development  Common loan periods & 6 day a week delivery  State-wide delivery -1.25 million items/year The Library Context in Maine
    5. 5.  Started with a hallway conversation at MLA in 2008  With everyone’s budget being impacted we must work together  Larger Libraries Group meeting – November 5,2009  IMLS Grant deadline February 1, 2010  Proposal wrangled and written by Clem Guthro & Marilyn Lutz  Only 1 in person meeting of potential partners  I was on sabbatical The Genius of a Hallway Conversation
    6. 6.  Larger Libraries Group- 9 largest collections  Long tradition of collaboration and trust (100 years)  Most libraries were running out of space and unlikely to get additional space  The collections of the Larger Libraries Group represent ¾ of the print collections in Maine  Wanted a shared approach to managing legacy print collections for the long term  Looking to be leaders in the print collection space IMLS Grant background
    7. 7. IMLS Grant & Project Partners  2 public universities, 3 private colleges, state library, 2 public libraries, 1 state-wide library consortium
    8. 8.  $821,000 three year grant to create a shared print collections strategy  Create a collection analysis system to analyze the collections and assist in decision making  Examine the presence of large scale digital collections (Hathi Trust and Internet Archive) as a determiner of what to keep in print  Integrate Print on Demand for large scale digital collections where local print copies are unavailable  Integrate Electronic on Demand for large scale digital collections IMLS Grant – The original
    9. 9.  Focus is monographs and journals (Government document are excluded)  The goal is to determine which volumes should be retained long term and by whom  Develop a method to make retention decisions at scale  Libraries may discard materials or not once retention decisions are made (downsizing is not the predominant focus)  Provide a framework for other libraries to participate once the initial grant period is complete  Expose our retention decisions to the world  Be part of the emerging national conversation Grant focus
    10. 10.  Build on the collaboration that is a norm in Maine  Help faculty and the public to think of our libraries as collaborative partners in building and preserving collections  We wanted the emphasis to be on print retention and not on weeding. Our message to our community is that we are preserving the print heritage in Maine.  We wanted to capitalize on the robust physical delivery system and tradition of sharing to help us Political Goals
    11. 11.  Wanted a sustainable business model  Wanted a formal Memorandum of Understanding to guide the ongoing work.  Wanted a governance and operational structure that was “light weight” but workable Governance and Business
    12. 12. Project Management  Project Team  Contracted Systems Librarian  Director’s Council  Collections Committee  Technical Services and Systems Committee  National Advisory Board 