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Brian Lavoie and Constance Malpas of the OCLC Research will give a presentation on their activities on Print Management at Mega Scale and the theme of the library as a systemwide resource. They will provide some context with a general description of the System-wide Organization research portfolio, then move into discussion of the “Print Management at ‘Mega-Scale’” report, focusing in particular on what they are calling the “extra-regional” print collection (i.e., library collections that fall outside the 12 major North American mega-regions). A fair number of NITLE Network members are located in that extra-regional zone; this seminar provides a useful opportunity to engage in a dialogue about how and where small research-oriented institutions fit in the library (and higher-education) system as a whole. We will also discuss what part of the North American print book collection is held by NITLE Network members and continue considering what these will mean for the future of the liberal arts college library and NITLE Shared LibrariesTM.
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