A Mega-regional Perspective on Print Books in Southern California Libraries


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Slides prepared as discussion document for meeting convened by Bob Kieft (Occidental College) and hosted by UCLA, focused on a regional print management strategy in Southern California. Attendees included library directors from academic libraries throughout Southern California.

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A Mega-regional Perspective on Print Books in Southern California Libraries

  1. 1. A mega-regional perspective on print books in Southern California libraries SoCalConstance MalpasOCLC Researchmalpasc@oclc.org Shared Print Collections Southern California Mega-Region Meeting The world’s libraries. Connected. 14 December 2012 - UCLA - Bob Kieft, convener
  2. 2. What we mean by ‘mega-region’• Geographic area defined by high level of economic integration underpinned by robust supporting infrastructure (transportation, logistics, etc.)• Anchored by one or more urban agglomerations• High concentration of educational and cultural organizations, a center of gravity for the ‘creative class’ The world’s libraries. Connected.
  3. 3. Mega-regions and print management • An empirically derived framework (Richard Florida, et al.) based on regional economic activity; mega-regions are a ‘natural unit’ for analysis • Helps situate print management within broader networks of economic exchange; builds on existing organizational infrastructure and institutional interests • Shared print management efforts being undertaken at variable (and overlapping) scale; we have no objective benchmarks for establishing appropriate scale of action • For monographic literature especially, we believe a model based on economic ‘flows’ is an appropriate choice The world’s libraries. Connected.
  4. 4. The world’s libraries. Connected. OCLC Research, 2012
  5. 5. Print books in Southern California libraries SoCal Regional print book collection • 9,771,974 discrete titles (manifestations) • 7,880,297 discrete works • 1.24 manifestations per work on average • 39,969,816 holdings in SoCal libraries • 4.09 holdings per title on average • Median age: 30 (i.e. published 1982)21% of titles (4% of holdings) in North American print book collection including more than 900K titles unique to SoCal The world’s libraries. Connected. OCLC Research, 2012
  6. 6. ‘Density’ of print book holdings in SoCal SoCal Majority of titles held by <5 libraries in region >99 in region 0% Holding Libraries in SoCal 25 to 99 in region 2% 10 to 24 in region 8% 5 to 9 in region 11% 78% <5 in region 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Percent of SoCal Print Books (holdings) The world’s libraries. Connected. OCLC Research, 2012
  7. 7. In sum: supply-side view of regional resource EVIDENCE OPINION • SoCal print book collection is the SoCal institutions will continue to rely sixth largest regional collection on access to, and preservation of in North America extra-regional book collections • SoCal library holdings provide Need to coordinate regional coverage for about 20% of print management plan with other North book titles in North America American partners The world’s libraries. Connected.
  8. 8. Intra-regional stewardship: institutional infrastructure SoCal 774 holding library symbols in WorldCat Type Percent of SoCal population School libraries 48% Non-ARL academic libraries 19% ( * ) Special libraries Public libraries 16% 10% Other 5% * ARL libraries 2% * Institutions with stewardship mandate and preservation capacity The world’s libraries. Connected. OCLC Research, 2012
  9. 9. Demand-side dynamics: inter-lending traffic SoCal CY2010 Returnable Borrowing & Lending Activity (WCRS) Percent of Returnable Requests Filled by Mega-region Lending Location Outsid e Unkn North own Ameri locati can on Denv Phoe Tor- mega- (no Dal- er- Hou- nix- Buff- region zip Bos- Casca Char- Chi- Austi Bould Orlea NorC Tucso So- chestRequesting Location s data) Wash dia lanta Pitts n er ns al n SoCal Flo erNorCal 18% 0% 9% 3% 2% 8% 2% 2% 1% 31% 1% 21% 1% 2%SoCal 16% 1% 7% 3% 2% 7% 2% 2% 1% 17% 2% 41% 1% 1% 41% of SoCal demand is fulfilled within the mega-region The world’s libraries. Connected. OCLC Research, 2012
  10. 10. Regional stewardship: cooperative infrastructure Leveraging resource-sharing capacity on a regional scalehttps://maps.google.com/maps/ms?gl=us&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=116372932749076038893.00044700bc73cbe3a8198 The world’s libraries. Connected.
  11. 11. In sum: demand-side view of regional resource OPINION EVIDENCE By more effectively surfacing • SoCal print book resource is a distinctive regional resources in vital part of regional information discovery systems, SoCal can economy increase support for regional • SoCal resource delivers value stewardship; preservation of beyond the immediate region ‘redundant’ resources should be informed by aggregate demand The world’s libraries. Connected.
  12. 12. Distribution of SoCal Print Books by Holding Library Type SoCal Academic Public Other 25,876,932 65%Majority of titles held byacademic libraries 11,600,841 29% 2,492,043 6%N = 40M holdings The world’s libraries. Connected. OCLC Research, 2012
  13. 13. Distribution of SoCal Print Books in Academic Libraries SoCal … mostly non-ARL libraries 37% of SoCal holdings 27% of SoCal holdingsN = 26M holdings in SoCal academic libraries; 40M holdings in all SoCal libraries The world’s libraries. Connected. OCLC Research, 2012
  14. 14. In sum: institutional stewardship EVIDENCE OPINION • 2/3rds of SoCal print book As mid-tier HEI seek to adapt to collection is held by academic competitive e-learning environment, libraries local investment in print management • Most of these held by non-ARL is likely to decline; external institutions with limited cooperative or commercial preservation capacity or strategies will be increasingly mandate attractive to academic administrators The world’s libraries. Connected.
  15. 15. Intra-regional stewardship: in the room today* SoCal 1,796,497 + 7,329,672 + 969,884 + 715,426 = 10.8M print book holdings 27% of SoCal regional resource The world’s libraries. Connected. *excludes UoP and HNU, which fall outside SoCal zone
  16. 16. Extra-regional preservation capacity for SoCal print booksPercent of titles (manifestations) duplicated in other North American mega-regions 46% 62% 75% 63% 82% 33% 58% 32% 45% SoCal 40%9.8M titles 39% The world’s libraries. Connected. OCLC Research, 2012
  17. 17. Digital preservation (HathiTrust) status of SoCal print books SoCalRange for other mega-regions: 19%-33% 25% N = 9.8M titles (manifestations) The world’s libraries. Connected. OCLC Research, 2012
  18. 18. In sum: regional stewardship EVIDENCE OPINION • A preservation compact among Given growing stewardship a small number of institutions expectations for ARL institutions, would secure a significant part of investment in print preservation the regional resource should be reassessed in view of growing digital preservation • If comprehensive coverage is infrastructure; regional efforts should desired, extra-regional acknowledge inter-regional agreements may be needed dependencies The world’s libraries. Connected.
  19. 19. In conclusion• SoCal print book collection is a vital regional resource• It delivers value within the SoCal region• It complements and enriches other regional collections• Pressures on academic libraries will continue to destabilize current preservation ecosystem• Strategic planning on a (mega-) regional scale is a reasonable place to start; it builds on existing infrastructure and networks of supply and demand The world’s libraries. Connected.