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Keynote from ASERL 2011 Meeting (Nashville, TN).

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  • An example of thinking big.Richard Florida -- Mega regions of economic integrationASERL ‘the largest regional consortium of research libraries’ actually encompasses two mega regions.Mega regions are on my mind for a couple of reasons. First, in the context of ‘cloud sourcing research collections’ , there is the question of where and how regional service hubs are likely to emerge. For academic and research libraries, in particular, there is some question of whether the existing consortium and group purchasing cooperatives are situated at the right ‘scale’ to provide shared service solutions. We can think of mega regions as a factor that may create or constrain cooperative partnerships.For example, we have the interesting example of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), which began as a cooperative print preservation effort among research libraries in CA, OR and AZ but now includes at least one institution in Illinois. That runs right up against another mega-region, which is served by different consortial organizations, notably the CIC – which encompasses institutions as far East as Penn State University.The CIC has a position of real prominence in the higher education community. It’s customary to joke that it represents the shared interests of the university football teams, but in fact I think the ‘mega regions’ framework suggests that it holds together for other reasons. Reasons that go far beyond academic peer groups, that are embedded in deeper social and economic relationships.
  • Mega regions instantiated in strategic plans for higher education, most recently in Jim Duderstadt’s report and recommendations on HE in the Midwest. [former president of the University of Michigan] Interestingly, he cites the CIC and HathiTrust as examples of core infrastructure that has enabled universities in the region to establish a world class reputation. This is a rare acknowledgment of the value of library cooperation in supporting the ‘business’ of education.There are echoes in Duderstadt’s master plan of an earlier master plan for HE in California. I was prompted to go back to this document recently and was interested to find that library cooperation was highlighted there too.So my exhortations to think big are really nothing new. The point here is that library cooperation is about more than improving local institutional efficiencies, it’s about supporting a whole ecology of knowledge production and economic growth.DifferentiationUC was to be the primary repository of scarce and unique resourceshttp://www.ucop.edu/acadinit/mastplan/MasterPlan1960.pdf
  • So, mega regions are one way to think about the way boundaries are established at the super institutional level. Mycolleagues Brian Lavoie and Lorcan Dempsey have proposed a framework for understanding the circumstances in which operations that used to be organized at the institutional scale (cataloging, for example) move outside the organizational boundaries of the academic. They characterize the library as a bundle of services that was for many years internalized by the university. Building a substantial local collection was one of these functions. In this framework, shared print is simply the latest expression of shift in operational boundaries.Again, sourcing and scaling: it’s a question of where this work is optimally organized: across peer groups, regions, mega regions and so on.
  • Shared print does represent a Big Shift in thinking about library organizational models. It’s a shift that’s been getting quite a lot of attention of late, in the Chronicle, major library blogs and most recently Inside Higher Ed..
  • Shared print is not just a trend, it’s a response to a number of specific and increasingly urgent challenges facing academic libraries.
  • I want to distinguish between two different (but related) perspectives on shared print. Traditionally, shared print has been motivated by a desire to ensure the long-term preservation of scarce and unique resources. This is a noble goal, but it is not one that has succeeded in bringing many institutions to the table. There’s a second way in which cooperative print management delivers value, and that’s by enabling a reduction in redundant inventory and relieving library space pressures in an environment where scholarly communication is increasingly reliant on digital resources.My remarks today will focus on the second of these two value propositions.
  • This is the infrastructure we used to think about in the context of shared print provision. ASERL was a leader in promoting a vision of networked storage repositories, largely through the efforts of Paul Gherman here at Vanderbilt University.
  • ASERL storage study provided an early indication that cooperation between facilities is essential if they are serve as a surrogate preservation resource.
  • Need to address a new kind of infrastructure – shared digital repositories.HathiTrust is a partnership of research libraries that have committed to joint curation of digitized library content. It includes many of the original Google Library partners (Michigan, UC, the CIC) and others including several (5) ASERL institutions. Triangle Research libraries plus Emory and UVa.
  • So this brings us to our recent cloud-sourcing project, which was a joint piece of work between OCLC Research, the HathiTrust and a number of academic research libraries – NYU, Columbia, Princeton and NYPL.
  • How big is this shift likely to be and on what timeline? Over the last year we have studied the mass digitized book corpus in the context of systemwide print holdings and have found that a substantial part of the average academic library is already substantially duplicated. This scatter chart provide a simple but effective visualization of an important pattern that this project has revealed: that is, that the risks and opportunities associated with moving collection management ‘into the cloud’ are uniformly distributed across the research library community as a whole. This is a picture of the ARL membership (a microcosm of the larger research library community) that shows the level of duplication between individual library collections and the mass digitized book collection in Hathi. Over the course of this project, we have seen the rate of duplication between locally held print and mass digitized books increase steadily and significantly. In June of last year, an average of 20% of monographic titles in an academic library were duplicated in the Hathi repository; today that figure is about 30% (up to 40% for some institutions). [CLICK] In real terms, this means that rate of digital replication is exceeding the pace of growth in monographic acquisitions in most academic institutions. We estimate that the rate of duplication has increased by about 8% per library in the past year. Monographic acquisitions typically grow at about 2% per year in research libraries.A very low standard deviation (variance of ~4%), and across the population very little movement outside this range: 2/3rds of ARL community falls within standard deviation. We project that in a year’s time, many academic libraries are liable to find themselves “underwater,” holding a massive inventory of over-valued assets.Library directors will be called to account and expected to respond to questions about how an increasingly redundant local print collection is serving the educational and research mission of theparent institution. We need to be preparing for a world in which just-in-time, print on demand delivery is an option for a large share of the retrospective book collection.
  • This distribution has remained fairly stable, though in recent months we have seen slight decline in representation of history & auxiliary sciences.
  • Another major finding of our study is that the mass digitized book corpus is substantially ‘backed up’ in one or more large-scale storage collections. As I mentioned earlier, we have a very incomplete picture of what’s currently in storage, so this figure may actually be quite a bit higher. The figures here are based on just 5 major repositories The important point is that we seem to have the beginnings of what I characterized earlier as a ‘strategic reserve’ of print that could significantly offset the costs of local operations. As you can see here, the proportion has remained relatively stable over the course the past year. As of this month, about 2.5 million of the 3.5 million digitized books in Hathi are also held in one or more of 5 large scale shared print repositories.
  • LC ~30M volumesNRLF ~ 6M volumesSRLF ~ 7M volumesReCAP ~ 8M itemsCRL ~2.3M volumes
  • 27K feet = 5 milesRemarkably, the largest shared print collections in the country appear inadequate to meet this goal.
  • 10 copy threshold is probably excessive – reflects lack of confidence in potential shared print solutions.Also learned something about what isn’t ‘top of mind’ in thinking about shared print service agreements. To a certain degree, surprised that participants weren’t more demanding. I think this is a reflection of the fact that shared print is still in its infancy and is expected to run alongside of local print operations for some time to come.
  • Some general remarks about the ASERL community and the context in which it operates, both regionally and nationally.
  • Before we talk about ASERL as a community, worth saying something about the context in which ASERL operates. There are about 880 libraries serving post-secondary academic institutions in the 10 states in ASERL’s catchment area, representing nearly a quarter of the academic libraries in the United States. About 135 support institutions offering doctoral programs – the core requirement of ASERL membership.So right away we can see that ASERL itself, with its 38 members represents a tiny fraction (about 4%) of the academic library community in Southeastern mega-region(s).Because academic research libraries tend to have very large collections, ASERL members hold a ‘disproportionate’ part of the aggregate library resource for this region. My back of the envelope calculation is something like 47%. But even for this cohort, which has traditionally embraced a stewardship role, the feasibility of continuing to acquire and retain comprehensive or even nearly comprehensive print collections is increasingly called into question.That is, of course, the reason that ‘shared print’ is the focus of today’s meeting.38 ASERL libraries … 4% of total academic libraries in ASERL region119,013,523acad lib holdings in WC for the 10 ASERL states 56,043,608 ASERL library holdings Upholding print preservation mandate on a local basis increasingly difficult
  • This is an important feature of the organizational context in which ASERL operates.Majority of HE institutions in the region are not dependent on comprehensive print collections.Expectations are concentrated on relatively small – and arguably shrinking -- population .
  • One reason localprint preservation is an increasing challenge to justify, is that collections are perceived to be delivering less value, as measured by use. This chart shows median annual per-student circulation rates for different segments of the academic library community. The actual numbers here are less important than the overall trend – which is on the decline in all sectors. The red line at the bottom represents libraries supporting doctoral programs, where circ is generally low (due in part to large collection size).
  • 10 years ago, median circ per student at ASER libraries was 20 transactions per year. Today, it’s about 12. This trend holds for the ASERL community in the aggregate, ‘tho there are variations from one institution to the next.It’s not clear if this overall trend can be changed – or even if it’s desirable to do so. After all, for the journal literature, the shift to digital provisioning has been widely embraced by the scholarly community and has resulted in operational efficiencies for academic libraries.
  • An optical illusion? This downward path looks very like the declining circulation rates in ARL libraries. This chart shows that while total institutional investment in higher education has increased dramatically in the past 30 years, proportional spending on academic libraries has been on a steady decline. If this trend continues, we can project that the university allocation to libraries will fall below 1% by about 2013. This has something to do with the increasing costs of educational infrastructure – spending on laboratories and technology has grown much more rapidly than spending on library infrastructure. So while library expenditures have increased each year, they represent a diminishing part of the university’s total spending in support of research, teaching and learning. This is a trend that is driving a certain amount of change in the academic library environment, encouraging a shift to collaborative sourcing of collections and services, increased attention to the return on library investment, and a stern focus on identifying and eliminating operational inefficiencies.I want to emphasize that the trend toward diminished support for academic libraries is not a new phenomenon and it is not merely a knock-on effect of regional or institutional economic pressures. It is a reflection of much broader changes in the higher education environment, including funding mandates that create incentives for increased institutional attention to science and engineering, a decline in the number of students pursuing advanced degrees in the humanities, and new models of educational provisioning -- including distance learning – that are no longer reliant on locally-sourced collections or infrastructure.
  • That said, current circumstances do not tend toward additional largesse for academic libraries. “At least 43 states have implemented cuts to public colleges and universities and/or made large increases in college tuition to make up for insufficient state funding.”http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=1214Ex: UNC is facing budget cuts of up to 20%.
  • Here’s another feature of the local context that is worth bearing in mind as we think about regional approaches to shared print. While the proportion of public and private HE institutions in the ASERL region looks much like the US as a whole, there is considerable variability from state to state.In Mississippi, Alabama, NC etc public institutions predominate. But in Virginia, Florida and here in Tennessee, a much greater part of the HE community is privately governed.As a result, I think we can anticipate that modes of cooperation will vary. This is not to say that private institutions are any less averse to sharing than public institutions, only that the incentives that will bring them to the table are likely to be somewhat different.
  • There’s another major trend that we should be paying attention to: the increasing privatization of higher education in the US. The greatest growth sector in education today is private, for-profit universities. As public spending on education is squeezed, more institutions are seeking to maximize their autonomy – witness the discussions in Wisconsin about separating the research intensive Madison campus from the rest of the system, and the proposal for charter universities in Ohio. Virginia embraced charter universities five years ago. And in the other ASERL states where the larges collections are located, there is a visible trend toward increasing privatization. These are the states where the largest ASERL collections are located.It’s not clear what the impact of this trend on library cooperation and shared print service models is likely to be – but I believe this is something we need to be watching carefully.
  • Finally, the bit you’ve been waiting for – where we bring the cloud-sourcing model ‘down home’ to ASERL.ASERL represents a heterogeneous mix of research libraries, ranging in size from less than 500K titles to more than 3.5 million. In total, the collective collection of ASERL libraries amounts more than 56 million holdings. Yet when we hold that collective collection up to the mirror that is the mass-digitized book corpus, we find remarkable similarities – echoing the pattern we observed for the ARL community as a whole. More than a third of the aggregate ASERL holdings are duplicated in the HathiTrust Digital Library. More than 2 million unique titles. That’s greater than the median individual holdings in ASERL member libraries. And as you can see, the line on the right is remarkably flat compared to the line on the left.
  • This is another view of ASERL holdings. Despite very wide differences in collection size, we find that all members fall within a narrow band of duplication when compared to the HathiTrust Digital Library. Median duplication is 33% as of April 2011. Tennessee has the highest level of duplication (41%) and Florida has the lowest. But between these two ‘extremes’ there is remarkably little variation in percentage duplication.This is important, since it means that the ASERL community as a whole is exposed to the same risk and conversely will benefit in equal measure to ‘cloud sourcing’ solutions.The fact that Florida is an outlier is also important, as we’ll see in just a moment.
  • Here’s a concrete example of the kind of content that we find duplicated in the HathiTrust library. This historical study of European politics is held by thousands of libraries. In the early days of the Google Library partnership it was scanned not once or twice but four times.In Google Books it is available as ‘snippet only’ but in Hathi it is presented as full-view.328 titles like this (held by all 38 ASERL libraries) in April 2011600 titles if Air University is excluded.Hard to imagine circumstance in which this level of duplication within ASERL can be justified, except perhaps popular fiction and coursebooks (which are not much represented in Hathi collection).
  • Miami is an interesting example – it is not only representative of the median holdings in ASERL, and the median overlap between ASERL institutions and HathiTrust, but as a private institution it may have more latitude in the kinds of business agreements it can establish with external providers.(Why is the PD yield so low? Because PD titles tend to have fewer library holdings. The 20% ‘yield’ on HathiTrust doesn’t necessarily translate at the institutional level.)
  • Another way to look at the titles duplicated in HathiTrust – this time by the level of duplication in the systemwide print collection. A very large part of the U of Miami holdings duplicated in HathiTrust are also widely held in print. More than 70% are held by 100 or more libraries. More than 95% are held by 25 or more libraries. Of course, since virtually all of the titles are in copyright, it will be very important that Miami establish a viable print supply chain for these titles. Institutional risk tolerance will determine where libraries draw the line on how much print needs to be retained locally or regionally. In the case of Miami, I would say that the university library is a position of enviable flexibility.
  • “Libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida.”Surprisingly, these data suggest that Florida may not be the optimal shared print supplier for mass-digitized titles.Of the almost 400K Miami-owned titles duplicated in the HathiTrust, about 60% could be supplied by the University of Florida. Surprisingly, the Univ of South Florida, which has a library collection a little more than half the size of U of F and is geographically closer to Miami, could supply almost 50%.
  • Both of these institutions have about a 33% duplication rate with Hathi. But the contours of that duplicated content are very different. At East Carolina, as at Miami, the overwhelming majority of content in the mass-digitized corpus is also very widely held in print.As Duke, however, a significant portion of the digitized content is relatively scarce. For an institution like Duke, the HathiTrust offers a different kind of value – it provides an additional layer of preservation for titles that Duke has purchased but may now want to manage differently than it has in the past.ECU is not a HathiTrust partner; Duke is (via TRLN).
  • This is where the rubber meets the road. I mentioned that there has been increased attention to the long-term costs of acquiring and retaining low-use print materials. This is especially true for retrospective print collections that have been digitized. On recent study by the Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan suggests that it costs about $4.25 per volume per year to store a book on campus, and less than a third as much to manage it off-site. This means that ECU is currently spending between $320K and $1.6 million dollars each year to retain copies of books that are preserved in the HathiTrust repository and also widely held by other ASERL members.The library is not accountable for these costs – they are not charged to the library budget – but is in some sense responsible for them.
  • As we look to the future, it is clear that the academic library environment as a whole is changing. Here I have plotted projections for the duplication of academic print collections in the HathiTrust Digital Library for a range of ASERL member libraries. The blue and violet lines at the top of the stack represent smaller academic institutions . We can predict that 50% or more of their library holdings will be duplicated within the next 18 months. In larger research institutions, that watershed moment will occur somewhat later. At very large ARL institutions, it may take another year or two before redundant print inventory begins to look less like an asset and more like a liability. But this change is coming, and we need to plan for it. Wake ForestUNC CharlotteUNC Chapel HillDuke

The Big Shift: Managing Research Collections in the Cloud The Big Shift: Managing Research Collections in the Cloud Presentation Transcript

  • The Big Shift: Managing Research Collections in the Cloud
    Annual Meeting
    28 April 2011
    Constance Malpas
    Program Officer, OCLC Research
  • Roadmap
    • Think Big – sourcing and scaling, mega regions
    • Emerging infrastructure – managing collections ‘in the cloud’
    • Shared print service provision - opportunities, challenges
    • ASERL in perspective – regional and system-wide context
  • You are … where?
    http://www.creativeclass.com/whos_your_city/maps/#Mega-Regions_of_North_America
  • A Master Plan for a mega region
    “[Midwestern universities ] work together on both regional and national agendas, merging library and research resources, and sharing curricula and instructional resources with faculty and students. Aggregating these spires of excellence by linking these institutions gives the Midwest region many of the world’s leading programs in a broad range of key knowledge areas.” (p. 37)
    “Sharing of library and research
    facilities can augment scholarly production and assure fuller use of cultural assets without great extra cost to the state.”
    (p. 37)
  • Boundary work and the library ‘service bundle’
    Shared print is a prime example:
    a core operation that
    is moving “outside”
    institutional boundaries
    University of California
    Orbis Cascade
    WEST
    CIC
    TRLIN
    Hathi Print
    CAVAL, UKRR, JURA etc.
  • A ‘Big Shift’ in attention, resources
  • Shared Print: what’s the problem?
    Shift in scholarly attention from print to electronic means low-use retrospective print collections are perceived to deliver less library value
    Competing demands for library space: teaching, learning, collaborative research vs. “warehouse of books”
    Among academic libraries, a shrinking pool of institutions with mandate, capacityto support print preservation
    As transaction costs for managing legacy print collections decrease, libraries will seek to externalize print operations to shared repositories
  • Shared Print: OCLC Research
    Active portfolio of work since 2007:
    • North American library storage capacity (2007)
    • ~70M volumes in storage; cooperative models in the minority
    • Policy requirements shared print repositories (2009)
    • critical need: disclosure of print preservation commitments
    • Leveraging infrastructure: MARC21 583 Action Note (2009/2011)
    • copy-level retention, condition statements are required
    • Cloud-sourcing research collections (2010)
    • mass digitization of monographs accelerates shift to shared print
  • Shared Print value proposition(s)
    Ensures long-term survivability of ‘last copies’ and low-use print journals and books
    Extension of traditional repository function; limited motivation to subsidize
    Enables reduction in redundant inventory for moderately and widely-held titles, facilitating redirection of library resources toward more distinctive service portfolio
    Strategic reserve provides a hedge against disruption in the marketplace, rapid fluctuations in scholarly value & function of print; provides tangible value to participant
  • Growth of US library storage infrastructure
    Aggregate off-site capacity has increased exponentially
    + 70 million volumes in storage (2007)
    68 high-density facilities
    2 high-density facilities
    Derived from L. Payne (OCLC, 2007)
    Date of Original Construction
  • Aggregate preservation resource: a black box?
    Of 68 storage facilities identified in Payne (OCLC, 2007):
    • 2 are visible in WorldCat today: UC NRLF & UC SRLF
    • Proxies: CRL, LC?
    Among 9 ASERL storage collections profiled in 2004:
    • 80% of monographic titles held in a single storage facility
    Titles in ‘shared print’ collections
    less widely held?
    More widely held
    Less widely held
  • Projected growth of HathiTrust Digital Library
    *
    Library of Congress in constant 2008 volumes
    Harvard University Library in constant 2008 volumes
    *
    OCLC Research. June 2010
  • Premise of Cloud Library project (2009-2010)
    Emergence of large scale shared print and digital
    repositories creates an opportunity for strategic
    externalization of traditional repository function
    Reduce total costs of preserving scholarly record
    Enable reallocation of institutional resources
    Support renovation of library service portfolio
    Create new business relationships among libraries
    A bridge strategy to guarantee access and
    preservation of long tail, low use collections
    during ongoing p- to e- transition
  • Academic off-site storage
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    15 months
    +5M vols.
    25 years
    +70M vols.
    Shared infrastructure: books & bits
    HathiTrust
    Will this intersection create new operational efficiencies?
    For which libraries?
    Under what conditions?
    How soon and with what impact?
  • A global change in the library environment
    Academic print book collection already substantially duplicated in mass digitized book corpus (HathiTrust)
    June 2010
    Median duplication: 31%
    June 2009
    Median duplication: 19%
    OCLC Research. June 2010
  • A mirror of the academic print collection
    A critical mass of retrospective literature in the humanities, social sciences
    C. Malpas Cloud-sourcing Research Collections (OCLC, 2010)
  • An opportunity and a challenge
    An opportunity to rationalize holdings, but…
    >50% of titles are ‘widely held’
    library print supply chain will be needed for some time
    >80% of titles are in copyright
    OCLC Research. June 2010
  • Mass-digitized books in print repositories
    ~3.5M titles
    ~75% of mass digitized corpus is ‘backed up’ in one or more shared print repositories
    ~2.5M
  • Prediction
    Within the next 5-10 years, focus of shared print archiving and service provision will shift to monographic collections
    • large scale service hubs will provide low-cost print management on a subscription basis;
    • reducing local expenditure on print operations, releasing space for new uses and facilitating a redirection of library resources;
    • enabling rationalization of aggregate print collection and renovation of library service portfolio
    Mass digitization of retrospective print collections will drive this transition
  • What will it take?
    Shared print service provision . . .
  • Shared Print provision: capacity varies
    % of HathiTrust titles duplicated in print repository
    OCLC Research. Analysis based on HathiTrust and WorldCat snapshot data. Data current as of February 2011.
  • Shared print marketplace: who has the edge?
    C. Malpas Cloud-sourcing Research Collections (OCLC, 2010)
  • Or, reconfigure resource to maximize value
    C. Malpas Cloud-sourcing Research Collections (OCLC, 2010)
  • Management Perspective: How Much is Enough?
    Shared Print service must deliver
    • Space recovery equal to “one floor” at outset
    • Volume reduction equal to X years of print acquisitions
    • Cost not to exceed current storage options
    • Minimize (visible) disruption in operations
    If management of mass-digitized monographs could be externalized to large scale providers today:
    average space recovery of 20,000 ASF per ARL library
    cost avoidance of ~$1M for new storage module
    cost avoidance of $1M per year for on-site management
  • Staff Perspective: What’s Good Enough
    Shared Print service provision must equal or exceed
    • Turnaround/delivery from local storage (<2 days)
    • Local loan period
    • Local access/availability guarantee, ability to recall etc
    • Discoverability of local resource
    Local retention mandated when title held by <10 libraries
    No one mentioned . . .
    Home delivery option  direct to patron
    Acceptable loss rate  repository viability
    Penalties for late return  impact on other clients
  • Implications: Shared Print
    A small number of repositories may suffice for ‘global’ shared print provision of low-use monographs
    Generic service offer is needed to achieve economies of scale, build network; uniform T&C
    Fuller disclosure of storage collections is needed to judge capacity of current infrastructure, identify potential hubs
    Service hubs will need to shape inventory to market needs; more widely duplicated, moderately used titles
    If extant providers aren’t motivated to change service model, a new organization may be needed
  • Local Context
    Shared print in perspective . . .
  • ASERL in system-wide context
    ~880 academic libraries in ASERL region (2008)
    represents 23% of all academic libraries in the US
    134 (15%) support institutions offering doctoral programs
    38 ASERL libraries provide backbone for academic institutions throughout the region
    Rich collections, robust infrastructure, reliable fulfillment
    ASERL holdings account for ~47% of regional academic collection
    Upholding print preservation mandate an increasing challenge
  • Diversity of institutional mandates
    Leastreliant on traditionallibrary infrastructure
    OCLC Research. Derived from U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Academic Libraries Survey, 2008.
  • Declining ROA?
    Circulation per FTE student is on a decline
    OCLC Research. Derived from NCES Academic Libraries Surveys, 1992-2000.
  • Same trend holds within ASERL
    -41%
    OCLC Research. Derived from ASERL Annual Statistics, 2002/2003 – 2009/2010.
  • A long term, system-wide trend
    OCLC Research. Derived from data reported in NCES Digest of Education Statistics: 2008.
  • Higher Education funding cuts in 43 States
  • Institutional autonomy varies
    Modes of cooperation will vary
    … aswill motivation to share
    OCLC Research. Derived from U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Academic Libraries Survey, 2008.
  • Increasing privatization of Higher Education
    OCLC Research. Derived from U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Academic Libraries Surveys, 2000-2008.
  • Visible differences, hidden similarities
    >56M holdings in aggregate
    ~34% of collective ASERL coll’n duplicated
    ~2M unique (discrete) titles
    OCLC Research. Analysis based on HathiTrust and WorldCat snapshot data. Data current as of April 2011.
  • Median ASERL duplication in HathiTrust: 33%
    Tennessee: 41%
    Florida: 27%
    [Standard deviation: 3%]
    OCLC Research. Derived from U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Academic Libraries Survey, 2008.
    OCLC Research. Analysis based on HathiTrust and WorldCat snapshot data. Data current as of April 2011.
  • This edition held in print by more than 2,200 libraries . . .
    including all 38 ASERL members
    A total of 3 ILL requests since 2007
    0 from (or to) ASERL members
  • An example: the University of Miami
    ~1.2 million University of Miami (FQG) library holdings in WorldCat
    30,472 titles
    363,405 titles
    393,877 (33%) duplicated in HathiTrust Digital Library
    OCLC Research. Analysis based on HathiTrust and WorldCat snapshot data. Data current as of April 2011.
  • Weighing risks and benefits
    96% of mass-digitized titles in Miami’s collection are held by >24 libraries
    77% of mass-digitized titles in Miami’s collection are held by >99 libraries … low risk but print supply chain still needed
    N = 393,877 titles
    OCLC Research. Analysis based on HathiTrust and WorldCat snapshot data. Data current as of April 2011.
  • Sizing up a potential shared print supplier
    ~1.2 million Miami (FQG) holdings
    Represents at least 2.75 miles of library shelving @ Miami
    232,827 titles
    OCLC Research. Analysis based on HathiTrust and WorldCat snapshot data. Data current as of April 2011.
  • Risk and opportunity profiles differ
    N=370K titles
    N=1.16M titles
    Locally held titles in mass-digitized corpus abundant in system-wide collection
    HathiTrust undergirds stewardship mission, redistributes costs of curation
    OCLC Research. Analysis based on HathiTrust and WorldCat snapshot data. Data current as of April 2011.
  • Stewardship & sustainability: a pragmatic view
    Using recent life-cycle adjusted cost model* for library print collections,
    $4.25 per volume per year -- on campus
    $ .86 per volume per year -– in high-density storage
    East Carolina University is spending, at minimum, between
    [373K titles * $.86 =] $320K to $1.6M[=373K titles * $4.25 ] annually
    to retain local copies of content preserved in the HathiTrust Digital Library and widely-held in the ASERL community
    The library is not financially accountable for these costs
    but it is responsible for managing them
    *Paul Courant and M. “Buzzy” Nielson, “On the Cost of Keeping a Book” in The Idea of Order (CLIR, 2010)
  • Where to turn?
    • Existing cooperative network: UNC system
    • UNC, NCSU & Duke are HathiTrust partners, participate in TRLN shared copy program – potential shared print suppliers?
    Represents at least 4 miles of library shelving @ East Carolina
    ~1.2 million ECU (ERE) holdings
    373,370 (32%) in HathiTrust Digital Library
  • Sep 2012
    Dec 2012
    Jun 2013
    Sep 2013
    ASERL libraries: a common trajectory, different timelines
    The next few years are critical
    % of titles duplicated in HathiTrust Digital Library
    How can regional infrastructure be leveraged to support this change?
    OCLC Research. Analysis based on HathiTrust and WorldCat snapshot data. Data current as of April 2011.
  • A closing thought
    If we don’t demonstrate a little backbone
    developing shared print solutions
    the future of legacy print could look like
    this
    Guillotined books en route to recycling station.
  • Thanks for your attention.
    Comments, Questions?
    Constance Malpas
    malpasc@oclc.org
    @ConstanceM
  • For discussion
    • What criteria matter most in assessing potential shared print partners?
    • Geographic proximity, institutional governance, scope of collection, delivery guarantee, etc?
    • Is the economic integration of Southeastern mega-region(s) a factor to consider in shared print business planning?
    • Are partnerships in zones of strong economic integration be likely to be more sustainable?
    • How is the increasing privatization of higher education likely to affect regional shared print planning?
    • Do private and charter universities have greater flexibility in externalizing print operations?