Say Hello to Phase 2 of the 2CUL Partnership.
From a Joint News Release:
The libraries at Columbia University and Cornell University are taking an unprecedented new step in their 2CUL partnership: integrating a major part of their operations.
Thanks to a three-year, $350,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the two libraries will integrate their technical services departments. These departments purchase and license library materials, such as books, e-books, e-journals, databases and more, and they provide data so that users can find and use those materials.
For library users, the 2CUL integration will mean better and faster access to more materials — including licensed journal articles, foreign materials and other content. When negotiating with vendors and other third parties for services and content, the technical services operation will exercise bargaining power on behalf of both research libraries.
The integration will also include:
- Seeking a common library management system that integrates data and workflows;
- Establishing collaborative collection building and coordinated processing;
- Reviewing policies, practices, workflows and job responsibilities at each institution, with an eye toward reconciling them as much as possible;
- Drafting best practices and guidelines; and
- Adopting a new organizational structure and culture.
During its “Phase 1” period, the 2CUL partnership made several major advancements, including:
- Allowing Columbia and Cornell faculty, students and staff to borrow materials from either library on-site and expedite access through intercampus loan delivery;
- Building joint collections and sharing librarians and language expertise to expand access to more global resources in Asia, Latin America and Russia/Eastern Europe;
- Uncovering issues for long-term preservation and access to e-journal literature; and
- Creating programs to give tailored support for Ph.D. students in the humanities.
The new round of funding from the Mellon Foundation supports a critical piece of 2CUL’s “Phase 2” period. Beyond the scope of the grant, the two libraries will pursue other goals for advancing the partnership, including more integrated collection building and mainstreaming 2CUL in other areas based on the success of the technical services integration.
The 2CUL partnership was first announced in 2009.
Additional Details in the Full Text News Release