May 23, 2022

Shared Print: An Update From the Maine Shared Collection Strategy (MSCS)

During March 2013 Library Journal published an excellent in-depth look at the Maine Shared Collection Strategy (MSCS) project.

As the LJ article points out MSCS is one of a number of shared collection projects around the country.

Nine days ago the Maine Shared Collection Strategy publicly shared their May 2014 update (9 pages; PDF) that provides a look at the last six months of project accomplishments and concludes with details about the conclusion of the MSCS project and the transition to the Maine Shared Collections Cooperative (MSCC).

A Memorandum of Understanding re: Maine Shared Collections Cooperative (MSCC) was made available on May 23, 2014.

Highlights From the May 2014 Maine Shared Collections Strategy Advisory Board Update Report

  • Completed collection analysis of monographs, serials and journals.
  • Agreed a set of rules to allocate retention responsibility across the MSCS group.
  • Loaded and display over one million commitments in local, union and OCLC WorldCat catalogs. MSCS
  • became the first shared print project to have retention commitments for monograph titles disclosed in OCLC WorldCat.
  • Completed HathiTrust partnership process for UMaine.
  • Worked with HathiTrust on the creation of a “Maine Collection” in the digital library.
  • Completed loading 1.4 million MARC records into MaineCat containing links to the HathiTrust, Google
  • Books and Print‐On‐Demand (POD) request form. Completed testing a POD service and plan for its future.
  • Widely publicized the work of MSCS.
  • Organized 2014 ALA Annual Conference session titled “Looking to the Future of Shared Print”.
  • Produced draft of shared print teaching document.

Direct to Full Text Report (9 pages; PDF)

See Also: Cooperative Collection Management Survey Results
Released one month ago.

…in March 2014 [the survey] was sent to the directors of 325 libraries in Maine. The results of the survey are being used by the MSCS Project Team to plan for the future activities of the Maine Shared Collections Cooperative.

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