May 20, 2022

OCLC Awarded Two-Year, $1 Million Mellon Foundation Grant For Shared Print Data Infrastructure Project

From OCLC:

2018-06-24_17-48-41OCLC, working closely with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to enhance the underlying infrastructure of the OCLC WorldCat database and CRL’s Print Archives Preservation Registry (PAPR) to accommodate and make accessible actionable data for shared print serials management.

The two-year grant, for $1,001,000, will support a joint OCLC and CRL Shared Print Data Infrastructure project. The initiative will modify WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections, to enable registration of print serial retention commitments and make archived holdings data available to inform library decision-making.


WorldCat now enables tracking of retention commitments for single-part monographs. CRL’s open access PAPR database offers shared print programs as a registration solution for serials. Together, OCLC and CRL will work to merge their respective capabilities in a centralized system for serials commitments in WorldCat, systematically syncing to the PAPR database.


The Shared Print Data Infrastructure project is scheduled to run from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement

Direct to PAPR Registry

See Also: The Remarkable Acceleration of Shared Print (March 1, 2018; via OCLC Next)

See Also: The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Synthesis of the Harvard Library’s Hazen Memorial Symposium (2017; via OCLC)

See Also: CRL’s Agenda for Shared Print, 2017 – 2026 (2016; via OCLC)

See Also: Mellon Foundation Funds CRL Archive Analysis (2014)

See Also: RLG Partnership Shared Print Collections Working Group Shared Print Policy Review Report (2009)

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