May 17, 2022

New Research Article: “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Preservation in the Age of Shared Print and Withdrawal Projects”

The following article was published today by C&RL (College & Research Libraries).


Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Preservation in the Age of Shared Print and Withdrawal Projects


Zachary Maiorana
Library of Congress

Ian Bogus

Mary Miller
University of Minnesota

Jacob Nadal
Library of Congress

Katie Risseeuw
Northwestern University

Jennifer Hain Teper
University of Illinois


C&RL (College & Research Libraries)
Vol. 80 No. 7 (2019)
DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.7.945


This paper’s review of current issues in shared print retention and preservation identifies such shared issues as the cataloging and validation, retention and withdrawal of holdings, loss rates, current condition of holdings, recommendations for the number of copies to retain, and storage environments. Library institutions require a community wide dialogue assessing practical retention concerns. We hope that our recommendations and discussion will serve as a call to action for further study and greater interest in strong cooperation at both institutional and repository levels, including collaborative action for multiple levels of collection assessments.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.