May 23, 2022

University of California Libraries’ Shared Print Program Joins Partnership for Shared Book Collections

From the California Digital Library:

The University of California Libraries’ Shared Print program has joined the Partnership for Shared Book Collections, a federation of shared print monographic programs that aims to coordinate shared print collaboration in North America to support cost-effective retention and access to shared print monograph collections.

UC Libraries’ Shared Print firmly supports the vision and mission of the Partnership and sees this as a significant opportunity for the shared print community to streamline its activities to the benefit of all participating libraries and their stakeholders. In coordinating and consolidating our efforts, shared print programs can transition into a more integrated enterprise, with robust collaborative networks that better scale shared print efforts and more effectively advocate for required infrastructure and technology.

In the face of increasing financial, preservation, and space-based challenges, the Partnership is in a position, like its counterpart on the side of journal programs, the Rosemont Alliance, to maximize individual programmatic efforts and create an ecosystem that realizes the full potential of shared print. UC hopes that the future holds even greater connection among shared print initiatives, with a goal not of  creating new organizations, but of connecting our communities to transcend the siloed, piecemeal landscape of current collective collections.

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