In June, California Digital Library (CDL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), & HathiTrust affirmed their commitment – first announced in January 2020 – to take the lead in building on the last decade of shared print efforts to realize an interconnected and open infrastructure that embeds shared print more completely in library services and operations.
We are happy to share the text of that affirming announcement (and the framing document of the collaboration (Principles, Vision, Mission and Assumptions) with our colleagues in the UC and WEST communities .
Moving into the second half of 2020, the three organizations will be working with the community to explore possible “quick wins” (short term projects that contribute to the larger vision), sharing a complete communication plan, and establishing a website where any and all can learn about the work and ways to get involved.
From the Announcement:
The future of print collections is shared. Embedding shared print within the lifecycle of library collections promotes equity of access, enriches the scholarly record, and increases opportunity for research and teaching. A well-developed, collaborative, and interoperable infrastructure ensures we will realize the full potential of our networks and their collective collections.
This new phase coalesces the regional work into a strategic national effort. Working together in a coordinated fashion, we can assemble, preserve, and make accessible a more expansive and diverse shared collection for the scholarly community.