January 23, 2022

Journal Article: “Reflections on Collective Collections”

The following article was published today by College & Research Libraries.


Reflections on Collective Collections


Brian Lavoie
Lorcan Dempsey
Constance Malpas


College & Research Libraries
Vol 81, No 6 (2020)
September 2020
DOI: 10.5860/crl.81.6.981


Collective collections are multiple local collections described and/or managed as a single collection. Constructing, understanding, and operationalizing collective collections is an increasingly important aspect of collection management for many libraries. This article presents some general insights about collective collections, drawn from a series of studies conducted by OCLC. These insights identify salient characteristics of many collective collections and serve as a starting point for developing collective collection-based strategies for such library priorities as shared print, digitization, and group-scale discovery and fulfillment.

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