January 23, 2022

Journal Article: “Taking Shared Print to the Next Level: The Partnership for Shared Book Collections”

The article (open access) linked below was recently published by the Journal of Library Administration. The full text article is available via the journal’s website and/or via the Partnership for Shared Book Collections.


Taking Shared Print to the Next Level: The Partnership for Shared Book Collections


Susan Stearns
Project Director, Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST)

Matthew Revitt
Special Collections and Maine Shared Collections Librarian, University of Maine

Kirsten Leonard
Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI)


Journal of Library Administration, 60:7, 812-820
DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2020.1803020


This article introduces the Partnership for Shared Book Collections, a federation of monograph shared print programs. Collaboration of programs at the network level allows for:

  • Reducing the cost of retaining the scholarly record through shared distribution of commitments;

  • De-duplicating efforts;

  • Developing and promoting evidence-based best practices;

  • Increasing the effectiveness of communication with end-users and funders;

  • Tackling large-scale projects and research that are out of reach for individual shared print programs. This shared stewardship of collection is critical as local resources are depleted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and access to print for digitization increases.

Direct to Full Text Article
10 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.