May 12, 2021

CDL, CRL & HathiTrust Shared Print Collaboration Releases Collection Collection Comparison Tool

From a Joint News Release:

Formed in January 2020, the California Digital Library (CDL), the Center for  Research Libraries (CRL), & HathiTrust Collaboration is building on a decade of collaboration, innovation, and expertise to define a new phase of shared print built on open and interconnected infrastructure. The  collection comparison tool brings together the shared print retention commitments registered in CRL’s Print Archives Preservation Registry (PAPR), HathiTrust digital collection metadata, and the local library  serials data submitted by users. Users know instantly which titles in their collection have been retained by  shared print collections and which have not. This tool utilizes technology included in WEST’s decision support system, AGUA, built and supported by CDL.  

“We are all accountable for creating a diverse collective collection, and tools like this break down barriers  to strategic action,” said Karla Strieb, Associate Dean for Content and Access at Ohio State University  Libraries, and member of HathiTrust and the Center for Research Libraries.  

The collection comparison tool has been designed for ease of use. Comprehensive instructions guide the  user through the steps for uploading serials relating to the data of interest and downloading the resulting  reports; to do this, users can use a .csv file with a list of OCLC numbers or ISSNs to trigger the comparison.  Users can input up to four additional fields of local information.

This free tool is available for unlimited use  and can be accessed at papr.crl.edu/tools/compare. 

CDL, CRL, and HathiTrust’s decision to develop this tool, which makes two of the most comprehensive sets  of freely available serials data accessible and easy to use, was informed by conversations with the  Rosemont Shared Print Alliance and the Partnership for Shared Book Collections. Forward-looking alliances  with Rosemont the Partnership will continue to play an important role to surface infrastructure needs for  CDL, CRL, and HathiTrust’s collaborative work.  

“Action at scale requires data at-scale. Initiatives like the Collection Comparison Tool are critical to libraries  and their shared future.” Said Jeff Kosokoff, Assistant University Librarian for Collection Strategy, Duke  University Library (DUL), who represents DUL in local, regional, national, and international contexts such as  CRL, NERL, TRLN, the Partnership for Shared Book Collections, the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation  Collection Development Group, and HathiTrust. 

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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.

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