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32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Wednesday, November 7 • 9:00am - 4:00pm
All Day Preconference - Shared Print Monographs: Making It Work

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To date, shared print programs have focused largely on journals. Initiatives from WEST, CIC, ASERL and others have demonstrated the savings, efficiency and collection security possible through structured collaboration.

Monographs pose a different challenge. Books far outnumber journals, and each title-level decision to share or withdraw yields little space. New tools and approaches are evolving to make shared print programs work for books. The keys are to aggregate and analyze data, to develop robust policies and business models, and to utilize library-defined rules. Two recent initiatives are noteworthy:

In March 2012, the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) and Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) completed a shared print pilot project with seven Michigan academic libraries. Monograph collections ranged in size from 160,000 to 1.2 million volumes. This Shared Print Initiative (SPI) resulted in 534,000 withdrawal candidates, while retaining two print copies of all titles within the group.

The Maine Shared Collections Strategy (MSCS) includes 8 of Maine’s largest libraries, plus the state’s consortium: Maine InfoNet. The group is several months into a 3-year project to develop a statewide program for shared management of print collections—including monographs. Participating libraries will collaborate on storage, retention, and preservation decisions.

Please join us to learn more about these pioneering projects. Topics will include:

• Managing data from multiple ILS systems
• Normalizing bibliographic, item, and circulation data
• Developing and refining withdrawal and retention criteria 
• Improving decisions with data
• Allocating withdrawal and retention responsibility
• Recovering from errors
• Maintaining momentum and flexibility
• Developing an MOU
• Managing and growing the group
• Moving from project to practice
• Managing campus relations

12 shared print veterans from pilot libraries, MCLS, SCS, and MSCS will share their respective viewpoints, offering practical steps for moving forward. To paraphrase Stephen Colbert, the day’s message will be: ‘We Are Shared Monographs (And So Can You!).’


Andy Breeding

Partner, Sustainable Collection Services

Barbara Cockrell

Associate Dean for Collections, Western Michigan University

Randy Dykhuis

Executive Director, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)
Randy Dykhuis is Executive Director of the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, a nonprofit, membership organization that provides libraries in Michigan and Indiana with a convenient, single point of contact for training, group purchasing and technical support for electronic resources. He has held that position since February 2010. Prior to that, he was Executive Director for the Michigan Library Consortium, a position he... Read More →
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Ruth Fischer

Partner, Sustainable Collection Services
Ruth was born in Washington, DC. She graduated from Earlham College with a B.A in American Frontier History and she holds a Masters in Education from Penn State. For many years prior to the start of SCS, Ruth was one of the R's in R2 Consulting, analyzing library workflows, organizational structures, and management strategies. Throughout the 1990s, she was a key contributor at YBP Library Services in the design and implementation of approval... Read More →
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Scott Garrison

Dean of the Library, Ferris State University
Scott Garrison is Dean of the Ferris Library for Information, Technology, and Education at Ferris State University. His focus is leveraging the flux, uncertainty and disruption libraries and their institutions face, existing and new tools and user behavior, and key relationships across campuses and regions to foster greater user, library, and institutional success.

Pamela Grudzien

Director of Acquisitions, Metadata & Resource Sharing Services, Central Michigan University
Pamela has many years of library experience in public services, collection development, resource sharing, and more recently, technical services.  This varied experience has provided her with a well-rounded perspective of academic library services, challenges, and opportunities. Her latest projects include a Technical Services workflow analysis and reorganization plan as well as involvement in the statewide shared print project called MI... Read More →
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Clement Guthro

Director of Libraries, Colby College

Robert Kelly

Collection Development Librarian, Eastern Michigan University

Rick Lugg

Partner, Sustainable Collection Services
Rick has worked with academic libraries since 1983. As a consultant and vendor, he has written approval  plans, streamlined workflows, evaluated collections, and designed library-friendly products and services. He holds an MLIS from Simmons College.  In 2007, Rick saw a growing need to weed monographs collections—responsibly, intelligently, and efficiently. His interest in this unlikely topic is partly karmic: having spent... Read More →

Deborah Rollins

Head, Collection Services, University of Maine
Deb Rollins is the Head of Collection Services at the University of Maine and co-PI for the IMLS-funded Maine Shared Collections Strategy project http://www.maineinfonet.net/mscs/. She is responsible for overall collection development and acquisitions at UMaine, and also manages group licenses for the seven-campus University of Maine System and the Maine State Library’s statewide MARVEL! resources... Read More →
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Doug Way

Head of Collections and Scholarly Communications, Grand Valley State University
Doug Way is the Head of Collections and Scholarly Communications at Grand Valley State University, where he previously held positions as Head of Liberal Arts Programs and as Government Documents Librarian. Doug has written and spoken extensively on the use of academic library collections, collection management and scholarly communications. He holds a Master’s degree from Wayne State University in Library and Information Science and resides in... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2012 9:00am - 4:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Grand Cypress Ballroom 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401