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SPEC Kit 345: Shared Print Programs (December 2014)

This SPEC Kit explores the extent of ARL member libraries’ participation in concerted efforts among groups of libraries to collaboratively collect or retain print collections and provide access to them. The SPEC Kit covers the type and scope of programs in which ARL libraries choose to participate, the rationale for participation, the value and benefits the programs provide to ARL and other libraries, and the roles different libraries are playing in the programs. To best explore these aspects, this study includes two surveys:

Survey of ARL Member Libraries—ARL libraries were asked general questions about all shared print programs in which the institution participates, goals and benefits of participation, rationale for participation, and services provided. This survey did not ask about the details of a single, specific shared print program but rather about a library’s participation in shared print arrangements in general.

Survey of Shared Print Program Managers/Coordinators—Information about a specific shared print program was gathered from shared print program managers/coordinators. This survey asked about specific business and operational models, strategies, goals, membership, collections, archiving progress, access, and other services.

This SPEC Kit includes examples of program descriptions and memorandums of understand and member agreements.

Link to the free online SPEC Kit 345 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

A print copy is available for $50.00 ($40.00 ARL members) plus shipping and handling.

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