Wednesday, February 26, 2014
An OCLC research report

Key highlights:

· Interest in shared print strategies has had several drivers: Google Books; the digital turn: changing patterns of research and learning; the opportunity costs of current use of space; efficient access to materials; and a general move to collaboration.

· The network turn is leading to changes in the focus, boundaries and value of library collections.

· Libraries and the organizations that provide services to them are devoting more attention to system-wide organization of collections—whether the "system" is a consortium, a region or a country.

· Libraries are beginning to evolve arrangements that facilitate long-term shared management of the print literature as individual libraries begin to manage down their local capacity.
· A system-wide perspective signals a real shift in emphasis.

· A range of first-ever calculations providing quantitative estimates and analyses of the system-wide collection.
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