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.
 
Go to source:

http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2013/2013-09r.html