ERIC Number: ED336122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Holding Down Costs at Academic Research Libraries: A Consortial Approach. Final Report Submitted to the U.S. Department of Education.
The first of five sections in this final report for the College Cost Containment Project describes the organizational structure and purposes of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) and identifies the cost containment issues addressed by the project. The remaining sections describe the programs developed by the WRLC as appropriate solutions to these issues; each of these sections is introduced by a background statement which places the related programs within the context of WRLC development. The second section, Access to Library Materials, focuses on the library automation system and telecommunications, database creation, provision of access to other databases, and information transfer and document delivery. The third section, Storage of Library Materials, discusses the construction of a joint facility, technologies for storing and retrieving materials, and policies and mechanisms for materials storage. The maintenance and improvement of library collections are addressed in the fourth section, including collection needs and costs, the WRLC Library, cooperative collection development, and the WRLC and cost containment. The final section, Preservation of Library Collections, covers the assessment of preservation needs, planning for a comprehensive program, and the cost-benefits of the preservation program. A summary of WRLC capital costs concludes the report. The Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws for the WRLC, a profile of the WRLC, cost estimates for database creation, and a successful application to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Program are appended. Eleven references and a 38-item bibliography are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Research Library Consortium, Washington, DC.