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ERIC Number: ED454881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-887334-81-5
A Collaborative Approach to Collection Storage: The Five-College Library Depository.
Bridegam, Willis E.
This report offers a case study in the advantages and disadvantages of depository libraries, their economics, and the practical and political issues associated with their creation. As director of the library at Amherst College, the author played a key role in establishing the initial off-site storage facility, as well as in broadening its service to the Five Colleges, Inc. (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst). As libraries change in response to budgetary constraints as well as developments in information technology, the Five College Library Depository model suggests new possibilities for collection management and ways for libraries to reframe their service missions. The questions facing all academic libraries--to what extent can they provide access to materials that they do not own, and which materials must they preserve for future generations--are examined in this report. Contents include: alternatives to open-shelf storage of library materials; continuing net growth of paper collections; off-site storage considerations; establishment of the Amherst College Library Depository; the proposal for a Five-College Library Depository; anticipated implementation and operation; Five-College Collection Management Committee; academic department reactions to the proposed depository; and a national trend toward academic depository libraries. (Contains 34 references.) (AEF)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Council on Library and Information Resources, Washington, DC.