Maintaining large local inventories of printed materials that are widely duplicated at other institutions and in digital form is no longer an important library contribution to an academic institution's research or teaching mission. These print collections have very little use, electronic information forms are preferred, and there is evidence that faculty are becoming more comfortable with remote access and electronic provision. Academic libraries should move to a shared collection model relying on supply services from remote storage facilities or other academic libraries that have declared a commitment to preserve print copies. For a reliable new system of print provision to emerge a network of supply repositories and committed consumer institutions must be established along with a business support infrastructure. Such a model would be more cost-effective, make available valuable campus space and allow libraries to concentrate resources on the provision of services that support teaching and research.
This article describes the development of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Shared Print Repository and the particular role of Indiana University in that development. In addition, the author gives a history of the CIC, a group of twelve research level universities located in the Midwestern section of the United States. The CIC Shared Print Repository is one of many innovative collaborations undertaken by the CIC Center for Library Initiatives. Articulated in the article are the CIC Shared Print Repository goals, core principles, governance structure, and policies. The rationale for taking a centralized approach to the repository is explored. And, the reasons for selecting Indiana University as the first host site for the CIC Shared Print Repository are described. The repository is cited as a rich example of the power of collaboration and cooperation, as envisioned by Indiana University's late President Herman B. Wells, who founded the CIC in the 1950s.
本稿は，Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)による共同紙媒体資料の保存書庫の発展およびその展開におけるインディアナ大学の特別な役割について報告するものである。さらに，CICの歴史，すなわち，米国中西部にある12の研究大学についても触れている。CICの共同保存書庫はCICのCenter for Library Initiativesによる革新的な共同事業の一つである。CIC共同保存書庫の目標，核となる方針，ガバナンス構造と方針について報告し，保存書庫を集中方式とした根拠を述べている。1950年代にCICを設立した故Herman B. Wellsインディアナ大学学長の思いに込められたように，この書庫は協働と協力の力を示す優れた例として言及されている。
The Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) is a distributed, retrospective print journal repository program whose members include 102 academic libraries in 17 states in the western United States. About a dozen WEST Archive Holders (so far) have agreed to retain designated titles through the year 2035 at major library storage facilities and at selected campus locations across the region. A smaller number of Archive Builders agreed to proactively consolidate and validate print journal backfiles to create complete runs. WEST performs a sophisticated holdings comparison annually to prioritize titles for archiving based on risk analysis: the degree of risk determines the level of archiving effort applied to that title. WEST archivers disclose archived holdings in OCLC WorldCat and in CRL's PAPR knowledgebase. WEST is funded by member fees and by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to support archiving efforts by Archive Builders (and other program costs).