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Academic libraries in New York State have benefited from Coordinated Collection Development Aid, meant to support resource sharing, since 1981. In recent years, dwindling academic library budgets have increased the need to utilize funds effectively. Patrons already benefit from the connection between resource sharing and collection development, where ILL is important and shared collections are valued. A need existed to connect the dots between library collection development and resource sharing cooperatives, where the strength of resource sharing groups is the strength of the combined, diversified collections of its members.

The poster will describe a project to develop and use technology to assist in true coordinated collection development. The poster will describe the need, illustrate the proposed solution, outline the implementation and hopes for the future, and invite participants (beginning with IDS Project libraries and growing in the future) to come along.

The first phase of the project will be to create a tool (within ILLiad) to develop collections reactively, by matching patron loan requests with a corresponding library’s collection strengths. This tool will connect different systems together through a hosted web interface. These systems will provide the data required for multiple library departments to use in order to begin to achieve coordinated collection development. This project adds to existing movement toward coordinated collection development by amplifying the communication provided seamlessly within current systems. The success of the project will be measured by the number of project participants as well as by the number of communication transactions.

This project is (partially) supported by Regional Bibliographic Databases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program funds which are administered by the Rochester Regional Library Council.


Presented at the Western New York / Ontario Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Fall Conference: Assessment in Action, in Rochester, New York, October 30, 2015.

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