GNARP Collection Development


The Collection Development Working Group explores ways of increasing bibliographic and full-text (both remote and physical) access for North American research libraries, including but not restricted to selection of monographic and serial publications, in all publication formats, from the German-speaking countries of Europe.

Current Activities

GNARP’s Collection Development Working Group encourages its members to add their German language newspaper holdings to the WESS wiki German-Language Newspaper Access in North America.

This Working Group also facilitates consortial licenses to many of the products listed on the Electronic Resources page.


Collecting German-language materials poses unique challenges for North American research libraries. Since not even the largest institutions have ever been able to approach a comprehensive acquisitions program for German-language resources, libraries have been unable to satisfy the working needs of scholars with their own collections.

Even those libraries traditionally relying on cooperative collection development programs and interlibrary loan have fallen short of their own goals. For these reasons the Collection Development Working Group, in meeting the challenges of German-language bibliography, will focus its efforts on promoting a higher level of interinstitutional and transatlantic cooperation, supported by new and emerging technologies.

Getting Involved

The Collection Development Working Group’s Meeting Minutes and other information related to the ongoing work of the Working Group may be found in the Collection Development Working Group Workspace.

The Collection Development Working Group Workspace is a wiki tool that members can access to review and edit or add content.  It is open only to GNARP Members.  Contact the CRL representative for information on access to the Workspace.

To join the Collection Development Working Group, contact the CRL representative and provide your full name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation.