Infrastructure for Shared Print Collections

The Center for Research Libraries will work with OCLC on a two year grant (July 2018-July 2020) from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to  make accessible actionable data for shared print serials management. The plan will build on the underlying infrastructure of the OCLC WorldCat database and CRL’s Print Archives Preservation Registry (PAPR), enabling registration of print serial retention commitments in WorldCat while supporting further development of CRL's capability to collect and manage serial holdings data in PAPR. This initiative will accomodate new content and processses for archiving print serials.


Community Input

A vital element of this effort is feedback from all interested parties. Please use this survey form to ask questions and comment on the project.


Shared Print Advisory Board

OCLC has convened a Shared Print Advisory Group that will meet every 1-2 months. The group will hold discussions on complex topics that require further thought. Representatives encouraged to reach out to other SME's when needed.


Program Last First Program Last First
EAST Amato Sara ReCap Bogus Ian
ASERL Burger John COPPUL Brigham Doug
Scholars Trust Cole-Bennett Cheryle BTAA Crist Rebecca
WRLC Jacobs Mark WRLC Krebeck Aaron
EAST/MSCC Revitt Matthew FLARE Walker Ben
CRL Waltz Marie HathiTrust Weltin Heather
SCELC Wobbe Linda WEST Wohlers Allison
CRL Wood Amy


Meeting Dates

  • March 12, 2019 Introductions & project goals 

  • April 9, 2019 PAPR data elements & API  

  • May 16, 2019  Review Workflows & Advisory Board Topics

  • August 20, 2019 Change Control

  • Oct 15, 2019 Second Symbol Discussion

  • Feb 19, 2020 Shared print commitments in

  • April 29, 2020  Testing, API and final release plan

Community Meetings

    OCLC will hold virtual status community updates every 2-3 months. These meetings are open to anyone with an interest. Meetings will be recorded to allow for later viewing. Discussions will be limited due to time considerations.

    Meeting Dates

    News and Information

    Charleston Meeting 11/5/2018
    OCLC Slides || Notes

    CRL webinar to provide more information on the project, July 31, 2018. 
    Webex Recording || Slides 

    OCLC Press Release, June 24, 2018 

    OCLC Shared Print Strategy webpage