CRL and OCLC Hold Forum on "Infrastructure for Shared Print Collections" Project

Monday, November 12, 2018
Amy Wood -

As part of the first phase of work for the project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, "Improving the Infrastructure for Managing Shared Print Collections," staff members from OCLC and CRL met with key stakeholders from the shared print community in Charleston, South Carolina, on November 5, 2018. The event was a full day of focused discussion intended to improve the underlying infrastructure of the OCLC WorldCat database as well as CRL’s Print Archives Preservation Registry (PAPR). Attendees responded to plans for development of batch registration of shared print holdings in PAPR and WorldCat.

Goals for the forum included:

  • A common understanding of what the shared print community wants from Worldcat and PAPR.
  • A vocabulary for the full range of essential data elements needed by shared print program decision making.
  • Determining what information is necessary to enable libraries to evaluate and rank a program's risk level.
  • Agreement on mechanisms for cost-effective gathering of the data.

For more information about the meeting, including notes, please consult the project page.