OhioLINK Cooperative Information Resources Management Committee (CIRM) Statement of Assumptions & Objectives for Cooperative Collection Development [rev. 7/16/93] As academic programs develop in response to new technological, economic, social, and intellectual priorities, libraries are required to respond to ever-expanding demands for information resources. At the same time, it is increasingly difficult to maintain support of existing academic programs in the state. The costs of intellectual resources are increasing at a much higher rate than are either the Consumer Price Index or book and serial budgets; for example, OhioLINK libraries saw price increases of 12% or more between fiscal 92 and fiscal 93 while library budgets decreased an average of 18%. This is not a new phenomenon: Since 1988, Ohio's state-assisted universities have been forced to cancel approximately 9,214 serials subscriptions ($2,097,000). While this allows libraries to maintain static materials budgets, it does not allow them to continue the same level of acquisitions in support of existing programs or to respond to new and expanding needs nor to respond to new and expanding curricular needs. The shared OhioLINK catalog, including order records, will enable member libraries to make more efficient decisions on materials to be acquired, decreasing the duplication of little-used materials and increasing the acquisition of both unique and heavily-used titles. Essentially, OhioLINK will provide access to more than 14,000,000 volumes. An estimated 55% of these volumes represent titles where only a single copy is available at one of the OhioLINK institutions. The percentage of duplication among OhioLINK institutions is much lower than originally projected at the beginning of OhioLINK's development. Based on the shared catalog, cooperative collection agreements can be more effectively established among various institutions based on curricular and research needs. OhioLINK will also provide mechanisms for the mounting of shared databases providing for more cost effective identification and delivery of information resources to faculty and students. ASSUMPTIONS: 1. Cooperative collection development will increase access to information resources for OhioLINK member institutions and their constituents. More effective access to information can be achieved through joint efforts. 2. There is a fundamental shift from ownership to access and ownership. Cost of intellectual resources (whether purchased or accessed) will continue to increase. 3. Information resources are expanding exponentially both in number and in kind. 4. Increasing the breadth of information access through OhioLINK will allow member institutions to increase depth of information in support of local institutional programs as well as programs across the state. 5. Document delivery (both electronic and physical) is a key element to the success of cooperative collection development efforts. 6. In order to carry out necessary collection and use analyses, OhioLINK must have adequate statistical tools. Only in this way will OhioLINK be able to adequately identify related and complementary collections and identify the need to improve specific collections in relation to use. A major assumption is that collection and use data will be available, as well as appropriate statistical analysis tools. OBJECTIVES: 1. Maximize limited fiscal resources statewide. Expand intellectual resources by cooperative measures. 2. Enhance access to expanded intellectual resources for all OhioLINK constituents. 3. Develop models for analyzing collections and use in order to make informed decisions.
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