DUBLIN, Ohio, 4 May 2017—The University System of Maryland & Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium, which comprises 17 college and university libraries in Maryland, has selected OCLC Sustainable Collection Services to analyze and inform decision-making about managing print collections among its member libraries.
With historical roots in the state's public university system, the USMAI Library Consortium now includes libraries of both public and private institutions in Maryland. The consortium provides unified, cost effective and creative approaches to acquiring, managing and sharing information and knowledge resources.
"We are working with SCS to conduct an analysis to create future opportunities for greater coordinated print collections management among our 17 libraries," said Chuck Thomas, USMAI Executive Director. "USMAI has a long history of extensive sharing of our collective print collections. The SCS reports and GreenGlass decision-making tools will provide opportunities for the USMAI libraries to better understand our overall print collections strengths, uniqueness, and similarities to other libraries' print holdings."
SCS GreenGlass, a web-based analysis application, will support USMAI in assessing the print collections of all USMAI member libraries and informing decisions around storage, retention, and sharing.
"USMAI member libraries each bring different strengths to the consortium," said Rick Lugg, Executive Director, OCLC Sustainable Collection Services. "GreenGlass will enable USMAI to visualize and model those strengths in a group-wide view of their print holdings, and to manage those holdings collaboratively. We look forward to working with these libraries to ensure that they are getting the most out of their individual collections, and that they can fully realize the benefits of their shared collection."
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.