Three strategic action pilots have been launched this spring to test and expand shared collection management services. As the UC Libraries’ new advisory structure is implemented, these pilot projects will transition to the oversight of Strategic Action Group 3: Collection Building & Management.
In addition, with CoUL approval of the development of a UC Libraries Digital Collection systemwide service, including endorsement of the technical model as proposed by NGTS POT 1, that project will also be transitioned into the new structure. The California Digital Library (CDL) will assume immediate responsibility for creating an implementation project team with oversight under Strategic Action Group 2: Access, Discovery & Infrastructure.
Pilot Project 1: Systemwide Consortial Shelf Ready Plan
UC Riverside is leading a pilot to investigate a consortial shelf ready contract with YBP Library Services (Baker & Taylor). If sufficient cost savings cannot be achieved, the team will investigate opportunities for other consortial shelf ready arrangements of print collections.
The team held a launch meeting with the NGTS Management Team in early May. They have identified campus contacts, as well as a CDL negotiator and the YBP representative to engage in discussions.
Pilot Project 2: Cooperative Cataloging of Non-print Formats (Audio CDs)
UC San Diego is leading a project to investigate the cost effectiveness of consolidating the cataloging of audio CDs at a single campus, as compared to the costs of vendors’ cataloging services.
The team has announced the project to UC music librarians and catalogers. They are currently developing a vendor proposal, including draft standards for catalog records.
Pilot Project 3: Expanded UC Shared Cataloging of Electronic Resources
UC Irvine is leading a pilot to extend the workflows employed by the Shared Cataloging Program (SCP) at UCSD to other UC campuses for selected Tier 1 or Tier 2 resources. The project team will also develop mechanisms to identify common locally licensed resources and to test the application of the SCP workflows and processes to resources which are licensed by more than one UC campus.
Thus far, the UCI team has reviewed and adapted current SCP workflows and procedures for use at UCI and begun processing one file of records.
UC Libraries Digital Collection: Project Team Launched
The implementation team has been launched and project plans for the major components of the service are being developed. Information about the implementation is publicly available at: