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Five Colleges, Inc., press release   Date: 8/17/11 Bookmark and Share

Illinois CARLI Schools Become Affiliate Members of the Five College Library Depository

Five Colleges, Incorporated, is pleased to announce that the member schools of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) have become affiliate members of the Five College Library Depository.

Managed by the Five College consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the Five College Library Depository is a trusted repository of persistent print collections. The Depository collection consists of a single paper copy, shared by the consortium, of the journals of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the American Psychological Association and the Institute of Physics, as well as those journals included in JSTOR and Project Muse. The online issues of these publications and many others are available for Five College users through a variety of e-journal providers.

"The Five College Librarians welcome CARLI’s participation in our shared print depository,” says Jay Schafer, chair of the Five College Librarians Council and director of libraries at UMass. “This alliance assures that CARLI’s member schools and their users will have ongoing access to the legacy print collections which are safely housed in the Depository."

CARLI—the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois—represents nearly every higher education library in Illinois, serving over 850,000 higher education faculty, staff, and students. Products and services available to CARLI members include the I-Share integrated library system, the Illinois Library Delivery Service, E-resources licensing, digital collections, statewide collections awards and programs, and continuing education opportunities.

“Limited space and the maintenance of aging library collections are urgent concerns of all CARLI libraries,” said Susan Singleton, executive director of CARLI. “Our small and mid-sized libraries, in particular, are facing growing pressure to reallocate their space to serve their immediate curriculum and research needs. Our membership in the Five Colleges Depository provides valuable access to these legacy print collections, while ensuring that our members can focus on providing local collections that best serve their patrons’ needs."

Affiliate members of the Five College Library Depository can make local collection management decisions while relying with confidence on access to the print copies in the Depository collection. As members, they have access to print journal issues and volumes should the electronic version be unavailable or unsuitable for research use. Members may also deposit paper copies of issues and volumes that complement the Depository’s current holdings. With CARLI’s 152 member schools joining as Consortium Affiliate Members, the Five College Library Depository now serves 179 academic and research libraries in meeting their print repository needs—174 affiliates plus the five members of Five Colleges. In March, the Depository welcomed the Tripod Library Consortium as members.

“While associate members may offer to contribute materials to the shared Depository collection that do not duplicate current holdings, we believe that we have adequate capacity for our own holdings and any others we choose to accept from our associate members.” says Neal Abraham, executive director of Five Colleges, Incorporated.

The Five College consortium has been formally incorporated since 1965, but its members have an even longer history of library collaborations, dating to the 1950s when the Hampshire Inter-Library Consortium was formed with single joint subscriptions to research journals housed at whichever library had spare shelves and an interlibrary messenger system. Currently the Five College online library catalog provides access to some 8 million volumes in the separate and shared collections. The Five College consortium serves 36,000 students and 2200 faculty members, and it supports 6000 student cross-registrations annually, 30 shared faculty appointments, 2 joint academic departments, 13 academic certificates, and a number of shared administrative positions. Five Colleges, Incorporated, owns and operates for its members a private high speed fiber optic network connected to Internet2 service. Read more information at Five Colleges, Inc. online.

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