CARLI Schools Become Affiliate Members of the Five College
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
“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.
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