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Friday, November 8 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Too Little is Not Enough

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The Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries (CUWL) provides a forum and structure for library information planning within the University of Wisconsin System. The Council represents UW libraries on 13 two-year campuses, 11 four-year campuses and two research campuses and engages in activities such as cooperative planning and purchasing, materials delivery, training, and more. The Council’s shared collection development budget has remained flat for a number of years and inflationary increases have forced cutbacks. That materialsbudget is administered by CUWL’s Collection Development Committee (CDC).

The CDC has created and maintained a shared electronic collection for almost 15 years. In order to continue collaborating, and expand resources the CDC is looking at alternative and innovative ways to increase flexibility and expand buying power in spite of years of flat budgets. As a part of that process CUWL and the CDC are reviewing: resource sharing patterns among libraries, purchasing habits across the system, traditional materials delivery services, overlap studies, the benefits and drawbacks of cooperative purchasing, bill back models for shared collections, budget realignment, and the group is taking a fresh look at how they do business. The presenters will share methods for system-wide data analysis, techniques for getting all functional areas involved in the collection and analysis of data, and they'll discuss how to leverage that data to make forward thinking decisions. The group is encouraged by how well received this work has been and by new opportunities for innovation and collaboration.


Susan Mitchell

Library Program Manager, University of Wisconsin System Administration
Susan is a native of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State and has spent most of her career in academic libraries. She was the Head of Technical Services and Coordinator of Library Assessment at the University of Alaska Anchorage before moving south and accepting a job with the... Read More →

Janet Padway

Assistant Director of Libraries-Collection and Resource Management, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Libraries

Joan Robb

Coordinator of Collection Management, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, Cofrin Library

Friday November 8, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Room 227, Addlestone Library 205 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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