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No Substantial Penalty for Withdrawal: The PALCI Shared Print Journal Archive

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No Substantial Penalty for Withdrawal: The PALCI Shared Print Journal Archive Sharon Wiles-Young, Christy Roysdon, John Barnett Abstract: The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI) has developed a shared print archive, an archive that promises to maintain for a 10-year period commonly held but rarely used print journals from noted scientific society publishers. The goals for this collaborative project are to ensure access to commonly held print journal titles, to allow libraries to withdraw materials, to re-purpose valuable space in individual libraries, and to share the responsibility of storing print titles at individual institutions instead of requiring a centralized storage facility. This paper discusses the grassroots origins for this project and the process decisions involved in turning the archive from vision into reality. Issues relating to preservation, access services, serials management, collection development, and library contractual agreements are discussed. Keywords: Journals, Scientific journals, Collection Management, Library consortium, Electronic journals, Library storage projects The proliferation of electronic collections, combined with limited or reduced shelf space, has prompted academic libraries to critically review their print collections. Librarians are asked to make quick decisions about deselecting print collections, especially journal collections. Reliance on electronic journal backfiles coupled with a cooperative print journal preservation program offers one possible approach. The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI), a consortium of libraries in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New Jersey, has developed such a program for a set of significant science titles. PALCI consists of more than 70 academic and research libraries, public and private, located primarily in Pennsylvania, along with several member institutions in New Jersey and West Virginia. The consortium was originally founded by 35 institutions in 1996 to foster library cooperati

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