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ABEU libraries propose cooperative collection development to combat increasing costs

Directors of the Association of Big Eight University (ABEU) libraries and other regional research libraries met at Kansas State University, Manhattan, on May 1—2. The meeting focused on the growing inability of individual research libraries to purchase publications needed on campus by researchers and students. The group proposed implementation of a regional library cooperative with ABEU Libraries as the nucleus to share resources among the research libraries of the region. Such a strategy would shift the emphasis from acquisition of publications by individual libraries to sharing of materials via an improved access and delivery system.

Participating in the meeting were Owen Cylke, president of ABEU, and representatives of all the libraries of universities participating in ABEU (University of Colorado, University of Nebraska, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Missouri, Iowa State University). Other participants represented the University of Arkansas, University of New Mexico, and Linda Hall Library of Kansas City, Missouri.

The proposed programmatic basis of the regional cooperative includes providing detailed information about the serial holdings of participating libraries, by implementing a regional ŌCLC union list of serials, and the rapid delivery of materials by using fax technology. This will allow transmission of optically scanned and digitized copies of documents from microcomputer to microcomputer (and finally to a printer) via Internet. Cooperating libraries will also propose to enhance document delivery by implementing a one- to two-day overland courier system using a commercial courier service.

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