Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

History Librarians Discussion Group. (History News: History Section)

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

History Librarians Discussion Group. (History News: History Section)

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The topic of the session at Midwinter Meeting was "Cooperative Collection Development in History." The discussion took as its point of departure the presentation on the subject by Jim Niessen and Susanne Roberts at the Aberdeen Woods conference in 1999, which was published in Collection Management in 2000 and is also available online at www.crl. uchicago.edu/info/awccconf/Atlanta %20Papers/texyale5.htm.

What has changed since then, and what has stayed the same? Several papers at that conference detailed effective cooperative work in the acquisition and sharing of foreign language and area studies materials, and such programs have continued to grow. Consortial deals for databases were a widespread trend then and now, but now affect history more than previously. The trend for more primary historical material to go online has intensified, either on free Web sites or in commercial products that may be licensed consortially.

A major new trend is distributed searching of local OPACs with unmediated patron borrowing. David Lincove of Ohio State detailed the operation of OhioLink direct borrowing, and Roberts reported on the use of BorrowDirect at Yale, which links users there to Columbia, Penn, Cornell, and Dartmouth. Analogous arrangements are the CIC (Big Ten)'s VEL, Pennsylvania's PALCI, Washington's Cascade, and distributed searching among the Research Triangle and Arizona University libraries. Colleagues reported that a sine qua non for effective operation is a fast turnaround time: two days in the Research Triangle, and four days for OhioLink and BorrowDirect. …

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