Floating Collection: How It Can Work in a Large, Multicampus, Academic Library

ALCTS Webinar: Floating Collection: How It Can Work in a Large, Multicampus, Academic Library

Date: October 2, 2013
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Description: “If our libraries’ collection is ‘one collection, geographically dispersed,’ why do we have to ship books back to the library of origin after they are returned by a patron?” In response to this question, Penn State University Libraries’ began a floating collection pilot program among four campuses. A floating collection is a group of items not housed permanently at one specific library, but instead are shelved in the library where they were most recently discharged.

This webinar will discuss the challenges of making a floating collection feasible within a multicampus environment and its successful implementation at nineteen campus locations. Issues such as deciding which books should float, evaluating shelf space and adapting the concept to the ILS, as well as the discovery of unintended benefits, will be shared.

Learning outcomes: At the end of this session, participants will have a better understanding of:
– the benefits of a floating collection
– steps needed to implement a floating collection in an academic library

Who should attend? Academic libraries with multiple library locations interested in finding new ways to share collections.

Presenters: Barbara Coopey is associate librarian, assistant head for Access Services, and head of Interlibrary Loan for Penn State University Libraries. She oversees all aspects of resource sharing activities conducted on multiple systems among Penn State’s thirty-eight libraries located across twenty-four campuses and the Penn State World Campus. In 2009 she received the ALA Virginia Boucher OCLC ILL Distinguished Librarian Award and in 2012 received the Pennsylvania Library Association Certificate of Merit Award.

Barbara Eshbach, a graduate of Clarion University (MSLS, 2000), is the Head Librarian at Penn State York and a recent participant in the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies. Formerly, she was the reference and instruction librarian at the York campus.

Registration Fees: ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ; Group rate (members/non-members) $99/$129 ; International $43

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