[Eril-l] NISO Awarded IMLS Grant for Collaborative Collections Lifecycle Project

NISO Announce niso-announce at niso.org
Tue Aug 2 08:00:46 PDT 2022

**Apologies for cross posting**

Baltimore, MD, August 2, 2022: The National Information Standards
Organization (NISO), the Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration &
Innovation (PALCI), and Lehigh University Libraries, along with 27 other
partner organizations, have been awarded a National Leadership Grant for
Libraries <https://www.imls.gov/grants/awarded/lg-252384-ols-22> by the
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a Collaborative
Collections Lifecycle Project (CCLP). The CCLP will create a suite of best
practices, improve standards, and prototype middleware infrastructure for
the development and management of cooperative collections development. It
aims to enable the efficient acquisition of collections and the sharing of
those collections, along with related services, by developing a framework
that libraries and consortia can use to share expertise, data, and
collections to efficiently steward limited resources in serving library

Networks of libraries have a long tradition of working together to expand
their resources and provide more complete coverage through sharing of
resources. A variety of models have been developed over the years and, more
recently, larger networks of institutions have explored wider adoption of
cooperative collections management. However, a number of infrastructure
barriers to wider implementation remain, which CCLP seeks to address; they
include a lack of interoperable systems and data exchange, governance and
decision-making frameworks, and measurement and assessment tools. Improving
this strategic infrastructure will particularly benefit libraries and their
constituencies with historically underrepresented and underserved
communities, as well as those with less-resourced collections budgets. It
will enable a greater degree of collaboration, empowerment, and access to
shared and unique local resources.

CCLP’s deliverables include: convening a Collaborative Collections
Community for the development of a shared vision and infrastructure needs;
development of a community-based governance structure and project plan;
identification of existing standards to support open data sharing across
organizations, and creation of new ones; and development of interoperable,
open source software middleware and applications based on this open
standards architecture, to support the flow of data and information about
disparate library collections.

“We are very grateful to IMLS for their support of the Collaborative
Collections Lifecycle Project,” said Todd Carpenter, NISO’s Executive
Director. “NISO has a deep commitment to bringing diverse stakeholders in
the information community together to solve shared problems. IMLS’s funding
of CCLP will help our community take an important step toward building the
infrastructure needed to support a cooperative, collaborative, and
equitable approach to resource-sharing between libraries.”

Boaz Nadav Manes, Lehigh’s University Librarian and CCLP initiative lead
said, “We are extremely excited about IMLS’s generous support of this
project. We thank our partners NISO and PALCI, as well as other consortia,
providers, publishers, individual libraries, and contributors, for their
leadership and in-kind assistance in realizing together innovative ways, by
which collaborative visions and strategies can finally meet daily
operational realities in the area of prospective collection building.”

Jill Morris, PALCI Executive Director added, “Today's higher education
ecosystem makes collaboration in libraries more essential than ever in
serving our communities, and consortia need the tools and infrastructure
described in this project plan to collaborate efficiently across diverse
institutions. We are proud to bring PALCI’s scale, expertise, and strategic
focus on innovation in partnering on this initiative, as it promises to
address the long-standing challenges we face, and will ultimately improve
our ability to be highly effective stewards of shared resources.”

For more information about the Collaborative Collections Lifecycle Project,
please visit the project website
Additionally, a project briefing on the CCLP was given at the CNI
conference last December, and a video of that presentation
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfErQw27qpA> is available on CNI’s YouTube
channel. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum
and Library Services LG-252384-OLS-22.

About NISO

Based in Baltimore, MD, NISO’s mission is to build knowledge, foster
discussion, and advance authoritative standards development through
collaboration among the cultural, scholarly, scientific, and professional
communities. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages with libraries,
publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support
learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization,
management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting
communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information
standards. NISO is a nonprofit association accredited by the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO
website (https://niso.org) or contact us at nisohq at niso.org.


PALCI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization, which originated in
1996 as the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc., a grassroots
federation of 35 academic libraries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Known today as the Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration and
Innovation, the PALCI membership now consists of more than 70 academic and
research libraries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and West
Virginia. PALCI’s mission is to enable cost-effective and sustainable
access to information resources and services for academic libraries in
Pennsylvania and surrounding states. PALCI is well known for its
highly-regarded EZBorrow consortial ILL service. PALCI members partner to
serve over 800,000 students, faculty, and staff, with a particular focus on
collaborative collections programs, resource sharing services, and
innovative technology projects and approaches to library services. For more
information contact jill at palci.org or visit https://palci.org.

About Lehigh University Libraries

Lehigh University Libraries is a private research library located in
Bethlehem, PA and is at the center of intellectual life on the Lehigh
University campus. Lehigh Libraries are committed to support our global and
local communities with learning, teaching, and research, and to connect our
talented and expert proffesionals and wide-ranging resources to assist with
individual learning needs. Lehigh Libraries partner to create welcoming
spaces and innovative shared infrastructures to foster just, equitable, and
inclusive communities. For more information contact bon219 at lehigh.edu or
visit https://library.lehigh.edu.
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