Shared Print Collections

ASERL members believe that our libraries and institutions are better able to fulfill our individual missions through collaborative programs, and that the benefits of collaborative action can be greater than those provided by the same institutions acting independently. By working together, ASERL members provide and maintain top quality resources and services for the students, faculty, and citizens of their respective communities.

  • The Collaborative Federal Depository Program (CFDP) – Initiated in 2006, the CFDP  furthers the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) objective of increasing cooperation among Regional Depositories; enhancing cooperative training, outreach, service and collection analysis and development activities to improve access to Federal government information for the citizens in the ASERL region.

  • Gold Rush Library Content Comparison – the newest shared print collaboration, initiated in July 2016, brings together twelve ASERL libraries to analyze the uniqueness and overlap of their monograph collections.
  • Reciprocal Reference Pilot Project – Created in 2013, the Reciprocal Reference Pilot represents retention commitments for a small collection of print reference titles that were found to better address complex patron inquiries than electronic reference sources.
  • Scholars Trust – First proposed in the Spring of 2010, the ASERL Journal Retention Program expanded to become Scholars Trust in early 2013, when ASERL and the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) signed an agreement to combine the contents of their respective print journal archives under a single retention and access agreement.  The program includes 38 libraries – plus libraries in the 12 State Universities, the University of Miami as well as the libraries of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida and the Florida College System through FLARE.