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Call for Participation for NISO CCLIP Consortia Working Group

Call for Participation for NISO CCLIP Consortia Working Group

June 2024

The IMLS-funded Collaborative Collections Lifecycle Project (CCLP) and its associated Collaborative Collections Lifecycle Infrastructure Project (CCLIP) continue to build greater community collaboration in smart collection management and promote access to collections by improving institutional efficiency through partnership. The CCLP seeks to overcome serious barriers to broader implementations of cooperative collections management, including the lack of available vendor-neutral interoperable systems, adequate governance and decision-making frameworks, and assessment tools. 

The CCLIP Recommended Practice, feeding CCLP efforts, will document exchange protocols that describe gathering, normalizing, and exchanging holdings information, contractual information, retention obligations, and usage data. It will also describe the aggregation of library staff and subject matter expertise, local and group-based insights, and the publisher/marketplace information necessary to support collaborative decisions at the local and cross-institutional levels. The Recommended Practice will also explore assessment processes among partner institutions, provide definitions, describe personas, and outline their related workflows. 

NISO is now seeking volunteers for the first group in the third and final cohort of CCLIP working groups – Consortia. 

The Consortia working group is responsible for developing community-driven guidance on consortial needs, best practices, and workflows related to the cooperative collections lifecycle. This group aims to facilitate support for identifying collaborative collections opportunities and shared priorities across its libraries, focusing on prospective collections building in an opt-in consortial model. Working regularly with the other CCLIP working groups, the Consortia Working Group will examine CCLP user stories that focus on the unique opportunities that consortia of different types offer to collaborating institutions with respect to all areas of the prospective collections lifecycle activities. 

This working group will articulate best practices, data collection needs and challenges, and pinpoint key opportunities for libraries, publishers, and vendors operating within consortial and interconsortial environments, particularly in scenarios where collaborations are optional or opt-in.

This working group will meet virtually via Zoom twice a month for one-hour meetings. Volunteers can expect about 2–3 hours of offline work per month in addition to meetings. Working group members will be expected to collect or create reference materials, analyze them through discussion, and collaboratively draft new outputs as part of their tasks. Working groups may develop additional methods or tools to support project outputs.  More details about the scope of the working group are available here. 

We are looking for volunteers with diverse backgrounds and expertise, including librarians, publishers, and vendors, who are interested in developing community-driven guidance on consortial needs and best practices related to the cooperative collections lifecycle. 

Please send a short email with a sentence or two describing your interest to