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Print Retention Task Force Final Report Available

Beginning in 2009, the GMR staff held a series of small group conversations with Resource Library Directors in the region.  One of the issues that came out of these meetings was the need for a coordinated print journal retention effort within the region.  A Task Force was appointed in September 2010 to gather data about library space pressures, print journal cancellation concerns, and related collection issues.  Many of you participated in a print retention questionnaire that was sent out in March 2011.

The Task Force has completed its work and we are making the Task Force Final Report available to all Network members. The main recommendation of the Task Force is that “the National Library of Medicine should take a leadership role in convening a national group representative of all its regions to explore the issues of shared print retention for both serials and monographs.”

Print retention will be a topic of discussion for the Regional Medical Libraries at the MLA meeting in Minneapolis and we anticipate that we will be communicating more about this topic in the months and years to come.

Read the report.

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