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Medieval Studies

Research Library Cooperative Program

Premiminary Working Draft
Research Library Cooperative Program
Medieval Studies Collections Statement of Principles

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I. Introduction

This agreement attempts to rationalize our acquisitions activities relating to Medieval Studies collections. It aims to extend and deepen the strength of our library collections by focusing acquisitions and development efforts in complementary areas. This cooperative undertaking will allow our libraries to build more extensive collections more systematically, and yet collectively, cost no more to each library than would be possible individually.

This document is not a collection development policy describing the breadth and depth of each library's collecting in support of medieval studies at their separate institutions. This information exists in separate documents. This agreement is a codification of collecting traditions and behavior wherein each institution commits:

  • To maintaining the level of purchasing power needed to satisfy the depth and extent of collecting for the areas and genres specified below.
  • To holding harmless the parties to this agreement in the case of fiscal duress or necessary programmatic change by:
    1. notifying the other parties as soon as possible about any problems which would affect that institution's ability to fulfill its obligation,
    2. maintaining the needed level of spending on the program for a period of twelve months following notification, in order to enable the other parties to adjust their programs and their own spending levels to changing circumstances; and,
    3. agreeing to build up in its own budget over time an escrow account large enough to cover spending on the program for the twelve-month letdown period.

Each institution will notify the other parties if it wishes any change in their areas of collecting as defined by this agreement.

We all recognize the need for each institution to acquire general study and teaching resources for some or all areas covered by this agreement. We also acknowledge the importance of sharing responsibility for in-depth acquisitions at the research level. Cooperative agreements are facilitated by the development of communications technology which makes it possible to share bibliographic information and accelerate interlibrary lending.

A document delivery component, as defined in the broader agreement signed by the University Librarians in December 1997, is also part of this agreement. It stipulates that interlibrary fees will be waived and that individual participants will be able to generate non-mediated interlibrary loan requests.

II. Collections

Collecting responsibility will consist of several components. The symbol <> indicates there remains the potential for mutual savings through closer coordination.

A. Language of materials collected:

Arabic: <> At Stanford the Middle East (ME) curator is primarily responsible for Islam from its rise in the 7 th century, including publications in English and other European languages . The ME selector collects Islamic philosophy at 4W level and Moorish Spain 711-1516 at 3W. (JE)
Catalan:

Berkeley (CP)

Dutch: Berkeley (JS)
German: Berkeley, secondary works for D classes and PT; German, Austrian, and Swiss imprints. (JS)
Hebrew: <> For so many of us the 1998 discussions belong to prehistory, and much has changed since then.  For example -- to take my area of collecting responsibility -- Berkeley now has a bibliographer who collects Hebraica (it didn't in 1998) and Medieval Studies might fit into his program better than ours. In 1998, when Stanford was between Judaica/Hebraica curators, there actually was a faculty member in Jewish Studies who covered the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  That is no longer the case. (ZB)
Portuguese: Berkeley (CP)
Scandinavian languages: Berkeley (JS)
   

B. Topics, Geographical areas, etc.:

Byzantine studies:

<> At Stanford the Art Curator will purchases materials on the art & architecture of the Byzantine and Medieval worlds. We anticipate this will continue to be a strong area of interest within the Dept. of Art & Art History, with Prof. Bissera Pentcheva bringing in Ph.D. students, as well as undergraduate honors thesis students. Graduate and undergraduate courses are taught regularly. Although we concentrate on English and European language material, Prof. Pentcheva requests Slavic and Greek items as well. When she specifically requests such items for Art, we purchase on our funds for Art. We regularly point items to JR and WZ (Religious Studies) as well. UCB Art does have faculty in this area (Early Christian to Medieval --David Wright), and we are in communication with the relevant bibliographer to establish relative program strengths. (PB)

Karen Rondestvedt buys some Byzantine history on her fund for Modern Greek. Purchases are limited to reference works in Greek and material in English and other Western languages, plus major works in Slavic languages. (KR)

Islam to 1500: <> At Stanford the Middle East (ME) curator is primarily responsible for Islam from its rise in the 7 th century, including publications in English and other European languages . The ME selector collects Islamic philosophy at 4W level and Moorish Spain 711-1516 at 3W . The Medieval Studies selector collects some material relating to Islamic connections and influences on Europe, including the crusades and intellectual history.
Scandinavia: Berkeley. (JS)
Low Countries: Berkeley for secondary works only. (JS)
Portugal Berkeley. (CP)


Archaeology: <>
Canon Law: Berkeley, Robbins Collection
Church History (Latin)*: Stanford maintains a strong collection but Berkeley depends/coordinates so thoroughly with GTUL for this material that there is not a great deal for Stanford to work with in trying to increase reliance on UCB for some of this material.
Hagiography (Latin)*: Stanford maintains a strong collection but Berkeley depends/coordinates so thoroughly with GTUL for this material that there is not a great deal for Stanford to work with in trying to increase reliance on UCB for some of this material.
Numismatics: <>
   

C. Series and Sets:

Libraire Droz: Textes litteraires francais; Travaux d'humanisme et renaissance; Biblioth`eque de l'Ecole des hautes etudes, IVe section, Sciences historiques et philologiques; Hautes etudes medievales et modernes; Histoire des idees et critique litteraire; Biblioth`eque de l'Ecole des chartes; Memoires et documents de l'Ecole des chartes; Kolner romanistische Arbeiten; Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure; Bulletin du Cange; archivum latinitatis medii aevi ...; Bibliotheca Helvetica Romana; Biblioth`eque de la Faculte de Philosophie et Lettres de l'Universite de Liege; Romanica gandensia Stanford (SS)
Corpus Christianorum Thesaurus Patrum Graecorum : Berkeley (JS)

III. Library Services

The circulating collections of each library will be available for lending to program participants either through on-site visits or through interlibrary loans.

Document delivery will follow the stipulations agreed upon by the University Librarians on December 15, 1997 as stated in the document: "Research Library Cooperative Program, Statement of Principles." These will include fee waivers for interlibrary loans, and a standard borrower's card accepted by all three libraries. Card holders will have the same circulation and service privileges afforded to graduate students and to academic staff and faculty at the lending institution. The Circulation Units of the three libraries win define relevant regulations and procedures.

IV. Evaluation

V. Digitization

Selectors will develop cooperative digital projects of benefit to the three libraries and the Medieval community in general.

VI. Implementation

Implementation of this agreement will start on x/x/x.

VII. Conclusion

Areas that need further detailed discussion before including them in the agreement are consideration of the many archaeological and local history reviews and the various record society publications, e.g. Canterbury and York Society, etc.

Rationalization of collection development in the context of cooperative agreements is an important way of addressing the reality of decreasing resources for library materials. This agreement is an attempt to ensure, well into the future, adequate research materials. The University Librarians are committed to making this agreement work by providing for budgetary adjustments when needed.

Originally compiled by AnnMarie Mitchell and John Rawlings, 29 Dec. 1998
Rev. January, 2009

AG: Adan Griego, Stanford Curator Latin American & Iberia
CP: Claude Potts, UCB Librarian for Romance Languages
JE: John Eilts, Stanford Curator for Middle East Collection
JR: John Rawlings, Stanford Medieval Studies
JS: James Spohrer, UCB Librarian for the Germanic Collections
KR: Karen Rondestvedt, Stanford Curator for Slavic & East European
NA: Nathalie Auerbach, Stanford Bibliographer for for Germanic Collections
PB: Peter Blank, Stanford Art Librarian
SS: Sarah Sussman, Stanford Curator for French & Italian
WZ: Wojciech Zalewski, Stanford Religious Studies Bibliographer

additional actions

10/2010 SUL will not continue Medieval Archaeology in 2011 and will rely on UCB copy. Permanent link http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/record=b12903634~S58

Last modified: October 1, 2010

     
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