College Libraries, Resource Provision, and a Collective Collection

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT April 11, 2013

Robert Kieft, College Librarian at Occidental College, shares his broad experience in collaborations among college libraries and insights about specific projects underway at Occidental and elsewhere. The seminar will focus on how college libraries are planning their collection programs as the print-to-electronic transition proceeds. (Times EDT)

The availability of electronic text, developments within resource-sharing consortia of collection-building and -archiving collectives, and the pressure to reallocate space from housing print materials define a dynamic set of uncertainties and changes for college libraries. Location, local circumstances, preferences on the part of students and faculty, and lack of strong state or regional programs in which to participate also condition how a college views the future of resource provision for its campus. Part of our continuing series on the Future of the Liberal Arts College Library, this session will consider how college libraries are planning their collection programs as the print-to-electronic transition proceeds and what the future might hold.


Prior to becoming College Librarian at Occidental College in 2008, Robert Kieft worked at Haverford College, where he was most recently Director of College Information Resources and Librarian of the College. From 1974-1988, Dr. Kieft worked at the Stanford University Libraries in public services and collection development. A member of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), he has held a number of positions in that section and in RUSA; he is currently on the executive committee of a discussion group within the Modern Language Association (Libraries and Research in Languages and Literatures) and on the Executive Board of the Western Regional Storage Trust.

Dr. Kieft was General Editor of American Library Association’s Guide to Reference from 2000-2009 and has published articles and reviews in Choice, ARBA, College and Research Libraries, Reference Services Quarterly, and Reference Services Review. While in Pennsylvania, he pursued interests in cooperative-collections work in the TriCollege Consortium (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges); as a board member of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries; and as a board member and convener of a task force on cooperative-collection initiatives in the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. In 2010, he helped plan and conduct “Toward a Cloud Collection: Designing a National Framework to Manage Monographs,” a LYRISIS project funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He is also founder with Bernie Reilly, President of the Center for Research Libraries, of a group that meets informally at ALA to discuss issues related to cooperative collections. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and an M.L.I.S. from the University of California, Berkeley.

About the Future of the Liberal Arts College Library series

The Future of the Liberal Arts College Library seminar series is part of NITLE’s continuing effort to engage members of the NITLE Network in conversation around this important topic. Over the course of the year, the series will bring librarians, faculty, and interested others from NITLE’s member campuses together to explore principal elements: What is the future of the liberal arts? the future of the liberal arts college? the future of the library? 

By asking these questions, exploring potential answers, and engaging stakeholders from across the NITLE Network in sharing their diverse perspectives, we prepare the groundwork for moving on to the next step: joint and individual action. These discussions are aimed at inspiring and guiding us in strategically crafting campus policy that supports intra- and inter-campus collaborative connections. Ideas generated and feedback gathered via this seminar series will inform development of NITLE Shared Libraries.

Because broad engagement across diverse viewpoints is key to developing strategies that are actually effective in the long run, we encourage stakeholders from member campuses to participate regularly in this seminar series, recruit campus colleagues to join the discussion, and to use seminar discussions as fuel for ongoing conversation on campus.

Series Hashtag

Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts on Twitter via this series’ hashtag: #LAClibrary.


Faculty, librarians, instructional technologists, and others from the NITLE Network are invited to attend: attendance by institutional teams is strongly encouraged. Individuals are also welcome to participate.

Please register online by Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Participation in NITLE Shared Academics events is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.


For more information about this event please, contact Sean Johnson Andrews at

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