The Collection Management Initiative is a UC-wide research project
funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
From October 2001 through September 2002, selected print journals
in UC libraries for which electronic access was available through
the California Digital Library were temporarily removed from the
During the study, researchers relied primarily on the electronic
version of these journals. If a researcher needed to consult the
print version, the volume was temporarily brought back for use or
a photocopy was provided.
Usage data has been gathered, and researcher experiences and preferences
are being assessed.
After evaluating the study results, the University will use what
has been learned to develop strategies, policies and programs for
the future management of library collections consisting of both
digital and print formats.
Study the behavior and attitudes of users when selected print
journals for which electronic access is provided are temporarily
relocated elsewhere and primary use is of the electronic version.
Document the change in usage of digital and print versions
of selected journal titles when print is relocated to storage.
Document the costs incurred and avoided in maintaining selected
journal titles for which electronic access is provided when
paper copies of the journals are relocated to a storage facility
and primary use is of the electronic version.
Assess the institutional implications for library organization
and operations, including consultation and decision-making processes,
facilities planning, capital budgeting, systems and resource
Identify potential opportunities for further development and/or
institutional collaboration arising from the practices tested
(e.g., expanded preservation/conservation treatment, collaborative
archival storage agreements with peer institutions and so forth).