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Author: Danielle Watters Westbrook

WEST starts Archive Cycle 5!

WEST is pleased to announce that work is already underway for Archive Cycle 5! Currently, members are providing files of library journal holdings data for the fifth round of collection analysis. Each year, WEST members provide their holdings for regional

WEST invites title nominations for deep backfiles to hold in place

Does your library have a deep print journal backfile you would be willing to archive in place on behalf of the region? WEST would like to invite member libraries to nominate moderately held deep backfiles for archiving in place. This

WEST Strategic Planning Progress – Initial Recommendations for Change, 2016 and beyond

On June 3rd, the WEST Executive Committee and Operations and Collections Council convened to review member feedback from the recent program assessment and plan for WEST’s future beyond 2016. A final report with outcomes from that meeting is available on

WEST Update Delivered at Member Meeting at ALA Annual 2014

The ALA Annual WEST Member Meeting took place on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in LVCC-N120. Following a presentation from the WEST Project Team, we had an excellent Q&A session. Thank you to everyone who joined us! If you were unable to attend, please

Emily Stambaugh speaks on “Moving Shared Print to the Network Level” at ALA Annual 2014

The ALA Annual 2014 Print Archive Network (PAN) meeting on June 27 was followed by a session titled, “Looking to the Future of Shared Print,” co-sponsored by the Maine Shared Collections Strategy (MSCS) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

Roles and Responsibilities of an Archive Holder

WEST is excited to invite more members to act as Archive Holders this cycle. WEST believes strongly in the importance of the distributed model for serials print archiving. WEST currently has 20 Archive Holders and will invite 40 more members

WEST member meeting this Sunday

The ALA Annual WEST Member Meeting is happening this Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 1-2:30 pm in LVCC-N120. Thank you to everyone who has already RSVP’d! If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, there is still time! You can RSVP to our poll

WEST Program Assessment: survey results released

In Spring 2014, WEST conducted a program assessment of its first three years. The assessment included a survey of all WEST members to collect valuable feedback about member views and priorities for the existing program. Many WEST members participated in the

WEST welcomes additional Archive Holders for cycle 4

In Archive Cycle 4, WEST will invite approximately 60 current members to participate as Archive Holders in the distributed archive; during previous cycles, approximately 20 members participated as Archive Holders. These institutions will be asked to archive low risk titles

WEST Phase 2 Systems Development Update

WEST is currently developing additional systems functions to support archiving activities, including a graphical user interface (or “dashboard”) to the existing print journal collections analysis system. The collections analysis system facilitates regional/group decision-making about “what to archive next?” among a