The library directors of Central College, Drake University, Grand View University, Grinnell College and Simpson College announced the formation of the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI-CCI) in the summer of 2013. The directors signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the initiative. The group met again in early August 2013 to begin to develop print retention scenarios.
CI-CCI welcomed the University of Northern Iowa in November 2014 as a sixth member, and in late 2019, both Buena Vista University and St. Ambrose University joined the collaborative.
CI-CCI has four immediate goals:
- To responsibly reduce the size of local print collections by reducing duplication among the participating libraries so that library space may be freed up for other uses.
- To create and maintain a distributed, shared collection of these titles to ensure that circulating copies of them are retained within the group.
- To coordinate acquisitions with the goal of developing a shared collection among the participants to reduce duplication and to leverage acquisition funds.
- To establish an environment where exploration and additional areas of collaboration can flourish.
By launching this shared print initiative, each library can free space for more pressing local and institutional needs such as student study space, learning commons, classrooms, etc. A key component of this initiative is a focus on developing a shared collection development approach to allow the participants to make better use of acquisitions dollars. For many items it will eliminate the need to duplicate book purchases within the group since the collections will be shared. This will allow the libraries to offer a greater depth of materials. Additionally, the collaboration lays the framework for more targeted future collaboration among the participants.