About Us

The purpose of CI-CCI is to enhance and sustain the availability of scholarly information for the combined user community of the group. The collaboration will strive to model effective best practices for cooperative collections and resource sharing.

-Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative Mission Statement

Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI-CCI) is a shared print collaborative established in 2013. In 2017, the group expanded scope to include shared eBook EBA programs. In spite of its relatively small size, CI-CCI has been very successful. Collective holdings have been sufficient to meet many needs of our respective campus communities.

CI-CCI has also been able to sustain an active EBA program for its members. As a result of an agreement with Oxford University Press in 2016 CI-CCI members purchased 911 eBook titles covering a broad array of subjects. These titles are collectively owned by CI-CCI and all six members have access to these books. That agreement is ongoing.

In 2021, the six member institutions partnered with Luther College, a non-member, on a complementary EBA program. During an end-of-year reconciliation process, each participating library chooses books to own up to the amount of money they contributed to the group cost. The chosen books are owned by the individual institutions.

Also in 2021, four member institutions joined with Luther College to participate in the University of Michigan Press’s transition to open access eBooks program. This commitment will run through 2023.

Governance and Structure

CI-CCI is directed by the Leadership Team, which comprises Library Directors and key library Personnel. The Leadership Team makes all administrative and programmatic decisions for the organization. The Leadership Team meets monthly, with an annual planning summit in the summer. The group is steered by a Chair and Chair elect, each of whom serve a two-year term.


ChairJodie Morin, Buena Vista University

Chair Elect: TBD

Past Chairs:

  • Teri Koch, Drake University
  • Beth McMahon, Central College
  • Pam Rees, Grand View University
  • Chris Cox, University of Northern Iowa
  • Rod Henshaw, Drake University

Subcommittees and Task Forces

Acquisitions/Discovery:  Charged with maintaining the integrity of the shared collection. This includes reconfiguration of retention lists when necessary (e.g., lost, missing, discarded items, etc.). It is also charged with developing policies and proposing solutions for acquisitions-related issues to the Leadership Team.

Interlibrary loan/Delivery: Charged with resolving related issues or suggesting changes to Interlibrary Loan/Delivery policy for consideration by the Leadership Team. This group also annually reviews lending efficiency and average turnaround times for loans between the member libraries. 

Website: Charged with the ongoing maintenance and updating of the organization’s website.

Advantages of Membership

  • Ability to withdraw books that other CI-CCI schools have committed to retain for a specified period
  •  Assurance that other CI-CCI schools will prioritize and expedite loans to your school
  • Ability to leverage acquisitions dollars by reducing duplicate purchasing of commonly-held titles within the CI-CCI group
  • Benefit by working collaboratively with similar-sized schools facing similar collection issues
  • Participate in group acquisitions of e-resources

Becoming a Member

New participating libraries will agree to the mission and goals of the collaboration spelled out in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Generally, new participant libraries will be added at times that coincide with a data refresh of our collective holdings. Libraries that match their holdings against the shared collection prior to a refresh are required to contribute their library holdings at the next data refresh. When those libraries receive their retention lists and assume responsibility–including physical verification–for retention of titles in the shared collection, they become full participants in the shared collection.

Full participant libraries may vote on issues relating to the MOU and the shared collection. Prior to that, representatives may attend meetings as non-voting delegates.