South Asian Cooperation

Fall 2017 Workshop

The theme of the 2017 workshop was Print Retention. Building upon previous workshops, we sought to emphasize retention as a part of our cooperative efforts, both in terms of vision for our maturing collaborative and in terms of documentation of our collective work. We are compelled to support those who are charged to winnow as well as those who are enabled to retain. Furthermore, we need to guarantee the perpetuity of our collection development, documentation and preservation efforts—at the local and the national level. Beyond discussions of retention, we also continued to learn about and promote each other’s collections, strategies and successes through “niche collection” presentations.

2017 Summary Report and Outcomes (PDF)

SACOOP Print Retention Content Group Recommendations October 2017 [docx]

2018 Print Retention: Niche Collections [docx]

2018 Print Retention: SALTOC Journals

2018 Print Retention: SCIMS Journal Titles [docx]

Specialized Collection Development: Got a Niche? (Michigan) (PPTX)

Vernacular Christian Literature: Bihar and Chota Nagpur (Harvard) (PPTX)

Fall 2016 Workshop

The 7th Annual South Asia Cooperative Collection Development Workshop was held on October 21, 2016 in Madison, WI.  In addition to celebrating and sharing our successes around our “niche collecting efforts,” we focused our attention on collection stewardship, challenging ourselves to consider if we have matured enough as a collaborative to begin committing to retain collections for the wider benefit and if so, how.

2016 Summary Report and Outcomes (PDF)

Print Archive Program Agreements (PPT)

Metadata for Shared Print (PPT)

South Asian Diaspora Newspapers and Magazines at UC Berkeley (PPT)

Niche Collecting at Cornell (PPTM)

Fall 2015 Workshop

The 6th Annual South Asia Cooperative Collection Development Workshop was held on October 23, 2015 in Madison, WI. The session featured an action-oriented collective review of participants’ Cooperative Acquisitions Program profiles for Pakistan and Afghanistan, thanks to data supplied this year by the Islamabad Field Office of the Library of Congress. Distinctive niche collections assembled outside standard library supply lines were highlighted. Visitors beyond the circle of active workshop participants sparked a number of conversations on collecting practices, opportunities, and problem spots. As always the workshop’s thrust was toward reducing unnecessary duplication in the national collection and improving coverage and access to it.

2015 Summary Report and Outcomes  (PDF)

Post-Workshop LC-Islamabad Profiles (Excel)

Ethnomusicology Collections at Chicago (PPT)

Fall 2014 Workshop

The 5th Annual South Asia Cooperative Collection Development Workshop will be held on Friday, October 17th in Madison, WI. The theme is collection assessment and promotion. We will revisit SACAP monographic profiles to examine continued overlap/specialization and to identify possibilities for collaboration (using the 2014 spreadsheet as well as data based on region and subject), will explore alternative collection assessment tools, and will have presentations from two members about their local specialization.

2014 Summary Report and Outcomes (PDF)

Fireworks Printing in Sivakasi

Fall 2013 Workshop

The 4th Annual South Asia Cooperative Collection Development Workshop was held in Madison, WI on October 18th.  The theme of this year’s workshop was communication and the intent was to address how we communicate the successes, value, and impact of our work, both within our own cooperative structure as well as externally to faculty, administrators, and the library community.

2013 Summary Report and Outcomes (PDF)

Building an Indian Comic Collection!

Fall 2012 Workshop

The 2012 Cooperative Collection Development Workshop for South Asian Resources was held on October 12 in Madison, Wisconsin.

2012 Summary Report and Outcomes (PDF)

This year, we focused our efforts on local specialization of collections. The outcome of this year’s exercise is to give shape and form to the varied and overlapping institutional commitments to collect in specialized areas that both support local institutional needs and uniquely contribute to the “national collection.”

Specifically, participating institutions committed to these areas of concentration.

Background documents

Review of achievements through cooperation

Fall 2011 Workshop

Building upon the success of the 2010 Cooperative Collection Development Workshop, we held a second workshop in October 2011 (2011 Summary Report and Outcomes). In response to group feedback, the main theme of this workshop was be SACAP serials.

We believe in the importance of the serial literature from South Asia to scholars and researchers yet we also recognize the challenges they present. Looking across SACAP participants, we note that many titles are highly subscribed while others are not picked up anywhere. Thinking of the "national collection" and informed by our own local usage statistics, we believe we should take a fresh, collective look at our serial subscriptions. That said, we also realize that access to the literature is critical. If cooperation determines that that access is not to be local, we need to begin lobbying for better indexing and discovery tools or to create them ourselves so that successful interlibrary loan is actually feasible. It is this two-pronged approach to the serial literature--balancing the national subscribed collection and exploring improved access--that was addressed at the 2011 workshop. 

The following institutions have agreed to partcipate in 2011

  • Center for Research Libraries 
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University/TRLN 
  • Emory University
  • Library of Congress, Delhi Field Office 
  • Library of Congress, Islamabad Field Office 
  • New York University 
  • Princeton University 
  • Syracuse University 
  • University of California-Berkeley 
  • University of California-Los Angeles 
  • University of Chicago 
  • University of Hawaii 
  • University of Illinois 
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota 
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin

Background documents

Highly-subscribed SACAP journals (Excel) 

Least-subscribed SACAP journals (Excel)

Fall 2010 Workshop

In conjuction with Madison's Annual Conference on South Asia, we held a "Cooperative Collection Development for South Asia Partnership Workshop (PDF)" on October 15, 2010. The workshop was intended to help us make choices and decisions about our collection strategies that would ultimately strengthen and deepen the national resources on South Asia. We intended to do this by collectively exploring collection development by means of the SACAP acquisitions program tools.

The following institutions agreed to participate in the workshop

  • Center for Research Libraries 
  • Columbia University 
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University/TRLN 
  • Emory University
  • Library of Congress, Delhi Field Office 
  • Library of Congress, Islamabad Field Office 
  • Library of Congress, Washington 
  • New York University 
  • Princeton University 
  • Syracuse University 
  • University of California-Berkeley 
  • University of California-Los Angeles 
  • University of Illinois 
  • University of Iowa 
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Virginia 
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin

Background documents shared amongst the workshop participants included

Call for Participants (PDF)
OCLC Profile of South Asian Monographs (PDF)
Comparison of 2005-2006 SACAP Participant Profiles (PDF)
Statement of Access and Preservation Principles (PDF) 
2009-2010 SACAP Profile Costs by Participant (Excel)

Vision Statement

Through the South Asia Cooperative Collection Development Workshops, the community of South Asian library specialists in North America shares a collective vision of a seamless global collection of South Asian research resources to support and enhance scholarship.

Through concerted action (and informed by local and institutional strengths, priorities, and expertise), we seek to broaden both the scope and depth of coverage of South Asian resources, spanning all subjects and formats.

By building distributed distinctive collections, reinforced by preservation and appropriate mechanisms for discovery and access, we seek to affect the future of academic research, teaching, and learning on this critical world region.

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Existing Cooperative Structures

Access Partnerships

SALToC (South Asian Language Journals Cooperative Table of Contents Project) 

Acquisitions Partnerships

National Cooperative Collections for South Asian Studies [for background see Wisconsin-Cornell Pilot (Word)]

Current Cooperative Acquisitions

Art Catalogs (Columbia) 
Himalayan Materials, particularly Nepali and Newari (Cornell) 
South Asian Theater (Wisconsin)

Other Partnerships

South Asia Cooperative Acquisitions Program (SACAP) (IP restricted)
New Delhi Office
Islamabad Office
Center for Research Libraries

Preservation Partnerships

South Asia Microform Project (SAMP)
Endangered Archives Programme

Regional Partnerships

SACWest (main link broken): including participant profiles

International Partnerships

Urdu Research Library Consortium
South Asia Union Catalogue
Digital South Asia Library

Communication Partnerships


Background Documents

South Asian Periodicals

A working paper ("Towards a seamless national collection" [PDF]), a presentation ("Assessing online discoverability and interlibrary loan of South Asian language periodicals [PDF]") and Excel spreadsheets (Excel) regarding the coverage and holdings of non-English serial publications in U.S. libraries.

Non-English coverage through SACAP (Access database, last updated 2/2010) 
Lists profile coverage by participant, language, subject, country. Potentially useful when making annual profile decisions.

Summary of 2007 CONSALD Survey on Cooperation (PDF) 
Conclusion: “The CONSALD survey attempts to stand back from individual collections and assess the state of South Asia libraries, collection methods and acquisitions on a national level. The survey provides two major findings: (1) collection at a national level is uneven—a number of South Asian language materials are not being collected sufficiently while some material is being over-collected or duplicated and (2) the majority of bibliographers are willing to give time and money to a cooperative acquisition project that would focus on collecting materials that fall outside of traditional and/or current collection development methods.”

Comparison of 2005-2006 SACAP Participant Profiles (PDF) 
Notes number of subscribers to each profile category. Summary conclusions note that 342 profiles have 3 or less subscribers, 172 have 10 or more subscribers and 56 have 20 or more subscribers.

Comparative Tables

CONSALD Member holdings by language and decade of imprint (Excel file)
Uses 2005 OCLC data. In individual sheets (use the tabs at the bottom), numerical data is broken down by regional partnership while data from individual institutions is shown graphically.

Comprehensive Members in 1974: Comparative by Decade (Excel file)
Uses 2005 OCLC data.

North American Title Count (NATC) Comparisons (Excel file)
Compares participating CONSALD libraries by subject holdings.


Memo to CONSALD 2006 (word document) 
Outlines basic assumptions, potential model for cooperation (LARRP), and potential categories for cooperation

Potential Models for Cooperation

Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP) Distributed Resources Project
An agreement between participating North American libraries designed to strengthen the collective coverage of monographs and other resources produced in Latin America. Through the concerted reallocation of library collection budgets, enhanced coverage of "non-core" materials is provided in an inter-connected network of collections. The participants also provide online bibliographic records as quickly as possible and make the majority of these materials available through interlibrary loan.

South Asia Microform Project (SAMP)
Cooperative program that seeks to acquire and maintain a readily accessible collection of unique materials in microform related to the study of South Asia. Materials are collected both through the filming efforts of the project and through the purchase of positive copies of materials filmed by other groups, institutions and companies.