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Cooperative Collections FAQ

WHAT IS A COOPERATIVE COLLECTION?

A cooperative collection is any type of collection shared among multiple libraries - in our case, CLC member libraries. Currently, CLC offers the following cooperative collections: general DVDs, foreign language and independent film DVDs, and books on CD. Buying into a shared collection saves your library time, money, and space, and ensures that library users have a continuously updated selection of materials.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Libraries may join one or more co-ops. Signups and renewals take place in the spring.
  • For each co-op, the library purchases one or more packets of materials. For each packet, there is an annual fee as well as a one-time startup fee. 
  • Depending on the co-op, participating libraries meet monthly or quarterly to exchange packets of materials.
  • CLC's circuit coordinators handle the collection development, disc repair and replacement, and most other tasks normally done at your library, freeing up your staff for other duties. They also coordinate the monthly/quarterly "swaps."
     

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?

Your library, if:

  • You want to focus more on streaming, downloadables, and other newer technologies for your non-print offerings, but still want to offer a smaller collection of discs for patrons who want them.
  • You have a limited non-print budget.
  • You are a school, academic, or special library that wants to offer patrons & students a small collection of non-print entertainment titles.
     

How important are circuits to your library graphicISN'T THIS KIND OF OUTDATED?

You might think so, but cooperative collections allow you to continue offering a continuously-changing supply of DVDs and books on CD to those patrons who aren't interested in downloadables - without making a huge investment in these materials. Cooperative collections allow you to keep everyone happy!

» In our recent survey of participating libraries, we asked "How important are circuits to your library?" On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being "Essential," 25 of 31 survey responders said 4 or 5 »

  

WHAT GROUPS ARE AVAILABLE?

  • DVDs, General - 30-35 titles in each packet, monthly rotation, 4 convenient groups (northwest, southwest, northeast, southeast)
  • DVDs, Foreign & Independent Films (FLIC) - 60-65 titles in each packet, quarterly rotation, statewide (meets in Middletown)
  • BOOKS on CD - 30-45 titles in each packet, quarterly rotation, 3 convenient groups (west, northeast, southeast)

 See below to explore more!

 

WHY SHOULD I JOIN? IS THERE REALLY A SAVINGS?

Cooperative collections SAVE:

Circuits savings chart
  • MONEY - For a few hundred dollars a year, you get continuously updated collections - every month or every quarter depending on the circuit. That's hundreds of titles for your patrons to enjoy, at a fraction of the cost of buying them all.
    » In our recent survey of participating libraries, we asked "How important are circuits in terms of SAVING MONEY for your library?" On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being "Huge Savings/ Critically Important," 30 of 31 respondents said 3 or higher »
  • STAFF TIME - Collection development, ordering, packaging, replacing lost/damaged discs, etc. - CLC does it all for you.
  • SPACE - Why keep hundreds or thousands of titles around when only the most current and popular are circulating, or when many (or most) of your patrons have moved to streaming services and downloadables?
     

HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?

Fees range from $275 to $467 per packet per year, depending on the materials (DVDs or CDs) and the region (western region circuits have more materials per packet). Libraries may purchase any number of packets. For all circuits, there is also a one-time setup charge per packet in the first year, which enables us to buy materials to "stock" the new packet. Specifics are outlined under each circuit, below.

    
 

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE? OR SIGN UP?

For more information about circuits, please contact either of our circuit coordinators:

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Western Region Co-ops

All co-ops have a one-time startup cost and an annual fee. To join, or for more information, contact Laura Marcella at lmarcella@ctlibrarians.org.


DVDs

approx. 35 titles in each packet
monthly rotation
$357 annually per packet
$275 one-time setup charge per packet (First year requires $275 setup plus annual fee)


BOOKS on CD

approx. 45 titles in each packet
quarterly rotation
$467 annually per packet
$432 one-time setup charge per packet (First year requires $432 setup plus annual fee)

 

NORTHWEST (Region 1) DVD SWAPS

 

​​Most swaps take place on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. at the Harwinton Public Library. 

For swap schedule and more information, visit the Northwest DVD Circuit Group Page

SOUTHWEST (Region 4) DVD SWAPS

Most swaps take place on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at the Southbury Public Library.
For swap schedule and more information, visit the Southwest DVD Circuit Group Page

WESTERN REGION AUDIOBOOK SWAPS

Swaps take place on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library.
For swap schedule and more information, visit the Western Region Circuit Group Page

 


Eastern Region Co-ops

All co-ops have a one-time startup cost and an annual fee. To join, or for more information, contact Kate Bengtson at kbengtson@ctlibrarians.org.


DVDs

approx. 30 titles in each packet
monthly rotation
$275 annually per packet
$275 one-time setup charge per packet (First year requires $275 setup plus annual fee)


BOOKS on CD

approx. 30 titles in each packet
quarterly rotation
$275 annually per packet
$350 one-time setup charge per packet (First year requires $350 setup plus annual fee)

  

NORTHEAST (Region 3) DVD & CD SWAPS

Swaps take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Booth & Dimock Memorial Library in Coventry.

For swap schedules and more information:
     Visit the Northeast DVD Circuit Group Page
     or
     Visit the Northeast CD Circuit Group Page

SOUTHEAST (Region 6) DVD & CD SWAPS

Swaps take place at 9:00 a.m. at East Lyme Public Library.
For swap schedule and more information:
     Visit the Southeast DVD Circuit Group Page
     or
     Visit the Southeast CD Circuit Group Page
 


Foreign Language & Independent Cinema (FLIC) Co-op

To join this co-op, or for more information, contact Kate Bengtson at kbengtson@ctlibrarians.org.

60-65 titles in each packet
Quarterly rotation
$275 annually per packet

$275 one-time setup charge per packet (First year requires $275 setup plus annual fee)

FLIC SWAPS

Swaps take place the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December at 10:00 a.m. at the Middletown Library Service Center.

For swap schedule and more information, visit the FLIC Circuit Group Page

 

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