Cooperative Collections
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CLC's cooperative collections are collections of DVDs and books on CD that are divided into packets and rotated among multiple CLC member libraries at regular "swaps." Not all library users have turned to streaming and downloadables for their media needs, so how can you continue to serve those who prefer discs while keeping expenses to a minimum? Cooperative collections are the answer! Buying into a co-op saves your library time, money, and space, and ensures that library users have a continuously updated selection of materials.

 

CLC offers cooperative collections of general DVDs, foreign language and independent film DVDs, and books on CD. "Swaps" are held at locations around the state. Expand the content areas below to learn more.

 

Questions? Interested in joining? Contact us to learn more:

 

News

  • Please welcome CLC's new Eastern Region Circuit Coordinator, Aubrey Hines! Aubrey has an MLS from Texas Woman's University and is a Library Assistant at Canterbury Public Library. Contact her at ahines@ctlibrarians.org with questions about DVD and CD circuits in the eastern region.
  • Swap schedules for all groups are available here (by group) and here (all groups combined).
  • Thank you to everyone who recently renewed their subscription or joined a co-op for the first time. All swaps are underway for the 2021-22 year! For our renewing members, here are the changes for this year:
    • EAST: There is ONE eastern region DVD circuit and ONE eastern region books-on-CD circuit. Both groups will meet at Canterbury Public Library. The DVD circuit will take place every other month instead of monthly.
    • WEST: Swap locations for western circuits have changed. Audio will meet at Morris Public Library. DVD will meet at Harwinton Public Library. In addition, the DVD swap will take place every other month instead of monthly.
    • FLIC: FLIC swaps will take place at the CLC office in Middletown.

 

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Looking for information about our Digital Co-op for schools and higher ed? Visit ctlibrarians.org/digitalcoop

 

 

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.
     

ISN'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 and streaming - without making a huge investment in these materials. Cooperative collections allow you to keep everyone happy!

  

WHAT GROUPS ARE AVAILABLE?

  • DVDs, General - 50-55 titles in each packet. 2 convenient groups (east & west). Meets 6x/year - eastern group in Canterbury, western group in Harwinton.
  • DVDs, Foreign & Independent Films (FLIC) - 60-65 titles in each packet. 1 statewide group. Meets 4x/year in Middletown.
  • BOOKS on CD - 30-45 titles in each packet. 2 convenient groups (east & west). Meets 4x/year - eastern group in Canterbury, western group in Morris.

 See below to explore more!

 

WHY SHOULD I JOIN? IS THERE REALLY A SAVINGS?

Cooperative collections SAVE:

  • 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.
  • 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.

    
 

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE? OR SIGN UP?

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

   

 

 

 

To join, or for more information, contact Laura Marcella at lmarcella@ctlibrarians.org.


DVDs

approx. 35 titles in each packet
bi-monthly rotation (6 swaps/year)
$357 annually per packet

Swaps take place on Thursdays at 9:30am at the Harwinton Public Library VIEW THE SCHEDULE


BOOKS on CD

approx. 45 titles in each packet
quarterly rotation (4 swaps/year)
$467 annually per packet

Swaps take place on Thursdays at 10:00am at the Morris Public Library VIEW THE SCHEDULE

 

 

 

To join, or for more information, contact Aubrey Hines at ahines@ctlibrarians.org.


DVDs

approx. 30 titles in each packet
monthly rotation (12 swaps/year)
$275 annually per packet

Swaps take place on Wednesdays at 9:30am at the Canterbury Public Library VIEW THE SCHEDULE


BOOKS on CD

approx. 30 titles in each packet
quarterly rotation (4 swaps/year)
$275 annually per packet

Swaps take place on Wednesdays at 9:30am at the Canterbury Public Library VIEW THE SCHEDULE

 

 

 

To join this co-op, or for more information, contact Tracy Monterville at accounting@ctlibrarians.org or 860.344.8777.

60-65 titles in each packet
quarterly rotation (4 swaps/year)
$300 annually per packet

Swaps take place the first Wednesday in September, December, March and June at 10:00am at the CLC office in Middletown VIEW THE SCHEDULE

 

 

 

Cooperative collection members, here are some handy links to your swap schedules: