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Letter to Prospective Affiliated Library
Affiliated Libraries and the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Letter of Introduction
TO: <Affiliated Library> Representative
Thank you for your interest in becoming an Affiliated Library. The information below should help you understand how our Affiliated Libraries – George A. Smathers Libraries arrangement works as well as the commitments required as part of this arrangement.
Purpose of Affiliated Libraries Agreement
Affiliated Libraries are academically administered libraries that are independent of the UF library system (the George A. Smathers Libraries) and that have significant, specialized collections. The Cooperative Agreement recognizes the significance of the Affiliated Library collection and provides for the integration of its holdings into the UF Libraries Catalog. The goal of this effort is to expand access and awareness of the resources held by the Affiliated Library as a supplement to the holdings of the George A. Smathers Libraries. In return for this recognition, the Affiliated Library agrees to provide service and collection management as outlined in the Cooperative Agreement.
Libraries Liaison Assignment and Affiliated Library Review / Site Visit
A collection management and catalog librarian will be assigned to discuss the Affiliated Library relationship and answer any questions you have about the program. The librarians will also review your collection to see how it complements and adds value to the UF Libraries collection. We need to know what types of materials are in your collection, how many titles will need to be cataloged, and any other information that will help us know how much effort will be needed to integrate your library information into our library catalog database, as well as how the work will be done.
Decision to Become an Affiliated Library
If it is agreed that you should become an Affiliated Library, the Cooperative Agreement must be completed and signed by the Chair (or equivalent) of the academic unit that oversees the Affiliated Library and the Associate Dean of the George A. Smathers Libraries. This is considered a formal agreement between the two parties.
Attached: Cooperative Agreement Form
The text that is <red in brackets> must be filled in, the form signed and dated.