Regional Groups

In the mid-1990's, as government support for acquisition of South Asian materials was due to end, CONSALD participants formed three regional consortial groups to discuss cooperative collection development. These groups concentrated on coordinating participants' subject/language profiles in the Library of Congress Cooperative Acquisitions Program, pursuing cooperative arrangements for electronic resources, and exploring human resource sharing among participants.

A South Asia Working Group appointed by the Center for Research Libraries helped provide national coordination for these regional efforts.

By the mid-2000's, the groups fell into dormancy, though recent efforts to renew cooperative collection development has provided impetus for regional participants to collaborate anew. The regional groups were:

South Asia Consortium - East

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • Library of Congress
  • New York Public Library
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Syracuse University

Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) - South Asia Library Project

  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin

South Asia Consortium - West

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Washington, Seattle

South Asia Microform Project (SAMP)

SAMP, a program of the Center for Research Libraries, cooperates with libraries and archives worldwide to preserve unique or endangered materials for the study of South Asia.

Library of Congress South Asia Cooperative Acquisitions Program (SACAP)

Many CONSALD participants also participate in the SACAP program, administered by the Library of Congress Overseas Operations Division, with offices in New Delhi, India, and Islamabad, Pakistan.