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UNC University Library Advisory Council: Consortium of UNC Shared Print (CUSP)

ULAC is composed of the directors of the 17 University Libraries and a representative from the UNC System Office. This guide covers ULAC's mission, vision, committees, roster, etc.

Consortium of UNC Shared Print



Funded by an LSTA Grant from the State Library of North Carolina


The Consortium of UNC Shared Print (CUSP), formally announced in 2020, creates a distributed responsibility for long-term retention of monograph titles. The creation of the consortium allows the initial 13 partner libraries, all a part of the UNC system, to develop a state-wide shared print model for North Carolina as well as a regional model for the southeast United States. It improves communication among libraries, creates efficiencies of access, and ultimately benefits users by ensuring access to a wide range of print monographs across North Carolina by maintaining and preserving bibliographic diversity. To date, CUSP has retained 440,939 title holdings. 

To find out more, check out our Overview Document and website.


  1. Libraries are facing space concerns leading to weeding.
  2. Every academic library appears to have some materials that are quite rare at various scales of geography, including nationally and WorldCat wide.
  3. As print is being managed down, holdings assertions in OCLC are increasingly not reliable or permanent enough to support weeding decisions.
  4. Shared print programs attempt to secure formal and open retention commitments in order to help preserve the bibliographic diversity of library holdings. I.e., let’s make sure we don’t weed things out of the collective collection altogether AND let’s save enough copies to meet our needs into the future.



Leah Dunn, UNC Asheville Library Director

Anna Peitzman, UNC Shared Print Initiative Project Manager


Appalachian State University

East Carolina University

Elizabeth City State University

Fayetteville State University

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina Central University

UNC Asheville

UNC Charlotte

UNC Greensboro

UNC Pembroke

UNC Wilmington

Western Carolina University

Winston Salem State University

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