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Collaboration for Hard Times

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Academic and research libraries have historically created effective partnerships with one another, such as the Library of Congress distributing catalog cards, the establishment of the Center for Research Libraries, and the birth and growth of OCLC. More recent collaborations include the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium, the Columbia-Cornell partnership 2CUL, and the Manhattan Research Library Initiative. Yet far too many library initiatives have withered owing to lack of communication, focus, or leadership. Collaboration comes with risk as well as reward, so, initially, demonstrating the value of potential benefits to administration may be hard. It is difficult to justify spending our own resources on initiatives that will in part benefit others, particularly when our funds are already constrained. How can we guard against free riders?

 

Part of the solution is knowing when and when not to collaborate. The opposite of hesitation to share responsibility for initiatives can be a tendency to overcollaborate—to involve too many parties in all the minutiae of a project’s implementation. This leads to low productivity, or overestimating the value of collaboration on a project.

 

This article looks at some of the recent collaborative models from the world of business and their parallels in libraries to helps us understand what works and what doesn’t.  It ends with a piece of excellent advice:

 

" If we don’t join in creating the future, we may find that the future does not include us. We can make ourselves an integral part of the future by working together. Collaboration, as much as competition, is here to stay. By scrutinizing each project’s potential to add to the bottom line and paying attention to human factors like trust, commitment, and a culture of collaboration, we can increase our chances of leading our partnerships to innovation, forging new value rather than just perpetuating the status quo."

 

Read more:  http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/10/managing-libraries/collaboration-for-hard-times/

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Collaboration, as much as competition, is here to stay.  But if we we don't "join in", we may find that the future does not include us.  So it's best to be part of the future by working together.

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Collaborative Librarianship

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This journal is dedicated to the topic of cooperative librarianship, or to any aspect of resource sharing or coordinated library services.  At its center, Collaborative Librarianship (CL) consists of scholarly, peer-reviewed articles covering a wide variety of topics related to collaboration among libraries of any type or related to collaboration between libraries and other agencies and organizations. CL articles approach these topics in a variety of ways, including historically, quantitatively, qualitatively, analytically, theoretically, philosophically, or practically.

 

Features of Collaborative Librarianship include:

Open Access/Online Availability Peer Reviewed Scholarly Articles Better/Best practices Engagement of a Wide Scope of Issues library-to-library cooperation sharing resources and expertise library-to-business partnerships local, regional, national and international collaboration professional, consortium and association partnerships history of library collaboration

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

We encourage research librarians to list this journal among their library's electronic journal holdings.

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Project MUSE Launches University Press Content Consortium

Project MUSE Launches University Press Content Consortium | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The book collections offer thousands of peer-reviewed digital books from over 65 major university presses and scholarly publishers and allow books to be discovered and searched in an integrated environment with content from nearly 500 journals currently on MUSE.

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A Window on Library Collaboration in Southeast Asia: Insights and Perspectives

A Window on Library Collaboration in Southeast Asia: Insights and Perspectives | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Collaborative Librarianship Advisory Board Member, Lourdes T. David, provides an overview of library collaboration in the Philippines and in other countries in Southeast Asia. 

 

As part of a series of interviews with members of the Advisory Board, Ms 

David was asked to reflect on her experience as a librarian and, in particular, aspects of library collaboration in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. She brings to the Journal an extensive resume of library work covering several decades reaching across the Philippines and many other 

countries including Myanmar, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Laos, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.  Conference en- 

gagements have ranged widely, too, including those in Canada and the USA, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Korea, and Greece.  

 

View more interesting articles published here:  http://collaborativelibrarianship.org/

 

 

 

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Collaborative Librarianship is an academic, professional, open-access library journal dedicated to the topic of cooperative librarianship, resource sharing or coordinated library services, featuring scholarly, peer-reviewed articles covering a wide variety of topics related to collaboration among libraries of any type or related to collaboration between libraries and other agencies and organizations.

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New Collaboration Announced—Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb)

Kuali OLE, one of the largest academic library software collaborations in the U.S., and JISC, the U.K.'s expert on digital technologies for education and research, announced a collaboration that will make data about e-resources—such as publication...

 

The effort, known as the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) project, is funded in part by a $499,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. North Carolina State University will serve as lead institution for the project. GOKb will be an open, community-based, international data repository that will provide libraries with publication information about electronic resources. This information will support libraries in providing efficient and effective services to their users and ensure that critical electronic collections are available to their students and researchers.

 

More details here:  http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/Digest/New-Collaboration-Announced-Global-Open-Knowledgebase-GOKb-83229.asp

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Two Academic Library Consortia Merge Efforts to Manage Print Journals

Two Academic Library Consortia Merge Efforts to Manage Print Journals | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Two academic library consortia launched on January 9 a collaborative print journal archive in an effort to manage costs and limit redundancies.  This is resource sharing on a grander scale – rather than relying on another library for one book or article at a time, these libraries are relying on their partners to hold large sections of materials.  It is part of the ongoing process of libraries determining the proper level of redundancy of locally-held print collections...

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