Collaboration

Libraries work together in a variety of ways to increase efficiency and impact. But collaboration is difficult. Personality and politics play a big part alongside incentives and organizational structures.

Collective collections: Prospective and retrospective collection coordination

[https://www.oclc.org/research/publications/2019/oclcresearch-operationalizing-the-BIG-collective-collection.html] Coordinating collective collections Collective collections are collections addressed at a level above the individual institution. I introduced our recent report [https://www.oclc.org/research/publications/2019/oclcresearch-operationalizing-the-BIG-collective-collection.html] on operationalizing collective collections in my last post [https://blog.oclc.org/

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Collections

Operationalizing a collective collection …

While collective collections have been much discussed, less attention has been paid to how to operationalize them in consortial settings. This post introduces work done with the BTAA to explore this challenge.

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Collections

The powers of library consortia 4: scoping, sourcing and scaling

In making choices about focus and investment, consortial options can vary along three important axes: scoping, sourcing and (right)scaling.

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*Classics

The powers of library consortia 3: scaling influence and capacity for impact and efficiency

Scaling capacity (building shared infrastructure and services) and scaling influence (aggregating a library voice to lobby or persuade) are historically core consortial activities.

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Collaboration

The powers of library consortia 2: soft power and purposeful mobilization: scaling learning and innovation

Library consortia play an important role in scaling learning and innovation – this will become both more purposeful and more important in coming years.

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Collaboration

The powers of library consortia 1: how consortia scale capacity, learning, innovation and influence

Libraries and related organizations group together in a variety of ways to get their work done. They consort where there are scale advantages: to lobby, for example, to negotiate and license, to reduce costs, or to build shared infrastructure.

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*Classics

Systemwide organization - sourcing and scaling redux

Libraries are increasingly taking a system-wide perspective of their roles and services. This can take different forms.

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Systems

The union catalogue and collaborative sourcing

The union catalog seems to be experiencing a renaissance of interest, as some advantages of managing data at an aggregate level are appreciated.

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Institutions