Camila Alire, incoming President of the American Library Association and a member of the Collaborative Librarianship Advisory Board, discusses the ideals and realities of collaboration in the library environment in response to a series of questions from CL's editors. She refers to her experience to describe examples of successes and failures, and highlights the critical ingredients of success in collaborative ventures.
Libraries around the world have enjoyed a remarkable history of working together. The present contexts of collaboration in other sectors of society, of a growing literature on collaborative management theory and practice, of the Colorado experience in library collaboration, constitute fertile soil that nurtures new initiatives in collaboration. No Brief Candle provides perspectives on the importance of collaboration for libraries of the 21st century. The new journal, Collaborative Librarianship, builds on the great traditions of the past and seeks to promote library networking, cooperation and partnerships in new ways. Readers are invited to participate in this new venture.
This article is a summary of the second Moving Mountains Conference on the physical delivery of materials. The Conference was held in Cincinnati in September 2008. An ad hoc group of librarians involved in delivery regularly meet to discuss best practices and new applications. This article covers similarities between the logistic industry and libraries, a survey of physical delivery practitioners, and new trends in home delivery and automatic material handling systems. The growth of physical delivery, models of delivery, vendor relationships, and the Rethinking Resource Sharing group are also discussed.
Barbara Losoff reviews Shibboleth. Shibboleth, a Hebrew watchword once used to distinguish tribal affiliation, has reemerged as a brand name for a unique middleware authentication product. Developed by Internet2, a U.S. networking consortium, Shibboleth is a federated, open source authentication suite serving research federations and higher education. Shibboleth is a freely-available product, providing seamless access across multiple institutional platforms including: databases, data, internal documents, indexes, etc. Offering a single password sign-on, Shibboleth provides a secure gateway between users and proprietary resources.