This third issue of Collaborative Librarianship attempts to grasp aspects of this expanding vision. Both Steve Fisher’s article on the birth of CARL in the 1970s and Martha Yee’s post-print article (briefly annotated) on the cooperative cataloging services of the Library of Congress in the early 1900s highlight the strong commitment libraries historically have made to explore innovative ways of working together. Such remarkable commitment has helped pave the way for future opportunities in library collaboration.
A new magazine, "ICOSA: Connection and Collaboration", began publication in September, 2008. Dedicated to promoting community partnerships and collaboration of all types, its publisher and editor explain further the importance of collaboration and the vision they have for a new era of cooperation among agencies of academia, business and community.
Academic librarians are often physically and intellectually isolated at their institutions, and need to accept much of the blame. Professional literature shows that librarians continue to argue against the responsibilities of tenure, despite the fact that in two of the three usual rubrics of tenure, publication and service, they share a level playing field with teaching faculty. In addition, academic librarians will not be treated equally unless they begin to think and work outside of the physical academic library. This article argues for a multidisciplinary approach to academic librarianship, with an emphasis on collaboration as a means to develop visibility through presentations at every level, publications in multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journals, professional memberships in organizations outside of librarianship, and active, vocal committee participation. By reinventing themselves as both subject / discipline and research methods experts, academic librarians make themselves more visible scholars at their institutions.
Mitchell Davis was invited by Collaborative Librarianship to contribute through a regular column his insights and perspectives on the general conversation on where libraries are headed, how they are valued by their communities and how they can constructively unlock that value over the coming years in ways that stay true to their mission. As an innovator and motivator in the field of library and non-library collaboration, Mitchell offers unique perspectives on future developments in libraries that capitalize on their resources and specializations.
Reports on a meeting convened by the Center for Research Libraries on July 10, 2009, in Chicago for representatives of more than a dozen library consortia and other organizations with an interest in shaping a national approach to long-term preservation of and access to print collections.
The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries was a pioneering library consortium that evolved from a small informal group of research library directors known as the Taskforce for Interlibrary Cooperation in the early 1970’s. Early projects including shared acquisitions funding, a union list of serials, and a shared public access catalog. Drawing upon published sources, unpublished primary sources and archival records, and personal interviews with early participants, the birth and early evolution of this organization is analyzed.
Su Eckhard reviews John D. Volkman's book, "Collaborative Library Research Projects: Inquiry that Stimulates the Senses." Whether you are a fledgling or experienced teacher-librarian (school library media specialist) with or without teaching experience, this book might be helpful for you. Volkman has included everything you want to know and use to jump-start your school library program.
Beth Filar-Williams reviews the program Campus Collaborative Tools Strategy at UC Berkeley. Collaboration tools are becoming popular across campuses. Many institutions are struggling with how to provide support for the multitude of diverse, ever-changing, often open source programs that are frequently used “to fly under the radar”of campus IT protocols. The University of California Berkeley Information Services and Technology (IST) division began to address this issue a few years ago. UC Berkeley recognized the need to create and to support an easy, convenient environment for people on and off campus in which to collaborate on scholarship, teaching, learning, and administrative services.
Ivan Gaetz, co-editor of Collaborative Librarianship, reviews three articles: Sara Mudd and Andy Havens, “Library Cooperation in the 21st Century: Combining Forces to Achieve More.” NextSpace, No. 12 (June 2009): 4-9. Diane J. Graves, “The Other Sustainability Problem” Educause Review: Why IT Matters to Higher Education, Vol. 44, no. 2 (March/April 2009): 72-73. Martha M. Yee. “‘Wholly Visionary’: the American Library Association, the Library of Congress, and the Card Distribution Program,” eScholarship Repository, University of California, http://repositories.cdlib.org/postprints/3384/ (2009): 68-78.