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2009 v. 1 no. 4

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  • Thumbnail for  Volunteer Voices : Tennessee’s collaborative digitization program
    Volunteer Voices : Tennessee’s collaborative digitization program by Feltner-Reichert, Melanie , Middleton, Ken, 1964- , Carter, Andy , Conner, Tiffani R.

    This article provides an overview of Volunteer Voices, Tennessee’s statewide digitization program. The authors focus on the three-year Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant that provided the foundation for future growth of the digitization program. In addition to an overview of the content selection, metadata issues, software selection, digital preservation, and K-12 education emphasis of the grant project, the article includes a detailed description of the work of the digitization and content specialists who selected and scanned items across the state. The article concludes with a look at post-grant efforts to promote the sustainability of Volunteer Voices.

  • Thumbnail for A partnership approach to multi-campus library services
    A partnership approach to multi-campus library services by Kisby, Cynthia , Tong, Min

    With more than 50,000 students taking courses at twelve campus locations as well as online, the University of Central Florida (UCF) is one of the ten largest universities in the United States, based on enrollment. This multi-campus university system uses strategic integration of physical and virtual assets to deliver regional library services. Partnership agreements govern operations and service issues across all library functions, including collection development, cataloging, and inter-library loan. In this environment, an organizational culture that fosters team building, flexibility, training, and all varieties of communication, and one that includes a strategic integration of new technology to improve channels of communication and collaboration opportunities is vital.

  • Thumbnail for About ICOLC and the ICOLC statement on the global economic crisis and its impact on consortial licenses
    About ICOLC and the ICOLC statement on the global economic crisis and its impact on consortial licenses by Bullington, Jeffrey S.

    The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) and its role in library consortial approaches to content acquisition is briefly explained. A copy of its most recent statement on the global economic crisis and the resulting implications for libraries’ budgets is also provided.

  • Thumbnail for An iconoclast’s view of collaboration
    An iconoclast’s view of collaboration by Horton, Valerie

    Collaborative Librarianship has an impressive Advisory Board, none more so than the brilliant, original, and always challenging Stephen Abram. Abram has a long and distinguished career as illustrated by the biography below, but it isn’t just his achievements that set Abram apart. He is a strong supporter of library cooperation and rethinking our profession. He is also fearlessness in confronting our sacred cows and hidebound thinking. At conferences, his audiences come away with Abram’s clear voice echoing a sober but potentially bright future for libraries; and occasionally they leave angry, stirred up by his bold willingness to tackle controversial topics.

  • Thumbnail for Building online content and community with Drupal
    Building online content and community with Drupal by Wiersma, Gabrielle

    Gabrielle Wiersma reviews Drupal. Libraries use content management systems in order to create, manage, edit, and publish content on the Web more efficiently. Drupal (drupal.org), one such Web-based content management system, is unique because it employs a bottom-up strategy for Web design that separates the content of the site from the formatting which means that “you can more easily change either without having to recode your entire Website.” Drupal appeals to many libraries both because it is free open source software, and because it allows individuals and communities to easily contribute content to the library’s Web site.

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    Coffee, condiments and collaboration by Gaetz, Ivan

    While there are basic and practical benefits to collaboration, often there is a much larger vision of the common good at work. It is this larger vision that should really be the driver in collaboration. In this issue of Collaborative Librarianship, incidentally completing its first year of publication, Stephen Abram emphasizes precisely this point. “I despise puny visions,” he states. “Library collaborations aren’t about 5% discounts. We must get to where we collaborate and set social standards, drive social cohesion and encourage an ecology where positive learning and community experiences, discoveries and social engagement in our social institutions, workplaces and neighborhoods grow.” Read more on what this important thinker has to say on library collaboration; in certain respects his insights tie together this issue of the journal.

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    Collaboration the open source way by Engard, Nicole C., 1979-

    On a regular basis, Nicole Engard contributes to Collaborative Librarianship. In this article, Nichole Engard discusses open source software use in the library community.

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    NELLCO’s universal search solution : a report on a NASIG 2009 conference session by Pope, Barbara M.

    This article summarizes a session at the 24th Annual North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Conference held in Asheville, North Carolina on June 6, 2009. The presenter for the session, Roberta F. Woods of Franklin Pierce Law Center, gave the history behind the New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO) development of an alternative to a federated search engine which they dubbed Universal Search Solution. The search tool helped the consortia libraries to resolve their problem of underutilized resources

  • Thumbnail for Open access, sustainability and helping the kids
    Open access, sustainability and helping the kids by Davis, Mitchell

    Mitchell Davis shares his views on "open access" in the academic community.

  • Thumbnail for Review of Library Technology Reports : Collaboration 2.0
    Review of Library Technology Reports : Collaboration 2.0 by Hicks, Alison

    Alison Hicks reviews the May 2009 issue of the journal "Library Technology Reports" (volume 45, issue 4). This special edition, “Collaboration 2.0” aims to inform library managers about potential tools in order to encourage collaborative work among staff in the library. To this end, it provides simple, easy to read introductions for several web 2.0 tools, including cloud computing and groupware, as well as the more traditional blogs, wikis, and social networking.

  • Thumbnail for Tough economic times call for more library cooperation : report on a Wyoming and Colorado Alliance Conference
    Tough economic times call for more library cooperation : report on a Wyoming and Colorado Alliance Conference by Bullington, Jeffrey S. , Lee, Janet

    On April 10, 2009, the Alliance, a consortium of academic, public and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming, convened a conference on "Cooperation: How to Thrive Despite Reduced Funding." Drawing on the expertise of national and state leaders in the fields of education and economics, conference participants heard from two keynote speakers about the changing environment of libraries and educational institutions. Referencing these changes, then, various local librarians explored ways collaboratively to advance library resources and services. An overview of these conference presentations perhaps may help libraries and their partners in other regions of the United States and elsewhere gain insight into possible collaborative strategies that sustain library development in difficult economic times.