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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.