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    LYRASIS : a collaborative success story by Anderson, Kathy

    As LYRASIS ended its groundbreaking first year, they conducted in-depth personal interviews with the library pioneers and change agents who participated in the creation of the nation’s largest membership organization serving libraries and information professionals, formed from legacy organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region (PALINET), the Southeastern region (SOLINET), and the New England region (NELINET). LYRASIS was a watershed in library collaboration, unprecedented in scale and with far-reaching industry implications. The key participants in this venture – from varied libraries across a wide geographic area - offer unique viewpoints on the process of creating a new organization that was not just bigger, but entirely new in its vision and scope. Excerpts are taken from interviews with participants, about their roles at the time, including Carol Pitts Diedrichs (formerly SOLINET Board Chair), Arnold Hirshon (formerly NELINET Executive Director), W. Lee Hisle (formerly NELINET Board Chair), Joe Lucia (formerly PALINET Board Chair), Richard Madaus (formerly SOLINET Board Member), Kate Nevins (formerly SOLINET Executive Director), and Cathy Wilt (formerly PALINET Executive Director). In sharing their perspectives on the collaboration, these leaders offer new ways of thinking about library collaboration and insights into the future for all libraries.