With this issue, Collaborative Librarianship begins its fourth year of publication. The reasons for beginning the Journal continue to be relevant today, and perhaps even more compelling. In the time leading up to volume 1, number 1, (January 2009), we recognized that collaboration is a fundamental value in the practice of librarianship and that it takes many forms, from in-house to consortia cooperatives and beyond.
With this issue we complete two volumes of publication covering 2009 and 2010. Carrying forward the mission of Collaborative Librarianship, a new set of articles and reviews are offered that contributes to the professional and scholarly literature on library collaboration.
The March-April, 2009, issue of ICOSA: Connection & Collaboration addresses the important questions of environmental preservation, energy production and sustainability. While daunting challenges mount for reversing the effects of greenhouse gas emissions, reducing pollution and reclaiming the earth’s endangered spaces, solutions to these problems are found, not surprisingly, in collaboration.
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.
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.
Ivan Gaetz presents a six week timeline of developments in the open access movement.