Camila Alire, incoming President of the American Library Association and a member of the Collaborative Librarianship Advisory Board, discusses the ideals and realities of collaboration in the library environment in response to a series of questions from CL's editors. She refers to her experience to describe examples of successes and failures, and highlights the critical ingredients of success in collaborative ventures.
During this economic crisis, libraries will need to collaborate more than ever to save money and to deliver services more efficiently with less staff. Rick Lugg, Partner at R2 Consulting, has several years of experience with Yankee Book Peddler and consultant to academic and research libraries, library consortia and other library organizations. R2 has had a significant impact throughout the library world in helping libraries and related organizations improve service performance and adapt to an ever-changing environment.
The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium of 37 academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Recently, the Alliance completed the challenging task of organizing and completing a RFP for a shared Library Management Service and, currently, is in the initial stages of implementation. Editors of Collaborative Librarianship discussed this project with John F. Helmer, the Executive Director of the Orbis Cascade Alliance.