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.
Patron-driven acquisition models for electronic and print books have become extremely popular in the past two years and in most cases this service has been implemented at many individual libraries. One unique collaborative model of patron-driven acquisition was created by the Orbis Cascade Alliance through a partnership with Ebook Library (EBL) and Yankee Book Peddler (YBP). This unique project is an example of libraries, consortia, and vendors working together to develop new business models during times of financial constraint, where libraries and consortia are exploring various “just-in-time” acquisition models. Collaborative Librarianship spoke with Greg Doyle about the project at Orbis Cascade.
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.
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.
Ms. Rona Wade, CEO of UNILINC based in Sydney, Australia, was appointed to the Advisory Board of Collaborative Librarianship. UNILINC, a robust consortium serving 22 libraries of several types across Australia, offers a number of services including cataloging, electronic content loading and presentation, interlibrary loan and document delivery, training and shared online catalogs. Its most recent initiatives focus on next generation integrated library systems. This interview is part of a series of conversations with members of Collaborative Librarianship’s Advisory Board.
In the past few years, academic libraries have faced many significant challenges. Due to the financial crisis, the cuts to library collections have caused an evolution in the philosophy of collecting, accessing, and delivering information. Financial constraints have resulted considerations of a “just-in-time” collection philosophy, where libraries have explored new models of collecting information and delivering content to their patrons. Collaborative Librarianship caught up with Marvin Pollard to discuss this issue.
Todd Carpenter, the Managing Director of NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, is a leading player in promoting research through the creation of standard and best practices related to information exchange and management. NISO provides the environment for bringing key organizations together to reach complex and often difficult agreements. As Carpenter says, “One of NISO’s most important principles is ensuring all the relevant players have an opportunity to sit at the table, in an open and fostering environment that is supported by participatory and well-established rules for engagement.” This interview is part of a series of conversations with members of Collaborative Librarianship’s Advisory Board.
Three of America's greatest playwrights discuss the intersections of the arts and society and assess the future of playwriting, the relative impact of their own plays and the socio-historical elements involved in creating modern dramatic works. Tony Kushner has received the esteemed "double" of the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for his work, "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches"; Suzan-Lori Parks won a Pulitzer and was nominated for a Tony Award for "Topdog/Underdog"; and David Henry Hwang is a Tony winner and Pulitzer nominee for "M. Butterfly." New York University professor and noted theater historian Laurence Maslon moderated the event. Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded February 3, 2010.
Nathan Bower graduated from the College of Wooster in 1973 and received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Oregon State University in 1977. He taught Chemistry at Colorado College for forty years, from 1977 until his retirement in 2017. He was interviewed for the the LGBT Oral History project on December 9, 2011.
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.
The interview discusses the context and basic assertions of the book, "Working Together: Collaborative Information Practices for Organizational Learning" by Mary Somerville.
A new magazine, "ICOSA: Connection and Collaboration", began publication in September, 2008. Dedicated to promoting community partnerships and collaboration of all types, its publisher and editor explain further the importance of collaboration and the vision they have for a new era of cooperation among agencies of academia, business and community.
Since 1992, Dr. Jesús Lau has been Director of the USBI VER Library at The Universidad Veracruzana Veracruz-Boca del Rio campus. He is the President of the Mexican Library Association, 2009 to 2011. Dr. Lau also is a member of the Governing Board and member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and serves on several editorial/advisory boards of various publications, among them Collaborative Librarianship. As part of our interview series with members of our Advisory Board, Collaborative Librarianship caught up with Dr. Lau to find out about Mexican libraries and the opportunities and challenges in collaboration.
Revered Tibetan Buddhist monk and scholar Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan, from Ladakh, India, will present Buddhist perspectives on love, compassion and forgiveness in conversation with Professor David Gardiner of the Colorado College Religion department. Part of f Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded March 27, 2009.
Karl Jeffries came to Colorado College from a small town in Southern Colorado in 1987 and graduated in 1991. He was diagnosed with HIV shortly after graduation and now lives in Berkeley, California with his partner and two kids. Karl was interviewed for the LGBT Oral History project during his visit for homecoming weekend on October 16, 2011.
Collaborative Librarianship Advisory Board Member, Lourdes T. David, provides an overview of library collaboration in the Philippines and in other countries in Southeast Asia. This interview is part of a series of conversations with members of Collaborative Librarianship’s Advisory Board.
In conversation with Janet Lee, Dean of Libraries, Regis University, Dr. Shimelis Assefa, University of Denver, discusses aspects of library collaboration from an international perspective that cover both challenges and opportunities. Insights on collaboration in library science education are also offered.
“Consortia are important players in the library collaborative process.” There is unlikely to be resistance to such a statement from most corners of our profession, yet what moves people (librarians and others) to positions with consortia—and what they do when they arrive there—remains a somewhat unexamined path. In this article, Collaborative Librarianship’s Joe Kraus discussed with Tim Cherubini, LYRASIS’ Director for East Region Programs, his personal experiences in positions with academic libraries as well as consortia and his movement between the two related but distinct environments. This interview is part of a series of conversations with members of Collaborative Librarianship’s Advisory Board.
David Stewart, past President of the American Theological Library Association, reflects on various collaborative initiatives of ATLA. Collaborative Librarianship interviewed David Stewart, Director of Libraries, Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, and a member of CL’s Advisory Board, on the nature, challenges and opportunities for collaboration in a subject-focused, special academic library organization. This interview is part of a series of conversations with members of Collaborative Librarianship’s Advisory Board.
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.
As part of Collaborative Librarianship’s series of interviews with members of our Advisory Board, Ivan Gaetz interviewed George Jaramillo. George was one of the first persons engaged in conversation about beginning a journal that focuses specifically on library collaboration and which led to the founding of this journal in January, 2009.