This article highlights various collaborative efforts during the author’s career as a reference librarian at a large metropolitan public library from 1986 to 2011.
Amy Sarah Alexander reviews, "Public Libraries, Archives and Museums: Trends in Collaboration and Cooperation" by Alexandra Yarrow, Barbara Clubb and Jennifer-Lynn Draper. This report from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is a useful overview of the recent trends in collaboration between public libraries, archives, and museums.
This article documents and highlights the evolution of collaborative, web-based chat reference service at a large metropolitan public library from 2000 to 2010.
Ellen Mackey reviews Princeton history professor David Bell’s article “The Bookless Library” http://www.newrepublic.com/article/books-and-arts/magazine/david-bell-future-bookless-library#, July 12, 2002, accessed July 31, 2012. In this article, the question is asked, “What role will libraries have when patrons no longer need to go to them to consult or borrow books?”
Anne Abate reviews the book, "Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook." This book, edited by Carol Smallwood, is a collection of essays about library outreach programs and includes contributions from public, academic, school, and special libraries across the United States. Each of the thirty-six essays describes a specific program implemented to increase awareness of the library and services offered, the steps taken to bring it to fruition, and the benefits to the library and community.
Historic documentation of life at the turn of the 19th century created by residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1901 for the citizens of 2001. Under the direction of Louis R. Ehrich, a prominent 19th century businessman, the items were sealed in a chest which was stored in various buildings on the Colorado College campus until the official opening January 1, 2001 at the Charles Leaming Tutt Library. Contents of Ms349, Fd 18, Colorado Springs Public Library - Susan T. Dunbar include: 1 12-page, handwritten letter, dated July 31, 1901, addressed “To the Librarian and Friends of the Public Library of Colorado Springs in A. D. 2001, Greetings:” signed by Susan Teel Dunbar, Librarian of the Colo. Spgs. Public Library; 1 printed 1-cent postcard overdue notice; 1 printed 1-cent postcard book availability notice; 1 printed form: reference for library card application; 1 printed form-describing library borrowing policies; 1 printed library card; 1 printed form: “Seven Day Book. Cannot be renewed.”; 6 b&w photos: “Susan T. Dunbar” “Colorado Springs Public Library, 1901” “Interior of Colorado Springs Public Library and Reading Room” “Emma Hayward Eldredge” “Miss Adele L. Kniest” “Anna M. Rohl”; 1 paperbound book, Anemones: A Story from Pikes Peak by Susan T. Dunbar; 1 clothbound book, Looking Backward 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy with library card set.
The research purpose was to learn about existing joint use public-academic libraries in Canada including their establishment, structure, benefits, and challenges and to determine the requirements for successful partnerships. Following a literature review, a short survey was conducted to gather data on the number, location, and types of public-academic library partnerships. In-depth telephone interviews were then held with key personnel from joint use libraries to learn more about the libraries and the nature of the partnerships. The research surfaced three unique examples of joint use public-academic libraries. In addition, key requirements for successful partnerships that were posited through the literature review were supported by the research data – commitment, a shared vision, and a need that requires fulfillment. Possible limitations of the research are the initial survey’s reliance on responses from academic library directors and the survey timing. There is limited information about partnerships between Canadian public and academic libraries and no single document that brings together data on partnerships across Canada. With this study, public and academic libraries will learn of successful joint use Canadian public-academic libraries along with the key requirements for sustainable partnerships.
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.