Management issues of co-operative ventures and consortia in the USA. Part one
ABSTRACT Discusses the issues that arise in the management of co-operative activities and consortia, and the different skill sets needed. It explores some of the theoretical and real challenges that managers encounter when establishing and maintaining successful co-operative projects and formal consortia programs.
Article: Seeing the trees through the forestLibrary Management 01/2014; 35(1/2):37-44. DOI:10.1108/LM-05-2013-0045
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ABSTRACT: Purpose – This paper aims to share the successful experiences and suggestions from the 2007 Chinese e-books consortium. Design/methodology/approach – A survey of the participant libraries of the 2007 Chinese e-books consortium was conducted. Survey results were analyzed. Findings – The consortium improved the Chinese collections with perpetual ownership, and demonstrated the bargaining power that exists through a consortium. Most participants would consider joining the consortium in the future. Research limitations/implications – Since the 2007 Chinese e-books consortium has only just been completed, the usage statistics have not been compiled. It will be interesting to see how readers adapt to the Chinese e-books in the future. Practical implications – The results have practical implications for the operation of library consortia. Originality/value – This study provides the latest opinions and suggestions from the consortium participants, which can be valuable to those who are interested in initiating new library consortia. The study results can also be of value to librarians who are considering joining any library consortia.Library Management 07/2009; 30(6/7):430-443. DOI:10.1108/01435120910982122
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ABSTRACT: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the attitudes and views of library directors and key librarians on issues related to library collaboration and its impact on the welfare of advanced and cost-effective systems of library and information services. Design/methodology/approach – A qualitative approach was utilized through the use of semi-structured, face-to-face interviews for collecting needed data from library directors and key librarians in four major universities located in diverse regions in Oman. Collected data were transcribed and relevant themes and patterns were identified following an interpretive thematic approach. Findings – Results show that participants indicated an overall positive attitude toward library collaboration in an academic setting. They believed in the desired individual and institutional benefits that they would gain if their libraries or parent organizations developed and enhanced a collaborative system. The three most important advantages of collaboration were emphasized. They are: to enlarge and improve the library services, including increasing users' access to inter-library information resources; to reduce costs by sharing manpower and resources; and to share experience through communication and enhance skills and knowledge of staff through collaborative training. Practical implications – The paper provides an overview and insights into demanding issues related to academic library collaboration in Oman. The result of this study helps propose a frame-work or strategy for the purpose of initiating and developing a new system of academic library collaboration in Oman. Originality/value – Library collaboration, overall, has hardly been studied in Oman, or at least in the context of academic librarianship. This paper highlights the importance of library collaboration and its impact on the changing environment of academic libraries.Library Review 04/2012; 61(4):240-260. DOI:10.1108/00242531211267554