Management issues of co-operative ventures and consortia in the USA. Part one

Library Management 05/2002; 23(4/5):213-226. DOI: 10.1108/01435120210429943


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.

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    • "The first activity involved sharing catalogue cards and printed resources (Jefferson, 1977), which ultimately developed into sharing online union catalogues and storage facilities as well as engaging in inter-library lending (Bostick, 2001b). Many researchers have concluded that the 1960s marked the beginning of the modern library collaboration as, during that time, computer applications began to find a place in many libraries (Jefferson, 1977; Bostick, 2001b; Evans, 2002a). The main purpose of subsequent collaboration has been automation and the development of networks to enable libraries to improve their services through, for example, the automation of circulation. "
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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.
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    • "Library literature has traced the gains in the formation of consortia among libraries as the potential for improving access to the joint collection of participating libraries, stretching limited resources, improving staff competencies, and addressing common needs arising from developments in information technology. Cooperation among libraries started mainly with inter-library lending, but the formation of consortia from the early 1980s reaching an all time high in the mid 1990s has been necessitated by economic reasons (Nfila & Darko- Ampem, 2002; Evans, 2002 "
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents the results of a case study of the policies and practices of six African university presses. Based on the findings, it posits the formation of a consortium of African university presses. It borrows heavily from consortium formation in the library world.
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    • "The concepts of cooperation and resource sharing have underpinned Interlibrary loan arrangements, cooperative acquisition policies within groups of libraries, shared cataloguing projects, also through the organization and administration of national and international programs (Smith 1993, p. 717). Nowadays the term " resource sharing " best describes also cooperative efforts in managing e-resources (Evans 2002a, p. 213). "
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    ABSTRACT: Within the new context in which academic libraries live, and starting with the consideration that “there is no single best model for a library consortium” (Helmer 1999, p. 119), the purpose of the research is: • to analyse the origins and development of which academic library consortia in different contexts • to evaluate which have been the advantages and disadvantages of working in cooperative form • to provide an overview of library academic consortia models in U.S. and Europe, where the phenomenon of consortia creation and development is more recent • to identify new trends and models, based on the needs of the market (represented by the various stakeholders). The research takes into consideration the different stakeholders involved in the process of scholarly communication, and dwells on the impact that consortia activities have in the wider context, represented by institutions, libraries, publishers and users.
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