“Cool Tools for Collaboration and Information Sharing”

Article in the Sept/Oct 2014 issue of Online Searcher.
“New tools and apps that facilitate sharing, increase accuracy, and enhance productivity are welcome additions to the information professional’s toolkit. Barbie Keiser identifies several that will cut down on the frustrations encountered when ideas are lost and work must be redone.”
By Barbie E. Keiser

Crowdsourcing Consortium for Libraries and Archives (CCLA),

Press Release

On behalf of our partners at Dartmouth College and Boston Public Library, we are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), that will examine how libraries, archives, and museums, can most effectively use crowdsourcing techniques to augment their collections and enhance their patrons’ experience!

This initiative, provisionally entitled the Crowdsourcing Consortium for Libraries and Archives (CCLA), will employ a series of meetings and webinars to collect, examine, and share the most recent, cutting-edge technologies, tools, and platforms and accompanying best practices in the field.  The goal of the CCLA is to create a forum that enables all interested stakeholders to join a national conversation about the most pressing needs and challenges regarding the development and deployment of crowdsourcing technologies in the cultural heritage domain.

As a first step in this process, we want to hear from you!

The CCLA team invites you to take a short 10-minute survey to share your thoughts on the current state of crowdsourcing in libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. Your opinions and insights will directly inform the agenda of upcoming CCLA activities and events, influence the discourse of current and future discussions, and have the potential to translate into real-world applications.

Thank you!

P.S.To stay informed about upcoming CCLA events, please follow us on Twitter: @crowdconsortium


Collaborative That Once Criticized Software Companies Becomes One

Read more: “Ten years ago, a group of universities started a collaborative software project touted as an alternative to commercial software companies, which were criticized as too costly. On Friday the project’s leaders made a surprising announcement: that it would essentially become a commercial entity

The software at issue, called Kuali, does the boring but important work of managing accounting, billing, e-commerce, budgeting, and other campus functions. Colleges can pay software companies tens of millions of dollars for these mission-critical tools, and the vision of Kuali was to take a do-it-yourself approach. The nonprofit Kuali Foundation helped manage development of free software that any college or university could use, in what was called a “community source” model. From the beginning the software has been open source, meaning that anyone can look under the hood of the software and make changes to it.”

Nature article on Online Collaboration

Nature released the results of a survey of over 3,500 researchers on their use of social networks for collaboration.

The results are broken down by research area, and explore the frequency and depth of use by researchers. The full, open access article is available online.


How Super-Consortia Saved Our Libraries from the Forces of Evil…and Themselves

Check out Mark Sandler’s Guest Editorial in the latest issues of Collaborative Librarianship, v6, n1, 2014

“Under the watchful eye of librarians and library administrators, library consortia are unlikely to flourish, instead, slowly withering over time from a lack of sustenance. In an effort to combat this, expect that consortia leaders will continual-ly refine and amplify their messaging, but to no avail. Without the superpowers of Aquaman, swimming upstream against a current of library self-interest would prove both exhausting and futile. A more promising strategy for library consortia—especially those with an expansive vision of their future role—is to redirect their messaging beyond library directors to win the support of library funders and library users. By painting a compelling picture of a better infor-mation future—a scaled up, cooperative future like the Justice League of America—consortia could potentially attract substantial funding and substantial powers. If it is indeed true that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, then a managed network of libraries should be in a po-sition to realize President Wells’ vision, quoted in the header to this article, of “a union of strengths,” capable of delivering greater value at lower costs. For library funders and library us-ers, that would be super.”

Grant Money through Collaborative Partnerships Nancy Kalikow Maxwell

ALA Editions has a new book out on collaborative partnerships.

Blurb: “Because libraries are information and research centers, they can support a huge variety of grant funding initiatives outside their own purview. Cultural centers, businesses, and educational institutions are untapped resources for library funds. What’s more, many libraries may find that collaborating on a grant application with another organization is preferable to going forward with a time-consuming application of their own. But finding the right collaborative partner and securing a place at its development table can be challenging. Drawing on her extensive experience as a grant developer and library director, in this ALA Editions Special Report Maxwell
Presents an overview of grant basics, with extensive lists of both online and print resources
Suggests how to frame libraries’ research capabilities as benefits to the community at large, transforming these capabilities into a revenue source”

Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network

The Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) was developed to explore whether, and under what conditions open and collaborative approaches in research could achieve development goals at multiple levels, from individuals through the global community.

The OCSDNet website is available for researchers and practitioners interested in collaboration in science, and the organization is currently seeking proposals for concept notes.