Richards, David. “The Margaret Chase Smith Library: A Unique Collection Fostered by a History of Collaboration.” Maine Policy Review 22.1 (2013) : 62 -64, http://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/mpr/vol22/iss1/13.
Maine is a small state with a long history of scarce resources, of “making do,” and of “helping your neighbor.” The state’s libraries are a prime example what can be achieved to maximize resources through partnerships and collaboration. David Richards discusses the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, Maine, which he terms “a unique collection fostered by a history of collaboration.” Richards describes the vital role collaborations with multiple kinds of partners have played in helping the library fulfill its four functions: archives, museum, education, and public policy.
The British Law blog called LawSync from the Sheffield Hallam University mentioned the #SLATalk Twitter Chat on collaboration that recently occurred.
A recent Special Libraries Association Twitter-talk took collaboration as its theme; it is evidently an idea of interest to librarians. Peter Griffith and Pete Smith will be presenting a paper to the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) 2013 conference, discussing their experiences of networking and collaboration in the context of LawSync. They’ll be thinking about some of the issues that have arisen- planning, process, and so on- as well as talking about the benefits of collaboration.
Presenting a paper- and attending conferences- is a well established form of networking, and we certainly hope to catch up with existing contacts and make new ones.
Online networking is the ‘new normal’ of collaboration, and not just for librarians. It’s interesting to note that the recent Riverview Law / DMH Stallard alliance started life on Twitter, but equally interesting to note Jon Busby’s point that this should be no more astonishing that they made contact by phone.
Thanks to Sarah for retweeting and Pete for also noting.
Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2013 (RFQ No. NIHLM2013697-KB)
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce for the third year the solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve disaster medicine and public health information access for health professionals, first responders, and others (paid or volunteer) that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:
- Information needs assessment;
- Roles in providing disaster health information;
- Practices and methods in information sharing;
- Skills development;
- Information retrieval;
- Resource development; and/or
- Document access.
Emphasis is on providing information or access to health and medical information in a way useful to all-hazards preparedness, response and recovery workers, and increasing the awareness and utilization of high-quality, all-hazards, and emergency topics. The purpose is also to promote new and creative collaborations on disaster health information needs among and to the mutual benefit of librarians, information specialists, or informationists and the disaster workforce.
Eligible projects will be based on a partnership or collaboration that includes at least one library or information center and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities.
Awards are offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 for a one-year project.
Proposals are due to NLM on June 20, 2013 by 2 pm ET.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has a new article.
“Cultivating Partnerships in the Digital Humanities: What teaching colleges and research universities have to gain from collaboration.”
…I want to argue that teaching-focused institutions have much to gain from partnerships with research universities on the digital humanities, and vice versa.
Beyond liberal-arts training, the 21st-century workplace increasingly demands that graduates demonstrate technological competence and entrepreneurial ability. Instead of engaging in escalating, unsustainable, and destructive competition, colleges and universities could develop mutually supportive relationships, combining our complementary strengths to benefit the overlapping and distinct communities that we serve.
Wish List for a Powerful Collaborative Writing Platform
By Konrad Lawson
In my last posting, I imagined what it might look like to fork the academy, that is, to create a space within the world of academic writing and publishing where we could directly reuse, adapt, and expand each other’s work. I also discussed some of the most significant obstacles that stand in the way, both at the disciplinary level and the kinds of personal concerns I have seen raised from friends and colleagues I have discussed the idea with.
This article was recently published in Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice.
“A Win-Win Collaboration” by Mary Beth Parkinson
This brief article reports on a collaborative book-borrowing policy between The Brendlinger Library of Montgomery County Community College and the Wissahickon Valley Public Library (WVPL), both located in Blue Bell, PA. Beginning in January 2013, WVPL will donate books periodically to the Brendlinger Library in support of the students enrolled in Reading classes. Circulation statistics will be reported to WVPL, and the books will be returned to WVPL for sale in the WVPL Friends of the Library book sale.
The American Academy of Arts & Sciences Calls for Reorganization of the U.S. Scientific Enterprise to Meet 21st Century Challenges
The report, ARISE II: Unleashing America’s Research & innovation Enterprise, highlights the need for greater synergy between government, university, and industry research. It advocates for greater integration of theories, concepts, and applications from multiple scientific disciplines – biology, physics, medicine, engineering, and computer science – to solve the complex problems of the 21st century.
“Scientific and technological innovation has been vital to the economic prosperity and security of the United States,” said Leslie Berlowitz, President of the American Academy, “yet there is growing concern that the nation risks losing its position of global technological leadership. ARISE II examines the factors affecting America’s productivity in science and technology and suggests steps to encourage transdisciplinary and trans-sector research collaborations.”
I found this through Inside Higher Ed.
The PDF can be found here.
OPEN CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS – EDITORIAL BOARD
e-LIS, Open Repository for Library and Information Science
e-LIS <http://eprints.rclis.org/> , international open repository for
Library and Information Science (LIS), is looking for new volunteers
to collaborate in the editorial team during mid-2013 and for a
two-year period. Established in 2003, e-LIS is as the largest
international open repository in the field of library and information
e-LIS is looking for new team members with the academic strength and
institutional support. The new collaborators will be part of the
editorial board which makes possible the ingestion of new documents
according to the e-LIS policies and widely used standards. Members of
the Library and Information Science community are invited to submit
applications to join the current team composed of 60 volunteers from
Applications should include (1) a cover letter with a statement
describing the editors’ goals for participating in e-LIS; (2) a
current curriculum vitae; and, if possible (3) a confirmation of
institutional support from the appropriate authority. Enquiries can be
made to e-LIS Founder & Chief Executive, Imma Subirats at
imma.subirats at gmail dot com.
The closing date for applications is June 15, 2013. Decisions will be
made by the e-LIS administrative board and notified before August 1,
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