Check out my editorial on consortia in the latest issue of Collaborative Librarianship v5, n3. Valerie Horton
“There were two significant waves of consortia growth; the first in the 1960s and 1970s, and a second in the 1990s and early 2000 spurred by access to online resources. Library consortia numbers declined significantly after the 2008 Great Recession, and many consortia are continuing to struggle. The stability of existing funding sources remains a major concern across all remaining library consortia, even well-established and well-funded consortia…. There are signs that the national situation for consortia is stabilizing, but it would not be surprising if more consortia were lost over the next few years…. The final answer to “Whither Library Consortia?” is not yet certain, but if past is prologue, the future of library consortia should be interesting to watch!”
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“Online Management Systems: Wielding Web 2.0 Tools to Manage and Track Projects Collaboratively”. A new webinar from the Library Leadership and Management Association
June 6, 2012, 1:30 – 3:00 pm Central Time
This looks like a good article.
Scholarly Communication 2.0: Exploring Researchers’ Opinions on Web 2.0 for Scientific Knowledge Creation, Evaluation and Dissemination, Serials Review, Volume 37, Issue 3, September 2011, Pages 149-156 (Subscription required to read the whole article.)
This paper presents the results of a survey aimed at gauging the potential acceptance of a collaborative and Web 2.0 inspired scholarly communication sector. While this sector has seen the birth of a multitude of innovative initiatives, there is still little empirical evidence of the acceptance of such initiatives by researchers. We received 349 completed questionnaires from researchers of many different disciplines. The results of the survey show that there is a strong positive attitude towards Web 2.0 and open publishing approaches. However, the major challenge still resides in combining free dissemination of results with robust and reliable quality control mechanisms.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2011, Volume 6966/2011, 519-522, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-24469-8_63 (Subscription required for the full text.)
The thesis entitled ”New Paradigm of Library Collaboration” presents the case for the holistic approach to the issue of collaboration in a contemporary library. Patron needs and expectations in regards to collaboration, interactivity and ultimately participation are investigated in the specific area of changes in reading process. Collaboration between librarians and patrons and among librarians is discussed in regards to Library 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 concepts. Based on the research results gathered in European libraries a new paradigm of library collaboration is presented as a must for an efficient library providing up-to-date services.
Sharon makes some great points on her Library WebHead blog post, “Organization of Intention.”
With the many little independent projects, neither harnessed nor collaborative, there is no overall sense that we are creating what either the user or the organization needs to fulfill their goals. The scaffolding of all of these endeavors must be collaboration. The construction must be worked on together. We have too few resources – too few people and too few funds for little fiefdoms.
Thanks to Stephen for the link.
Peggy Milam Creighton, Ed.D. wrote Perceptions of Web 2.0 Tools as Catalysts for Teacher and Librarian Collaboration: A Case Study as a dissertation for Walden University, 2010, 228 pages. Some of the abstract is:
Scheduling collaborative planning sessions with classroom teachers is a substantial challenge for school librarians. Research indicates that lack of time is a major barrier to collaboration. The purpose of this study was to explore perceptions of Web 2.0 tools as a potential means of overcoming the time barrier to collaboration. Participants were school librarians and classroom teachers from a large suburban school district. Loertscher’s taxonomy and school library 2.0 provided a conceptual framework for the design of this case study.
“OCLC and LYRASIS present a FREE day-long program focused on current and future ways that network-level services will increase efficiency, improve productivity and streamline workflows.
Libraries have been cooperating on cataloging, collection management and resource sharing services for decades. In that time, we have enjoyed the benefits of networked services—no local software or hardware, elimination of maintenance and support costs, lower overall expense and better scalability.
Barbara Schroeder from Boise State University wrote a blog post “10 Ways to Enable Student Collaboration” at the Technology Teacher.
She noted that “there are many ways to share information and enable collaboration than ever before, but you need to use the tools and include instructions for your students.” Some of the tools mentioned are Google Docs, WallWisher, Twitter, Delicious, and more.
Thanks to David Lee King for the link.