OCLC’s Library Cooperation in the 21st Century.

oclc nextspace NextSpace, OCLC’s newsletter’s (no 12, June 2009) deals entirely with collaboration.  From the cover story, Cover Story, Combining Forces to Achieve More: “Working together to solve common problems and share resources is nothing new to libraries. But now, almost a decade into the 21st century, we can see that increasing technological and social changes impact how all individuals and groups cooperate. Coming from a long tradition of sharing, libraries may be better-suited than other industries to benefit from increased cooperative opportunities.” 

There is an update on OCLC’s strategy to move library management services to Web scale via WorldCat Local.

Finally, an article on Managing the Collective Collection that focus on the “next major stage in library collaboration will require a changed view of print collections, one that acknowledges the primacy of on-demand access in the online environment and the need to mobilize physical inventory more effectively across a much wider audience of users.”

Check out this collaboration filled issue at: http://www.oclc.org/nextspace/012/default.htm


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