Values Remake: An Experiment in Virtual Collaboration

Library Journal Newswire Special—How do you build staff consensus across campuses?  Joan Starr
Library Journal, 12/3/2009

Excerpt: “Everyone values give-and-take. But how do you translate that into genuine collaboration, and avoid merely paying lip-service to participation? In the world of busy and increasingly decentralized library environments, more and more of us are depending on technology to mediate the collaborative process.  This was the issue the California Digital Library (CDL) faced as we set out to remake our organizational values statement.  In the end, we found a technology framework to suit our needs, but more importantly discovered that careful encouragement, a dedicated project “evangelist,” and a singular focus on virtually connecting our dispersed staff were crucial to the creation of a worthwhile staff-generated document.”


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