“Current Cites” and Collaboration

The following two articles were found by searching Current Cites, which just had an interesting write-up in Roy Tennent’s blog in Library Journal, “Lessons From 20 Years of Current Cites”.  In many ways, Current Cites is a long-standing example of a collaborative project.

“Zorich, Diane M., Gunter  Waibel, and Ricky  Erway. Beyond the Silos of the LAMs: Collaboration among Libraries, Archives and Museums   Dublin, OH: OCLC Programs and Research, 2008.(http://www.oclc.org/programs/publications/reports/2008-05.pdf). – Collaboration between libraries, archives, and museums. It sounds like a good idea, but how to make it work? To find out, RLG Programs held one-day workshops at the University of Edinburgh, Princeton University, the Smithsonian Institution, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Yale University. It also had phone conversations and meetings with thought leaders and representatives of other RLG Programs partners. This report summarizes its findings, and offers guidance about how to effectively collaborate – CB

Folkestad, James E. “Promoting Collaboration: The Physical Arrangement of Library Computers”  Library Hi Tech News  26(1/2)(2009): 18-19. (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do;jsessionid=20D63580D393946EE328BD5F553256BF?contentType=Article&contentId=1789958). – As library print collections shrink and libraries are reconfigured to provide learning spaces and easy access to growing digital collections, the fundamental layout of computing spaces becomes an important consideration. Web 2.0 tools encourage collaboration, discussion and sharing, so why shouldn’t the physical layout of the computers used to access online information do the same? This paper looks at “the interface of the concepts of collaborative learning and physical arrangements of computer laboratories”. The author considers a number of layout options for computer desks in a library / learning environment based on published case studies, and then proposes an adaptation of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (CSMATE) model of computer work station arrangement.”

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