The need for radical change in academic libraries

James G. Neal wrote “Prospects for Systemic Change across Academic Libraries” for the new Educause Review.

Academic libraries are moving from kumbaya cooperation to radical collaboration. We know how to cooperate on a significant scale in such areas as cataloging, interlibrary loan and document delivery, and licensing databases, for example. But we need a deeper integration of operations in the areas of mass production, early co-investment as we build new infrastructures and new initiatives, and commitment to a shared network of centers of excellence.


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