Recent articles on collaboration in libraries

Librarians and faculty collaboration – partners in student success Bruce E. Massis, “Librarians and faculty collaboration – partners in student success”, New Library World, Vol. 113 Iss: 1/2, pp.90 – 93

Abstract: “The purpose of this column is to discuss the importance of faculty/librarian collaboration in establishing a base of reference support to serve as an underpinning for each course across the college curriculum.”


Innovation for Survival: From Cooperation to Collaboration Jennifer Rowley (2011), Innovation for Survival: From Cooperation to Collaboration, in Anne Woodsworth (ed.) Librarianship in Times of Crisis (Advances in Librarianship, Volume 34), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.207-224

Abstract This chapter provides an overview of the value and management of collaborative innovation in the development of library services. Open or collaborative innovation is innovation that bridges organizational boundaries. It discusses key aspects of interorganizational innovation and its application in libraries, namely the essence of innovation, the imperative for collaborative innovation, choosing partners and innovation networks, successful management of collaborative innovation, and the barriers to collaborative innovation and their management. It is argued that innovation is pivotal to survival and success in dynamic and complex organizational environments. Increasingly organizations are seeking to pool resources and enter into collaborative alliances in order to achieve large-scale, radical, paradigm innovations. However, the success of such alliances is not guaranteed, and is dependent not only on choosing the right partners but also on the leadership and management of innovation teams, having an understanding of the challenges of collaborative knowledge creation, and negotiating organizational and interorganizational barriers to innovation. While library and information literature has seen much discussion of innovations in terms of the outputs of innovation processes, there has been little discussion of the innovation processes needed to achieve new service developments, and other innovations. This chapter encourages information professionals to think strategically about innovation activities, specifically the management of the performance of collaborative or open innovation.


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