Author Archives: Valerie Horton

Orbis Cascades Collaborative Workforce Report

“For more than 20 years we have made decisions about what work will be done together, when and where it should be centralized, and how to pay for it. Over the years we have become skilled at making ad hoc determinations but have lacked a formal framework to guide and inform such discussions. The following model provides a concept and language for analyzing Alliance projects and services, a list of factors to take into consideration, and a methodology for benchmarking contributed work. As such, the Collaborative Workforce Model represents a step along the Alliance’s development as a consortium exploring the potential for deep collaboration among member libraries”

 Collaborative Workforce Program 

Tom Sanville In Conversation

Preprint of article from next issue of Collaborative Librarianship

Kathy A. Perry ( (The Virtual Library of Virginia)

Abstract: In conversation with Kathy Perry, Director of VIVA, The Virtual Library of Virginia, Tom Sanville, on the occasion of his retirement in December, 2014, discusses his career, including entrée into the library world through industry, the beginnings of ICOLC, its operations and accomplishments, the ICOLC “grilles,” the world of electronic content licensing, and more.


Tom Sanville retired from LYRASIS as the Senior Director of Licensing and Strategic Partnerships as of December 2014, but those of us in the library consortia community have known him in many other roles, particularly as Executive Director of OhioLINK (1992-2010) and as the recognized leader of the Consortium of Consortia which was later named the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC).  Continue reading

Call for New General Editor(s) for Collaborative Librarianship

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 Collaborative Librarianship – Seeks an Editor-in-Chief or Editors-in-Chief.

 March 20, 2015 – (Denver, CO) – The Advisory Board and Editorial Team of Collaborative Librarianship (eISSN: 1943-7528) are pleased to issue a call for an Editor-in-Chief or Editors-in-Chief to lead the publication into its next phase of development and service to the library community. The Board and Team see the journal, now into its seventh year of publication, well-positioned for this change. Having developed trust and respect since its founding in 2009, the journal boasts a scope of participation and readership that now spans library communities across the United States and abroad.

The ideal applicant/applicants should be committed to the values and principles of collaboration, to advancing scholarship in library and information science through an open access platform, to expanding one’s professional network across the United States and around the world, and to promoting professional development opportunities in scholarship for new and advancing librarians.

Open Access: Gold, but without author fees. In the interest of fostering collaboration, Collaborative Librarianship commits to publishing in an open access environment.  Authors are required to agree to “Creative Commons Attribution, noncommercial, no derivative 3.0 license.”  See tab “For Authors,” “Copyright Notice.”

Interested individuals who wish to partner with others in this opportunity are encouraged to consider a joint editorship.

Qualifications: Persons interested in this opportunity should have a degree in librarianship, have a strong background and record of professional publication in some field of related scholarship, be familiar with the open access movement and trends, and have a general knowledge of scholarly publishing standards and processes. Editorial experience is a plus.

 Responsibilities: Working with the existing management team through an initial period of transition, the appointee/appointees will gain a thorough understanding of all major aspects of the journal operations. The incumbent will exercise responsibility for the character and content of the journal; conduct effective communication with other members of the management/editorial team; assist section editors in soliciting submissions; ensure timely publication of issues; establish the table of contents for each issue; oversee editing processes; respond to author and reader inquiries; manage the budget; oversee press releases, promotion and marketing; report directly to the management team and the advisory board; and work to ensure the journal’s long-term stability and success.

 Transition: A newly appointed editor will negotiate a suitable period of transition, though January 2016 is optimal.

 Application Materials: Curriculum Vitae; succinct letter of interest highlighting qualifications; brief vision statement of possibilities for Collaborative Librarianship for the next five years; two to five references.

Applications should be submitted via attached email files to Ivan Gaetz or Valerie Horton, Co-General Editors, by May 15, 2015.

Ivan Gaetz                                                                                      Valerie Horton                                   

Ph. 719-389-6070                                                                         Ph. 612-624-2839

Brief Profile of Collaborative Librarianship:

Six full years of regular publication, January 2009 to the present, 4 issues per year.

“Views” count: (as of January 31, 2015) 465,966.  By summer 2015, the journal will exceed 500,000 total views for all items published. Over the past three years, total “views” count increases by approximately 40% annually.              Systems Platform: Currently on Open Journal Systems.  Other options currently being considered include the publishing arm of Digital Commons of the University of Denver.

Compensation: The journal currently does not offer monetary compensation to its editorial

team, its advisory board, reviewers, or any of its contributors. Editor commonly obtain press credentials, gratis by request, for conferences of the American Library Association.

Business Plan:  The journal maintains a reserve fund managed by a partner

501(3)(C) organization, the Colorado Library Consortium, based in Denver, Colorado, and receives a small revenue stream from journal aggregators.  Occasionally, given certain project expenses, appeals for funds have been made to our sponsoring organizations.

Citations: The journal increasingly is cited in other scholarly publications, in professional literature, on blogs, etc.

For more information on various aspects of the journal, see:

Mission: See tab “About”
Scope:  See tab “About”
Current Management: See left sidebar, “Editorial Team”
Sponsoring Organizations:  See tab “Journal Sponsorship”

More information about the journal and this opportunity can be obtained by contacting Ivan Gaetz or Valerie Horton.

Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

LYRASIS is excited to announce a new partnership with the Mellon-funded Open Library of Humanities (OLH), an open access program designed to provide peer-review, publishing, and hosting services for scholarly articles in the humanities. You may have seen the press release that was issued yesterday. Continue reading

Monographs and Open Access

 “The Monographs and Open Access Project was set up to consider the place of monographs in the arts, humanities and social science disciplines, and how they fit into the developing world of open access to research. The project was led by Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and was commissioned by HEFCE in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).”  Read more


Orbis Cascade Alliance’s new local system


Orbis Cascade Alliance and Ex Libris Complete Implementation of a Shared Resource Management and Discovery System Culmination of a two-year effort to replace local systems
Eugene, OR and Chicago, IL—January 22, 2015

The Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 North American academic institutions known for innovative collaboration, and Ex Libris Group, a global leader in library automation services, are pleased to announce completion of a two-year effort to migrate Alliance members to a shared, next-generation library management and discovery solution. Alliance member libraries have migrated from 37 locally hosted systems comprised of four discovery and three ILS platforms to shared use of the cloud-based Alma unified resource management solution and Primo discovery solution. Working in partnership, the Alliance and Ex Libris each played critical roles in managing the complex migration of four cohorts comprised of 6-11 libraries, each cohort migrating over a six-month period. Beyond migration, the Alliance and Ex Libris worked in partnership to create a new resource sharing solution and to develop consortial functionality that will allow Alliance member libraries to build on their 20-year history of shared work.

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Knowledge Unlatched Update

“Cultural Science Journal has published a full report on the KU Pilot project (Vol. 7, No. 2, 2014, ISSN 1836-0416) which you can read here:
“Knowledge Unlatched: A Global Library Consortium Model for Funding Open Access Scholarly Books. Full Report on the Proof-of-Concept Pilot 2014” provides information about the Knowledge Unlatched proof-of-concept Pilot, which took place between January 2012 and September 2014.

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Book Chapter Call

Brian Doherty, Dean of the New College of Florida, is seeking chapter submissions for  “The Handbook of Research on Academic Library Partnerships and Collaborations” (published by IGI-Global). We’re looking for contributions that cover a wide swath of research on this area of librarianship, including facility collaborations, shared services, library-vendor partnerships, collaborative technology projects, consortia, and inter-institutional collaborations. To see the call:

CRL and Partners Publish New e-Resources Model License

Chicago, Illinois – December 3, 2014. The Center for Research Libraries is pleased and proud to announce the major upgrade of an important resource for library investment in electronic resources.  The LIBLICENSE Project, started in 1997 at Yale University by Ann Okerson, who now serves as senior advisor at CRL, provides a rich source of information and guidance for libraries and other
institutions seeking to license digital resources for their faculty, students, and researchers.

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Three Press Directors Weigh in on Collaboration in Scholarly Publishing

“If you’re a press looking for collaborations,” Chrisman advised, “go out onto your home campus and start talking…. It’s always a wise thing for every university press to make [itself] as relevant as possible.” And Dougherty added, “Collaboration has to be integrated into the strategic thinking of presses.” Economies of scale, he said, should be a strong incentive: “  Read more