Radical Collaboration

For an ACRL committee producing a report, I’m investigating a category called “radical collaboration.” That basically means collaboration among academic libraries in relatively new ways, with collection development or public services or anything else.

If anyone knows of any examples of new types of collaboration among academic libraries, I would greatly appreciate it if you’d let me know, either in the comment section or via email at rbivens@princeton.edu.

Thanks very much.

8 thoughts on “Radical Collaboration

  1. I don’t know what counts as “new” for ACRL purposes, but in case these might:

    * Consortial institutional repositories (several; WRLC Aladin is one)
    * Academic-public library space and service sharing (e.g. Metro State University in the Twin Cities)

    • I don’t know what counts as new, either! It’ll depend on what I find out I guess. And thanks for the suggestions.

  2. Hi,

    Interesting question!

    OK, here is one that might whet your appetite: Have you heard of the Nereus Consortium? http://www.nereus4economics.info: They are a group of leading libraries from across the world focussed on economists.

    There are lots of library consortia and networks across the world, and this is on the up, so I am curious as to what you are after.
    What should their main goal be? For example, strategic development, innovation development, shared services, better resource management?

    Best, Vanessa

    • Thanks for the info, Vanessa. As for what I’m after, I’ll know it when I see it. I have no preconceptions here, and am just interested in finding out new ways that academic libraries are collaborating. I’ll go where the evidence takes me.

    • Thanks, Scott. That’s one of the few of these I’d actually heard of and probably does serve as a model of such “radical” collaboration.

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