University Libraries Publications

Title

The CollaboraTes Story: Best Practices for Cross-Institutional Collaborations

Publication Title

Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Publication Date

2012

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/01639374.2012.733795

Keywords

technical services workflow, technical services management, interlibrary collaboration, collaborative librarianship, costing of technical services, cross-institutional cooperation

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The OhioLINK CollaboraTeS Project was initiated to support cross-institutional collaborations by building a skills inventory and by defining collaborative best practices. This article discusses what was learned and defines best practices for collaboration. The authors recommend the creation of regional technical services skills inventories, and the application of management and financial best practices to collaborations. Librarians should be confident they possess these skills because many of them have been learned in other environments. Collaboration represents a bright future for libraries struggling to meet tight budgets. Providing the tools and best practices for collaboration makes it easier for libraries to participate.


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