How L-S has helped WR move through the Collaboration Continuum for Digitisation
LIFE-SHARE project – case studies, a toolkit and consortial models.Beccy – consortial models bit – found this bit of research done by OCLCEureka moment – realised that the continuum model would be good for describing levels of consortial services – but also helped me to describe what had happened to WR librariesContinuum shows collaboration moving up a scale – i.e. collaboration can range from sitting round talking about stuff together, to ‘shared services’WR - started talking, started investigating together, started doing jointly funded projects, now have embedded services.Project team are now going to talk some more about life-share work but we are using the continuum to think about other (not digital) services.
first meetingContact: groups first meet up to open dialogue. There are no joint efforts or projects at this stage, just getting to know each other and building relationships that allow groups to proceed along the continuum.
WR already had a connectionBid writing processEstablishing the project group
meet in person, can achieve so much more than via email or even on the phone Making contact is worthwhile in its own right even if you don’t do anything moreNeed to do it before you can go to next stageNeed to keep doing it, even when move up the continuumRegular meetings foster realistic goals, you set actions and then have to do them in time for the next meeting
Dating, no strings attachedCooperation: groups work informally on an activity that offers small but tangible effort. This might be sharing information or helping each other out with an activity; can be one way cooperation at this stage.
setting meetings with project team and partnersExchange of experience eventsCase studies – supporting individual servicesDave's training
rewards of communicationNo need for agenda, informal set up withshared interests leads to good communicationIf this level works well you know it's worth pursuing
moving in togetherCoordination: work moves beyond an ad hoc or ‘as needed’ basis, and a framework is required to organise the group into everyone knowing what they have to do, when and where. Calendaring, distribution lists, meeting reports and other communication tools emerge to support this framework, such as cross-domain advisory committees.
digitisation suites – equipment buying has been coordinated so not buying the same stuff 3 times and are developing specialismsSetting up EKT working groupBid writing (after-LIFE!)
senior management support Investment in time (and travel) Shared infrastructure (tools for sharing docs etc)
getting hitchedCollaboration: moves beyond the shared agreements of the previous two stages, to become a process of shared creation – the groups should create new shared understanding that did not exist previously and could not be arrived at individually. Something is new that was not there before, including transformation among the collaborators – it is because of this need for actual change that true collaboration occurs so infrequently.
shared training service – being explored beyond just digitisationShared digitisation service - White Rose approach to Digitisation (governance model being drawn up)toolkit
hardly anyone gets this far because it takes such a leap of faithTrust – easy to be trustworthy, harder to trust someone else but if you've got good communication already established it's easierBetter than the sum of our parts
having a baby or puppy or pygmy hedgehogConvergence: a state of collaboration that has become so extensive, engrained and assumed, it is no longer really recognised as a collaborative undertaking. It has matured to become infrastructure – a critical system we rely on without considering the collaborative effort that makes it possible.
The future of WR diagram – thinking beyond the institutions and at level of service / tasks / job roles
need to have done collaboration well first and for a long timeNeed to stop thinking about what you're bringing to the table and think more about what we can achieve together.You should no longer be thinking about working together
Library Seeks Partner, Must Have GSOH...
Library seeks partner, must have GSOH…<br />29th March 2011 | Digital Collaboration Colloquium<br />Bo Middleton | Beccy Shipman | Matthew Herring | Ned Potterlifefirstname.lastname@example.org|www.leeds.ac.uk/projects/lifeshare<br />
Diane M. Zorich, Günter Waibel, Ricky Erway<br />http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2008/2008-05.pdf<br />
CONTACT.Meeting someone for the first time.<br />
CONTACT.White Rose had a connection already.<br />
CONTACT.Meeting in person is worth the effort.<br />