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Consortia[1]

  1. 1. Library Consortia Binwi Ngwa-Suh LBSC734 Spring 2011
  2. 2. My Aim <ul><li>What’s it all about? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Background/History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Review of literature: past and present </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advantages and disadvantages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recommendations for the future </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>Library Consortium – group of two or more libraries that have agreed to cooperate with each other in order to fulfill certain similar needs, usually resource sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sharing collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sharing services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sharing processes (i.e. joint cataloging of materials, or of staff and user training, etc.) 1 </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Background <ul><li>Governed by a Board of Directors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May have staff reporting to the ED; depends on consortia size </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop Mission Statement and agenda for the consortia 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Membership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May involve dues and/or other fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries may have to devote much staff time to consortia activities 3 (i.e. task groups, planning committees, monthly meetings, increased volume in request processing, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. History <ul><li>1930s: Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) group of three (now four) academic libraries in North Carolina </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of North Carolina </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duke University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>North Carolina State University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>North Carolina Central University 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1960s: OCLC </li></ul>
  6. 6. History <ul><li>Late 1960s-1970s: Automation Processes and Integrated Library Systems 5 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Died down and gave way to consortia focused around electronic resource sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Electronic Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Single vs. multi-type library consortia </li></ul><ul><li>Single vs. multi-task library consortia </li></ul><ul><li>Network vs. Regional library consortia </li></ul>
  7. 7. Advantages <ul><li>1. Financial constriction </li></ul><ul><li>2. Cost sharing </li></ul><ul><li>3. Availability of funds </li></ul><ul><li>4. Pressure from numbers </li></ul><ul><li>5. Resource improvement </li></ul><ul><li>6. Service improvement </li></ul><ul><li>7. Management improvement </li></ul><ul><li>8. Image enhancement; Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>9. Technological development 6 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Disadvantages <ul><li>1. Too Many Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>2. Time Delays </li></ul><ul><li>3. Inefficient </li></ul><ul><li>4. Ineffective </li></ul><ul><li>5. Ineffable </li></ul><ul><li>6. Sustainability Issues </li></ul><ul><li>7. Scalability Issues </li></ul><ul><li>8. Too Many </li></ul><ul><li>9. Too Ossified </li></ul><ul><li>10. Idea and Reality Out of Whack </li></ul><ul><li>11. Competition Trumps Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>12. Surly Alexandrians 7 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Recommendations <ul><li>Digital Resources- Find a common ground </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation- Go back to the roots </li></ul>
  10. 10. References <ul><li>1. Bostick, Sharon L. “Academic Library Consortia in the United States: An Introduction.” Liber Quarterly 11 (2001): 6-13. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Ibid. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Ibid. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Hiremath, Uma. “Electronic Consortia: Resource Sharing in the Digital Age.” Collection Building 20 (2001): 80-87. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Bostick (2001). </li></ul><ul><li>6. Alexander, Adrian W. “Toward ‘The Perfection of Work:’ Library Consortia in the Digital Age.” Journal of Library Administration 28 (1999): 1-14. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Peters, Thomas A. “Consortia and Their Discontents.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 29 (2003): 111-114. </li></ul>

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