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Variety is the Spice of Life: Differing Models of Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries
Tim Bucknall, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
In this session I will discuss and explore three very different successful entrepeneurial initiatives launched at UNCG. Journal Finder was the first link resolver to go into production in the U.S. and is currently used by 40 libraries in 6 states. It was recently sold to WT Cox, a serials subscription agency. The Carolina Consortium is a buying club of 130 libraries that save approximately $150 million per year through joint purchasing arrangements. NC DOCKS is a locally developed institutional repository shared among 5 universities. These collaborations are very, very different from one another, yet all are cost-effective and fiscally sustainable. This session will compare and contrast differing models of entrepeneurship within a library, as well as the mechanisms used for assessing their financial viability.
Tim Bucknall is the Assistant Dean, University Libraries at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and the Founder and Convener of the Carolina Consortia