The library community has always recognized and valued the power of cooperation. By sharing knowledge, services and resources, libraries expand their impact and create more value for their users. OCLC programs for groups and consortia increase opportunities for groups to support their members with research, training and services that streamline the technical challenges of sharing resources between libraries.
Improve results for all libraries in your group, big and small
The LIBROS consortium in New Mexico includes academic and special libraries that vary widely in size, purpose and scope. The group wanted to find a way to share a common management system while still allowing individual libraries to have more autonomy and local control. The solution they found meets the needs of the larger institutions without overwhelming the smaller ones.
Collaborate at the state level on professional development
Library staff members must keep their skills current to face the evolving needs of library users. But managing staff training can be expensive, inconvenient and difficult to get off the ground. WebJunction® partners with state libraries and other service agencies to provide cost-effective training and staff development programs that are convenient to access and easy to manage.
Connect all state residents to reference librarians
Washington State Library's Ask-WA service allows residents to reach a reference librarian at any time of day or night. The Ask-WA chat service features reference librarians from academic and public libraries who work together to meet the information needs of people in the state.
Collaborate to reduce costs and get to your 'wish list'
The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), an academic library group providing library automation services to 23 institutions, was looking to change to a new library management system. They made "radical collaboration" across collections, processes and staff expertise a priority.
Share resources to expand outreach and preservation opportunities
Many Montana libraries are geographically remote. They often face technical isolation as well. Working with public, academic and special libraries and branches, the Montana State Library's Group Services initiative has pooled resources to help each library accomplish amazing things and to provide better access to the world's information.