groups and consortia

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.

Colleges that make up CI-CCI

Share your print collection to expand your library

Librarians at Drake University and Grand View University wanted to decrease the number of seldom-used titles on their shelves to create room for expanding the collection and for student collaboration space. They worked with librarians nearby at Central College, Grinnell College and Simpson College to form the Central Iowa – Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI-CCI) and developed a shared print collection.

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Library at the University of New Mexico, a LIBROS institution

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.

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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.

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Improve online discovery for consortium members

The Alberta Library, a consortium of 49 public, university, college, technical institute and special libraries, wanted to connect users to its resources from the online sites and tools they already use. Access to a global library catalog and syndication partners, such as Google, Goodreads and DOGObooks, helped make that possible.

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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.

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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.

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