Library Collaboration Research

OCLC Research explores how libraries use collaboration to meet organizational needs more sustainably and take collective action toward shared goals.



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Weaving the fabric of library collaboration: Reflections on recent OCLC Research findings

By Lynn Silipigni Connaway

SCELCapalooza 2024
Los Angeles, California, USA

Collaboration can be an important strategy for libraries as they seek to reduce redundancies, leverage complementarities, highlight their strengths, and find pathways through emerging facets of the library mission. OCLC Research has built an extensive body of work on library collaboration that explores this topic from a range of perspectives, including collaboration across institutions and within institutions; collaboration in key areas of library strategic interest, including research data management, specialized collections, and public librarianship; data-driven analysis to support identifying and managing collaborative opportunities; and collaboration as a key pillar for visions of the a New Model Library of the future. This presentation will weave together findings from these studies to offer a foundation for a deeper understanding of the strategic decision of choosing collaboration, how to make it successful and sustainable, and its enduring relevance for 21st century libraries.

WIP Webinar = Sustaining Art Research Collections - Building Collaborations

Sustaining art research collections—Identifying and building strong library collaborations

By Brian Lavoie, Dennis Massie, Mercy Procaccini, and Chela Scott Weber

Works In Progress Webinar Series

Art libraries can look to innovative partnerships and collaborations as an important strategy for responding to strained budgets and to building institutional sustainability. The Operationalizing the Art Research Collective Collection project was designed to identify new possibilities for collaboration and partnership models that support sustainable, ongoing availability of the rich collections of art libraries to researchers, wherever they may be. The project used a mixed method approach, incorporating analysis of library data and case study interviews.

Visions of Transformation for a New Model Library

Visions of Transformation for a New Model Library

By Ixchel M. Faniel

Cooperating Raleigh Colleges' Library Workshop 2021

The need to adapt during a crisis is often the impetus for change. During this presentation, Ixchel Faniel will share findings from an OCLC Research project that looked into the future with twenty-nine global leaders from public, two-year, four-year, and research libraries. As these leaders reflected on their responses to rapidly changing community and institutional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, they discussed the changes they want to take into the future. These discussions illuminated new and evolving practices and policies to support the work, collections, and engagement experiences in libraries as they move beyond the pandemic.

Topics: New Model Library, Open Access, Library Consortia, Institutional Organization

University Futures, Library Futures: Emerging Directions in Shared Library Services: A Discussion with Shared Library and Consortium Directors

University Futures, Library Futures: Emerging Directions in Shared Library Services: A Discussion with Shared Library and Consortium Directors

By Constance Malpas

ALA Midwinter Conference
Denver, CO (US)

Malpas details the University Futures, Library Futures project that examined the impact of increasing differentiation of US higher education on the organization of academic libraries; and the shift from collection-centric model of excellence to engagement-oriented model supporting distinctive needs of parent institution.

Topics: Library Consortia, Library Trends