Lorcan Dempsey Delves into the Power of Library Consortia in Blog Series

Scaling consortia

Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President of the Membership and Research Division, and Chief Strategist at OCLC, has just completed a four-part blog series on “The Powers of Library Consortia.”

In the series, he delves into the advantages that collaborating at scale can have for libraries as they amplify influence, share learning and innovation, and build and scale capacity, both within their own institution and across the library network.

“In four blog entries I am going to consider library consortia or collaborative organizations using this framework,” Dempsey explains. “I have two purposes: 1. The first is to ask some questions about the shape and dynamics of consortia, in order to contribute to thinking about an important and underexamined topic . . . 2. The second is to underline how scaling learning and innovation have become important shared concerns in complex times, and deserve increased investment of both attention and resources.”

Read the four installments on Dempsey’s blog:

  1. The powers of library consortia 1: How consortia scale capacity, learning, innovation and influence
  2. The powers of library consortia 2: Soft power and purposeful mobilization: scaling learning and innovation
  3. The powers of library consortia 3: Scaling influence and capacity
  4. The powers of library consortia 4: Scoping, sourcing and right-scaling

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