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Blog Post
March 6, 2019

Scale Is Existential

New Issue Brief on Library Collaborations

For more than a hundred years, academic libraries in North America have understood that they must seek scale greater than that of their own institution in order to provide the collections and services that their communities need. In search of cross institutional scale, libraries have developed an array of consortia and other collaborative vehicles. But as the nature of the collections libraries seek to provide, and the services that their user communities require, has evolved, so must their…
Issue Brief
March 6, 2019

Restructuring Library Collaboration

Strategy, Membership, Governance

Academic libraries typically serve individual higher education institutions, yet their objectives require that they achieve greater negotiating power, more efficient distribution of collections, and stronger systems and services than even the largest academic library can provide itself. As a result, academic libraries have sought for more than a century to generate cross-institutional scale. In this paper, I examine efforts to generate that scale, including consortia and other membership organizations, which collectively I term “collaborative vehicles.” Yet collaboration is not good…
Past Event
February 14, 2019

Roger Schonfeld Delivers Plenary Address at NFAIS

On Thursday, February 14, Roger Schonfeld is delivering a plenary address on “The Role of Library Consortia in the Transition to Cloud-based Infrastructure and Open Access Publishing” at the NFAIS Annual Conference in Alexandria, Virginia. His session will run from 10:45 am to noon, and registration is now open on the NFAIS website. Abstract Library consortia and systems have played a major role in the development of collaborations to expand the availability of collections and licensed content and reduce…
Blog Post
January 19, 2017

LYRASIS and its Inclusive Leadership Model

Before being named CEO of LYRASIS, Robert Miller was the General Manager of Digital Libraries at the Internet Archive, where he oversaw the scanning of millions of books in both the United States and in a host of other countries. It is my opinion that librarianship was a contagious disease that infected him. He simply fell in love with the mission of libraries, so it was no surprise when I learned that Robert had been tapped to lead LYRASIS…