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Joint Libraries: Models That Work

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The joint-use college/public library can be an ideal solution to serving patrons while managing overextended resources, and this illuminating book scrutinizes successes and failures of the joint-use model. Three founding faculty librarians of a joint-use college/public library discuss the factors that should go into evaluating when and where a joint library is suitable. Incorporating lessons learned from five case studies, the authors

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Overview

The joint-use college/public library can be an ideal solution to serving patrons while managing overextended resources, and this illuminating book scrutinizes successes and failures of the joint-use model. Three founding faculty librarians of a joint-use college/public library discuss the factors that should go into evaluating when and where a joint library is suitable. Incorporating lessons learned from five case studies, the authors

Include a short history of joint libraries, exploring how this model is a natural evolution from reciprocal borrowing, shared catalogs, and interlibrary loan
Explain how to manage all aspects of a joint-use library, including choices about the physical plant, decisions on contractual requirements, collection development, classification systems, cataloging and technical services issues, personnel, and more
Address emerging trends and best practices for serving students and the general public simultaneously
Offer interviews with administrators and staff in successful joint-use libraries
Anyone interested in joint-use libraries in particular, or radical ideas for extending resources in general, will want the information in this book.

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VOYA - Stacy Holbrook
As budget issues arise, the joint library model may be a consideration for some libraries to combine resources, facilities, and staff. As the authors describe, however, this is not a model to decide upon lightly. Joint Libraries: Models That Work provides an in-depth look at joint library models, including the determining factors that lead to increased success and issues that may lead to project failures. This title includes a brief discussion of the history behind school library joint partnerships; however, the authors primarily focus on joint academic/public libraries, giving concrete examples from their own experiences as well as information from examples of multi-use libraries across the country. These examples include five case studies of successful and not-so-successful partnerships. The information presented focuses on such administrative concerns as facilities and architectural needs, legal concerns, and staffing issues. Issues involving collection development (primarily classification and access) and technology (Internet filtering and website management) are also included. Appendixes include the agreements between three joint libraries and are available as downloadable, editable Word documents from the ALA editions website. This title is well written, using research and specific examples to provide readers with the information necessary for considering a multi-use library. While considerations are given to the children's area and children's programming in the joint academic/public model, it is from an administrative view of staffing and facility design. Therefore, Joint Libraries is recommended for library administrators and directors, or other key stakeholders, looking to consolidate academic and public libraries. Reviewer: Stacy Holbrook
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838911389
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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