New Report From OCLC Research: “Library Collaboration as a Strategic Choice: Evaluating Options for Acquiring Capacity” – LJ INFOdocket

August 14, 2022 by Gary Price
Library Collaboration as a Strategic Choice: Evaluating Options for Acquiring Capacity was written by Brian Lavoie. DOI: 10.25333/mt16-0c57.

From OCLC Research:
The OCLC Research report Library Collaboration as a Strategic Choice: Evaluating Options for Acquiring Capacity explores library collaboration as a key strategy for academic libraries in acquiring needed capacity, but also contextualizes it as one sourcing approach among a range of options available to libraries.
The decision for academic libraries to collaborate can yield distinct benefits, but not without an often-significant investment of effort, attention, and resources. Library collaboration needs to be weighed against the pros and cons of alternative ways of acquiring capacity. In short, collaboration is a decision that needs to be approached strategically.
This report provides insight and tools to support academic libraries in making intentional decisions about cross-institutional collaboration opportunities to acquire capacity, including:
The stakes of choosing library collaboration to acquire capacity—whether to support research data management (RDM), digital curation and preservation, print management, or any other area of library interest—have been heightened by a host of factors, like advances in new technologies, changing user expectations, evolving research practices, and economic pressures have led many institutions to explore collaboration as a means of addressing these environmental shifts.
Additionally, libraries have increasingly prioritized diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) outcomes in strategic planning; collaboration among libraries of different sizes, reach, and communities served may offer opportunities to expand services and extend impact. As interest in the collaboration option grows, it becomes even more important for academic libraries to be purposeful and strategic in their collaboration choices.
This report offers insights and resources that can help academic libraries in thinking about whether to choose the collaboration option, and, in cases where collaboration is the desired approach, in selecting the most effective forms of collaboration to meet strategic aims. The frameworks and tools offered in this report also can help with communicating sourcing decisions—especially those involving collaboration—to staff and other stakeholders. This in turn can improve transparency around sourcing decisions and, ultimately, strengthen buy-in from those impacted by the outcomes.
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Filed under: Academic Libraries, Data Files, Libraries, Management and Leadership, News, Preservation
Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.
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