Developing Best Practices for Technical Services Cross-Institutional Collaboration

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technical services workflow, technical services management, interlibrary collaboration, collaborative librarianship, costing of technical services, cross-institutional cooperation


The OhioLINK CollaboraTeS Project was initiated to support cross-institutional collaborations by building a skills inventory and by defining collaborative best practices. This article discusses what was learned and defines best practices for collaboration. The authors recommend the creation of regional technical services skills inventories, and the application of management and financial best practices to collaborations. Librarians should be confident they possess these skills because many of them have been learned in other environments. Collaboration represents a bright future for libraries struggling to meet tight budgets. Providing the tools and best practices for collaboration makes it easier for libraries to participate.

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Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, v. 51, issue 1-3, p. 179-193