Building bridges: collaboration within and beyond the academic library

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Chandos, 2006 - Education - 143 pages
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Summary: Intended for academic libraries, this book covers all aspects of collaboration. Technology has increased the need for, and the ability to, collaborate at work; the first part of the book contains a discussion of: the basic hows and whys of collaboration; building an environment where collaboration can flourish; descriptions and how-tos for using technology tools which aid and enhance the collaborative process; a process of how to get started in collaborative projects; and how to manage them once you begin. The second section of the book presents real-life case studies of collaboration in academic libraries followed by discussions of how each project worked (or not) and why. Key Features: 1.Describes in detail how to get collaborative projects off the ground and running, and how to manage them for the long-term 2.Guides the reader through the technology that they can use to enhance their collaborative efforts 3.Provides case-studies of real-life examples of collaboration projects The Authors: Anne Langley is Co-ordinator of the Science and Engineering Libraries and Head of the Chemistry Library at Duke University, USA and has worked in academic libraries for over 18 years. Edward Gray is the Public Services Librarian for the Biological and Environmental Sciences Library at Duke University. K T L Vaughan is the Librarian for Bioinformatics and Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library, USA. Readership: The book is aimed at all librarians and informational professionals; it will be of interest to both practicing and new librarians. Librarians who work in instruction and with university faculty will find it particularly useful. Contents: Section one - how to collaborate Why collaborate - describes in detail all the reasons why you would want or need to collaborate Building foundations for collaboration/creating an environment where collaboration can happen and flourish Technology tools for collaboration - types of tools for communication and for work sharing Getting started - how to start and maintain collaborative projects Evaluation, why and how - keeping you and the project on track Section two - case studies and plans for action Among librarians Collaboration with teaching faculty Collaboration between peer institutions

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Unfortunately there's some very sloppy editing in this book. Page 5 has a quote that is not only paraphrased, but attributed to the wong author. (It's Henry Melvill, not Herman Mellville as the book states.) This type of easily checked error is shameful in a book about libraries and communication. 

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Building foundations for collaboration
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Technology tools for collaborations
35
Getting started
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Anne Langley is Co-ordinator of the Science and Engineering Libraries and Head of the Chemistry Library at Duke University, USA and has worked in academic libraries for over sixteen years. Edward Gray is Science and Engineering Librarian at Duke University; K T Vaughan is a Librarian at the University of North Carolina, USA.

Edward Gray is associate professor of history, Florida State University. He is the author or coeditor of three previous books and editor of "Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life "(www.common-place.org). He lives in Tallahassee.