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Presentation
Collaborative Imperative: How Public and Academic Libraries in Northwest Washington Worked Together to Share Resources and Improve Service
American Library Association (2012)
  • Christopher N. Cox, University of Northern Iowa
  • Jane Blume
Abstract
Academic libraries (baccalaureate, community college, technical college, and tribal) in Whatcom County, Washington have entered into a unique partnership with the city public library and county library system to expand access to library materials and improve services to the community. Whatcom county community members can now borrow materials from any library and return them to any library. They can find out what's available through a joint catalog scope set up in WorldCat. Public library connections have been set up at the academic libraries allowing holds to be picked up and checked out using a self-check machine, effectively creating virtual branches. The libraries have also collaborated on an innovative one book community reading project called "Whatcom Reads!" All of this has been done with little money, and more ideas are on the way. Come find out how you can initiate such a collaboration in your community!
Publication Date
June 24, 2012
Citation Information
Christopher N. Cox and Jane Blume. "Collaborative Imperative: How Public and Academic Libraries in Northwest Washington Worked Together to Share Resources and Improve Service" American Library Association (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/chris_cox/11/