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Think Before You Collaborate
Charleston Advisor (2006)
  • Christopher N. Cox, University of Northern Iowa
Recent articles by Coffman and Arret in Searcher and Maxwell in American Libraries have called for a reevaluation of virtual reference; their articles cite rising costs, low usage, and technical glitches as reasons why libraries might want to pull the plug. Bailey-Hainer characterizes these claims as unfounded, at least as they apply to collaborative virtual reference; her article details the success of “Ask Colorado,” a statewide, multitype collaboration of 43 libraries. Bailey-Hainer cites that collaboration’s ability to serve a much widerrange of citizens, shared infrastructure, and collective marketing efforts as indications that collaboration makes virtual reference "more viable and affordable.
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Christopher N. Cox. "Think Before You Collaborate" Charleston Advisor Vol. 7 Iss. 3 (2006)
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