Workshop – Building shared capacity: collaborative library directions in the UK
Libraries consort in a variety of ways to get their work done. This may be in the context of nationally coordinated activity (e.g. Jisc), or through library collaboration (e.g. White Rose Consortium), or through contracted services. It is generally accepted that cooperation will increase. This session will discussion cooperation in the UK against an international background.
Lorcan Dempsey will frame a discussion about cooperation. He will briefly consider the historical situation in the UK, and the balance between national provision, collaborative activity and third party sourcing in different national environments. He will then talk about the motivations for collaborative action (scaling capacity, learning, innovation and influence), and discuss some dimensions in which different choices around cooperative activity occur (scoping, scaling, sourcing).
John MacColl will consider the current UK environment in this context, discussing how libraries secure the infrastructure and shared services upon which they increasingly depend. Will library collaboration grow? What can be expected from Jisc, the British Library or others?
Nicola Wright will then consider RLUK’s role in this context, looking to its specific contribution in the UK landscape and considering how it might develop.
Finally the speakers will form a panel to address issues raised in discussion with the audience.