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Monday, October 2 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Maintaining Effective Colllaboration: Supporting a Shared Library System

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The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium of 39 academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. In 2012, the Alliance completed an RFP for a shared integrated library system (SILS), moving to a single software platform/product. Migrating, implementing, and maintaining that system (Ex Libris' cloud-based products Alma and Primo) is done cooperatively by a very small central consortial staff who support faculty and staff at member libraries to do consortial work ranging from the routine to the complex, and with consortium-wide impacts ranging from minimal to significant.

This paper focuses on the tools and structures used by the consortium to train and professionally develop individuals who work at and are employed by member libraries, and who spend significant portions of their time doing the consortium's work. Successful approaches to relationship-building, accountability and recognition efforts, as well as specific organizational structures and collaboration tools are discussed.

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Ray Henry

Program Manager, Resource Sharing & Fulfillment, Orbis Cascade Alliance

Monday October 2, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Seattle 3 1415 5th Ave, Seattle WA 98101