Valerie Horton is a library consultant. She has served as the director of two library consortia: Minitex and the Colorado Library Consortium. She was also the library director at Colorado Mesa University, and worked at New Mexico State University and Brown University. In 2018 she was awarded the ASCLA’s Leadership and Professional Achievement Award. Horton received an ALA International Fellowship to automate libraries in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She has authored or co-authored three books for the American Library Association and was the co-general editor of the journal Collaborative Librarianship.
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- About the Authors
No library stands alone. A long-standing tenet of the discipline, library cooperation predates the founding of ALA. Although these are times of crisis and uncertainty for library consortia (by one count, more than 65 consortia have closed since 2008), the collaboration that consortia offer helps libraries extend the value of every dollar spent. With over 35 years of experience managing five different library consortia between them, Horton and Pronevitz are uniquely qualified to show how consortia have been transforming themselves, offering new services and products while growing ever more important to the library community. Covering the history, current landscape, management approaches, critical trends, and key services that define today's library consortia, they
- Highlight the current trends impacting consortia and the fiscal difficulties many have experienced since the 2007-2009 Recession
- Present conclusions drawn from sixteen case studies and the results of a recent survey on consortial environment and priorities
- Look into current management practices and give an overview of consortia activities, such as e-book technology and delivery methods
- Discuss the Discover to Delivery continuum, a key trend that allows libraries to maximize services
This book will help new library staff understand the full range of activities that take place in today's consortia, while also showing consortia managers, participants in consortial governance, and participating libraries methods for revising current practices, places for expanding services, and adopting new project ideas.
Case Study 2: The Enki Experiment: Library E-book Consortia System
Case Study 3: Statewide E-book Projects for Multitype Libraries in Massachusetts
Case Study 4: Article Licensing Information Availability Service (ALIAS)
Case Study 5: Embracing Wide Deals (Interconsortial Licensing)
Case Study 6: Open SUNY Textbook Program
Case Study 7: Interstate Library Delivery
About the Authors and Contributors
"The editors and their team of experienced contributors discuss the past, present, and future of library collaboration, emphasizing the activities of consortia, the key services they provide, and their management techniques. Sixteen fascinating case studies show what can be achieved by diverse libraries working together. This important volume is a valuable resource for professional collections in academic and large public libraries."
"The authors have been careful to include case studies for many different consortia types including multi-type groups. Although the primary audience of the work are those involved with consortia or their initiatives; it will also be beneficial to any librarian who would like a deeper understanding of the range of library collaboration currently taking place."
— Technical Services Quarterly
"The book presents a very thorough, multi-faceted understanding of the past, present, and future of consortia. For those who think that collective purchasing is the sole raison d'être of library consortia, think again … As someone who has worked with library consortia in Canada for many years, I can say unreservedly that anyone involved with library consortia (e.g., librarians, administrators, publishers) wishing to understand the remarkable breadth of collaborative activity would benefit from this book. For librarians, regardless of the library service or department in which you work, consortia will affect your work, your opportunities, and your career."
"Covers significant ground ... The historical tenacity of library consortia, and the many creative projects that successfully meet a wide range of member needs, speak to the sustaining value of the collaborative relationships they represent. Consortial leadership is hard work on a constantly shifting foundation, but Horton and Pronevitz's exploration of the subtleties and potential of library cooperation, with active commitment from all parties, makes a strong case for the ongoing value of consortia."
— Collaborative Librarianship