Working Together: Effective Collaboration in a Consortium Environment

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Copyright 2004, The Haworth Press, Binghamton, NY. Article photocopies available from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-HAWORTH or
This paper describes innovative library services to distance students negotiated through a geographically dispersed consortium, the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL). The Distance Education Forum (DE Forum) is one of the most active member groups within COPPUL, and has had a number of successes in collaborative services over the years. This paper provides an overview of how the DE Forum works, its Web site, and its ways of working through small sub-teams coordinated via an annual meeting. We describe a number of projects, looking both at what was successful and what didn’t work as well, and discuss what we learned
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Journal of Library Administration, 41 (1/2), pp. 203-215.