Sunday, 7 June 2009

GLAM : Trends in Collaboration and Cooperation

Collaboration - from promise to project
Though inter domain collaboration between museums, libraries, galleries and archives is often spoken off as a necessary and immediate goal, the sector produces little in the way of documented international comparative evidence of how it happens, and to what effect.

This report is a welcome contribution. The quoted commentary if from The Source, at the NLNZ.

Public Libraries, Archives and Museums: Trends in Collaboration and Cooperation

"This report examines the recent trends in collaboration and cooperation between public libraries, archives and museums. In many cases, the shared or similar missions of the institutions reviewed make them ideal partners in collaborative ventures.

Different types of collaborative projects are examined, including exhibits, community programmes, digital resources and joint-use facilities. Examples come from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom (UK), as well as from Russia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The report concludes with a guide to collaborations, including examples of best practices in the field, a guide to a successful collaboration, a discussion of the benefit and risks of collaboration, and a list of resources consulted"

From the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) website

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