Texas local cross library type collaborations: researching benefits and challenges
Rohrig, Thomas Tedd
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Last year, I did a presentation on this topic. Basically, librarians traditionally collaborate within their professional type, e.g. academic, public, school, special, etc. Although there is increased collaboration across library types for individual research and projects, less is know about comprehensive local efforts to collaborate across types of libraries. This talk describes efforts to identify local cross library type efforts in Texas. I will update on my further research on this topic since last year, e.g. what is the status of the Lubbock Area Library Association and what I found when researching the existence of such groups beyond Texas. The benefits, challenges, and problems of developing these organizations and keeping them going and relevant will be revisited. It is hoped that the results of this research will encourage more local collaboration efforts across the state.