In today's economic climate, many libraries are work cooperatively and sharing facilities, staffs, and resources. This book gives you practical examples of how to make joint use a POSITIVE reality!
The first book of its kind, Joint-Use Libraries presents nine examples of situations in which libraries of different types share a building. In some cases one library takes the lead and staffs the operation. In other cases, two or more staffs inhabit the same building and divide the work. This essential book illustrates the variety of ways that public libraries, community college libraries, and college/university libraries have found to stretch their resources and better serve their users.
This book explores team-based strategies for joint-use libraries and shows how various libraries have addressed questions such as, Which library's online catalog will be used? How will costs for maintenance and utilities be shared? and Will there be one integrated staff, or separate staffs inhabiting the same building? The libraries described range from a very small library shared by Front Range Community College and the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, to a mammoth new joint library now being built in San Jose, California.
In Joint-Use Libraries, you'll encounter fascinating case studies of successful joint use that examine: