May 21, 2022

Article: “Innovating for Impact: The Next Evolution of Library Consortia”

The following article appears in the latest issue (9.4) of Collaborative Librarianship.


Innovating for Impact: The Next Evolution of Library Consortia


Xan Arch
University of Portland

Isaac Gilman
Pacific University


Collaborative Librarianship
Vol. 9. No. 4


Academic library consortia have traditionally focused on resource sharing and e-resource purchasing as core programs and value propositions for members. However, as academic libraries increasingly look beyond financial value and seek to demonstrate impact on institutional priorities and student outcomes, consortia must evolve to provide services that support those goals. This paper presents selected examples of innovative consortial programs that can have a significant impact on teaching, learning, and research at members’ institutions as suggested models for other consortia that may be engaged in reviewing strategic priorities and programs.

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