Op/Ed: The Case For Public and Academic Shared Libraries in Connecticut
When the University of Connecticut returned to downtown Hartford in 2017, after 47 years in West Hartford, the University’s extensive West Hartford undergraduate and graduate school library materials and operations had to follow. In an innovative and highly successful collaborative effort with the City of Hartford, which owns the Hartford Public Library in downtown Hartford and the independent Hartford Public Library association (HPL) which manages and operates it, the university relocated its West Hartford academic library resources to the Hartford Public Library one block from the restored 1920’s Hartford Times Building whose façade graces the University’s new downtown facility.
An overview of how and why this partnership came about may provide insight for other institutions and municipalities interested in creating a shared library.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.