Collaborative Librarianship, Vol 1, No 4 (2009)

Tough Economic Times Call for More Library Cooperation: Report on a Wyoming and Colorado Alliance Conference

Jeffrey Scott Bullington


On April 10, 2009, the Alliance, a consortium of academic, public and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming, convened a conference on "Cooperation: How to Thrive Despite Reduced Funding." Drawing on the expertise of national and state leaders in the fields of education and economics, conference participants heard from two keynote speakers about the changing environment of libraries and educational institutions. Referencing these changes, then, various local librarians explored ways collaboratively to advance library resources and services. An overview of these conference presentations perhaps may help libraries and their partners in other regions of the United States and elsewhere gain insight into possible collaborative strategies that sustain library development in difficult economic times.

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