Expanding the realm of the possible through collaboration
Equitable access to information and a commitment to the public good are core values of librarianship. But in an era of resource scarcity for public institutions, how are libraries succeeding in maintaining these essential commitments? Drawing on more than a decade of experience in collaborative library work, this talk will explore and celebrate the power of collective community-based efforts to transform libraries in the digital age. Successful community collaborations -- including the Texas Digital Library’s consortial research data repository and the implementation of multi-institutional networks for preservation of digital collections -- continue to expand the realm of the possible beyond individual institutional efforts and amplify those efforts to make invaluable digital collections more accessible, usable, and secure.