cooperative collection development
There are lots of interesting experiments taking place at various schools; what can we learn from them? And can these be turned into larger scale initiaitives?
Joanne A. Schneider commented
Cooperative collection building has been the holy grail of collection development librarians for decades. So much about good cd work is locally-driven by the curriculum; otherwise we develop vanilla collections with little nuance. This said, good but laborious work is being done within a number of existing resource sharing consortia that form local communities of practice.
As in so many other cases, our best partners may not be colleges, and much will depend on the way we define "collection development." Most of us, one way or another, are already deep into CCD because we rely on other libraries for loans and on e-resource buying consortia; shaping that reliance into ccd will happen best through existing regional networks.