I spent today discussing coordinated collection development plans and efforts with a group of like-minded librarians, and it was lovely.  I don’t mean to imply that we all agree all the time; you had to be there to get the full effect of Deb’s shriek when we suggested that we all stop buying duplicates when two of us had a copy of a book (we were at 5, and we settled on 3).  What I do mean to imply is that we all support the effort.  We all believe in broadening our collections by reducing duplication.  We all believe in a shared collection.  We all believe in being efficient, effective, and responsive.

It was 7 hours of meeting and talking, but the signal to noise ratio with this group is fantastic.  Lots of ideas exchanged, a casual but comfortable and functional plan was developed, and we have a date for our next meeting.  And we’re all still excited about this endeavour.

I don’t really know what else to ask for.  Except maybe a drink, which is coming right up…


  1. I’m excited, too — I think we have great energy, and we might just pull off something cool. And if nothing else, I love having a group of peers doing the same work I do every day who can answer questions, listen, and understand. I’m excited for October!


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