Community connections, community collections: Building partner support for collaborative digitization projects

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David Gwynn, Digital Projects Coordinator (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: PurposeThis paper aims to explore library–community collaboration from both a theoretical and practical perspective, highlighting successful collaborative strategies and projects and illustrating important considerations for libraries that are considering community partnerships.Design/methodology/approachThis paper consists of a literature review and several “capsule” case studies of projects completed at one academic library to illustrate principles that can result in successful collaborative projects.FindingsLibrary–community collaboration presents significant benefits if the needs and priorities of all collaborating partners are taken into account. Successful projects will use the strengths of one partner to balance the weaknesses of another, will be based on shared goals, will offer credit to all partners and will result in stronger relationships for all involved.Originality/valueAlthough library–community partnerships are not uncommon, many of these partnerships are housed in public libraries or involve only large, institutional players. This paper explores several non-traditional academic library initiatives involving youth service learning and outreach to smaller community groups that might otherwise be ignored by large university libraries.

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Digital Library Perspectives
Language: English
Date: 2016
Collaboration, Community, Engagement, Libraries, Digitization, Grants

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