Collaborating to compete: the search for new alliances

Neil McLean

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    Librarians and information professionals are now facing a series of complex challenges in order to compete in an electronic networked environment where the user has an ever increasing array of choices in terms of information provision. The old certainties based on, and around, large collections of print items have dissipated over the past decade and the search is on for new ways of doing business. This paper assumes that the repositioning of service goals and management practices is essential for long term survival. The aim, therefore, is to explore the process of repositioning in a service environment where collaboration is essential in order to compete, where strategic alliances with other service industries become a necessity and where library managers have to rethink both the rationale and the mechanisms for collaboration between libraries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReference and Information Service Section Conference and Exhibition
    Subtitle of host publication1999 & beyond : partnerships and paradigms
    Place of PublicationPaddington, N.S.W.
    PublisherACMS - Conventions & Exhibitions
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 1999
    EventReference and Information Service Section Conference and Exhibition - Sydney
    Duration: 6 Sep 19998 Sep 1999


    ConferenceReference and Information Service Section Conference and Exhibition


    • librarians
    • service environment
    • collaboration


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