OK, I know I'm late to the blogosphere party, and I know the survival of blogging is perenially questioned, but nonetheless I feel compelled to enter the fray. In my position as Executive Director of NELLCO, a consortium of 108 law libraries in 5 countries, I am privileged to enjoy a unique perch from which to view the landscape. I feel a responsibility to share what I have learned and continue to learn in this capacity. Blogging seems to be the best forum for what I have in mind.
In this space I will share what seems worth sharing for my imagined (at this point) audience. That audience includes the NELLCO membership, those interested in libraries (law or otherwise), higher ed collaborators, association professionals, and anyone else who sees the future as largely dependent upon successful collaborations. I'll try to post as regularly as possible and I'm sure I'll get the hang of this (tone, length, what lands and what doesn't) as I move forward. I hope you'll bear with me.
For purposes of this blog I'll use a broad brush to define collaboration. I won't focus on just grand plans and projects that have been consciously designed as collaboration vehicles. My goal is to generate conversation about how and when collaboration works, and how we can all be facilitators of those opportunities when they present themselves.
I plan to post on topics at both the macro and micro level. I was a philosophy major and I love the 30,000 foot view, but I'm also an administrator and there are a lot of practical ideas I'd like to share for getting work done on the ground, especially with limited resources. I hope you'll engage in the discussions when something strikes you, for better or worse! I'm anxious to learn from the collective.
So, that's the framework. We'll see how this goes.