ASIS Midyear '98 Proceedings

Collaboration Across Boundaries:
Theories, Strategies, and Technology

Case Studies in Academic Collaboration

Sponsored by SIG CRS, SIG LAN, and SIG TIS


Academe has endured many intellectual and cultural revolutions, but how well is it handling the technology evolution? New technologies have made enormous demands on the institutions of higher learning. Unusual, even unimagined collaborative partnerships have been forged to address the demands of student, staff and faculty related to technology. How successful have these partnerships been? How does collaboration or lack of it impact the academy? How stressful are these partnerships? This panel will present case studies that involve two or more academic related organizations addressing needs generated by changes in technology.


Collaboration Between a Computer Services Help Desk and Library Reference Department
Doug Kaylor, Wright State University

As computer technology and network access diffuses throughout the university, faculty and staff demands for WWW training and support resulted in a blurring of user support responsibilities. This case reports on the collaborative model developed at Wright State University. Issues involved included accuracy, timeliness and expertise of support, duplication of services, coordination of efforts, interdepartmental communications, diverse corporate culture, and funding.

A Statewide Cooperative Project: The Louisiana Library Network
Carol Barry, Louisiana State University (contributed paper)

Describes the development and implementation of two statewide library networks in Louisiana: the Louisiana Online University Information System (LOUIS), a network of academic libraries, and the Louisiana Library Network (LLN), a network that includes public and school libraries. The projects that resulted in the creation of LOUIS and LLN are discussed in terms of the cooperative efforts of state agencies, academic institutions and libraries throughout the state. The services and resources provided to library patrons as a result of these projects are described, and the benefits of this type of cooperative project are discussed.

Contrary to Collaboration: Issues in Academic Isolation
M. Jay Norton, University of Southern Mississippi

Preliminary report on an investigation into why some academics seem to prefer isolation over collaboration. Circumstances which contribute to academic isolation will be suggested. Discussion of collaboration and professional contact as an essential but sometimes threatening aspect of being a professional academic.

Moderator: Vivian Hay, Getty Information Institute

Panel presented at the 1998 midyear meeting of the Association for Information Science, May 17-20, 1998, Orlando, Florida.

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