Cross-sectoral collaboration in the choice and implementation of a library management system: the experience of the University of Edinburgh and the National Library of Scotland
Cannell, Shiela; Guy, Fred
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Abstract: This paper discusses cross-sectoral collaboration in procuring and implementing a new library management system. After a historical review of collaboration in this area in the UK and other countries, it focuses on the joint purchase of the Voyager system (supplied by Endeavor Information Systems Inc.) by Edinburgh University and the National Library of Scotland. The differing missions and automation histories of the two institutions are discussed, followed by a practical summary of the procurement and implementation processes. The theoretical and practical advantages and disadvantages of this form of collaborative approach between academic and government organisations are described.