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Consortia building: a handshake and a smile, island style

Information technology and libraries [March 2000]


Abstract: In the evaluation of consortia and what constitutes these entities the discussion runs the gamut. From small, loosely knit groups who are interested in cooperation for the sake of improving services to large membership-driven organizations addressing multiple interests, all recognize the benefits of partnerships. The Federated States of Micronesia are located in the western Pacific Ocean and cover 3.2 million square miles. Throughout this scattering of small islands exists an enthusiastic library community of staff and users that have changed the outlook of libraries since 1991. Motivated by the collaborative efforts of this group, a project has unfolded over the past year that will further enhance library services through staff training and education while utilizing innovative technology. In assessing the library needs of the region this group crafted the document "The Federated States of Micronesia Library Services Plan, 1999*2003," which coalesces the concepts, goals, and priorities put forward by a broad-based contingency of librarians. The compilation of the plan and its implementation demonstrate an understanding of the issues and exhibit the ingenuity, creativity, and willingness to solve problems on a grand scale addressing the needs of all libraries in this vast Pacific region.

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Publication Year:2000
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Information technology and libraries
Publication Info:Volume 19 Number 02
Issue:March 2000
Publisher:Library Information and Technology Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:SPECIAL ISSUE: Library Consortia around the World, Part Two. JOHN F. HELMER, Guest Editor~Patricia J. Cutright ( is Library Director of the Pierce Library at Eastern Oregon University
Subject: Library consortia
Record Number:8526
Last Update:2024-05-07 17:19:37
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00