LIBRARY CONSORTIA: CONNECTING LIBRARIES, TRANSFORMING SOCIETIES
Far Eastern University-FERN College Library Email address: maeste[email protected] Abstract
American Library Association (ALA) embraced the following premise in connection to the library’s role as an instrument for transforming societies: “When library professionals better understand and engage with their communities, libraries become stronger, more connected institutions, and librarians become more effective advocates for their patrons and their libraries.”
Having the same premise and belief with ALA, this presentation realizes the role of libraries as advocates of change through building library consortia. Sharing of resources and collaborating towards a goal are often the primary purpose of library consortia in order to address varying and increasing user needs for print and electronic resources. Secondary to it is the end goal of addressing these needs through cooperative and collaborative acquisition, thus, purchasing resources at reasonable and more affordable prices. Through the years, the concept of a library consortium has evolved as it started to spearhead partnerships with varying communities to be an instrument in transforming societies.
The session has the following objectives: (1) Development and management of library consortia; (2) opportunities and challenges of library consortia, and; (3) transformation of society through library consortia.
This session is further aims at providing information on the current status of the library consortia in the Philippines that are now growing in number, as well as the benefits the provide in order to deliver higher quality services to a wider group of library clients.