Focus and Scope

Increasingly, libraries are moved to seek partnerships with other libraries, with other organizations in the information and technology fields, with other entities in our institutions, and with other groups and enterprises in our communities. While partnerships of all sorts have had a long history in the field of librarianship, today, as never before, there is greater urgency to develop and exploit library partnerships, and to think widely and creatively on new types of, and potentials for, partnerships.

Published materials appear from time to time on library cooperation and partnerships. Most recently, the America Library Association produced the volume, Burgett, James, John Hear and Linda L. Phillips. Collaborative Collection Development. A Practical Guide for Your Library (Chicago: ALA, 2004), 211 p. From time to time, articles appear in various library journals. These welcomed items provide insightful analyses of cases and opportunities of cooperative librarianship. At present, to my knowledge, there is no journal dedicated to the topic of cooperative librarianship, or dedicated to any aspect of resource sharing or coordinated library services.

As the issue rises in importance and urgency, perhaps now is the time to create an organum for treating consistently and comprehensively the matter of cooperative librarianship.

Features of Collaborative Librarianship include:

The journal contains six sections: Editorials, Scholarly Articles, From the Field, Viewpoints, Reviews and News.

The journal is sponsored by: Colorado Academic Library Consortium, Colorado Library Consortium, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, Regis University, University of Denver. For more information, please contact Ivan Gaetz, Dean of Libraries, Regis University,

We want to particularly thank the Advisory Board for their support and advice.


Such a journal on cooperative librarianship would meet, in part, some of the goals identified at the June 2008 CALC General Meeting as important to academic libraries. These include:

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Section Policies


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Scholarly Articles

At its center, Collaborative Librarianship (CL) consists of scholarly, peer-reviewed articles covering a wide variety of topics related to collaboration among libraries of any type or related to collaboration between libraries and other agencies and organizations. CL articles approach these topics in a variety of ways, including historically, quantitatively, qualitatively, analytically, theoretically, philosophically, or practically.

CL articles provide local, regional, national or international perspectives.

Articles appearing in CL will make a contribution to the scholarly literature of the profession of librarianship. Authors may submit unsolicited articles for consideration.  All submissions, solicited and unsolicited, that are deemed suitable for CL’s audience will be distributed to a select set of peer reviewers.  This may result in a request for revisions, recommendation for inclusion in another section of CL, or recommendation that the article not be accepted. Decisions regarding acceptance, revision, or rejection are made by the editors of the “Articles” section of this journal. 

Authors are expected to follow the “Guidelines for Authors” as printed in the appropriate section of this journal.  

For additional information, authors should contact either of the co-editors of the “Articles” section:

Michael Levine-Clark,, University of Denver

Ivan Gaetz,, Regis University

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From the Field

Collaborative Librarianship publishes original papers, reports, analyses, and such items in the “From the Field” section dealing with the same general themes and adhering to the similar basic “Guidelines for Authors” as the Scholarly Articles section.  However, in order to speed the publication process, contributions to this section are not peer reviewed.  FTF contributions span method and theory but focus on current instances of library collaboration, case studies, applications of technology, and such occurrences that foster collaboration. 

The section editors reserve the right to reject, return for revision, or if substantive, submit a contribution for possible publication in the Scholarly Articles section depending on the nature and quality of the submission.

For additional information, authors should contact:

Chris Sugnet,, Colorado State University

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Viewpoints: Technology Matters

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Viewpoints: Collaboration Matters

Nicole Engard, Director of Open Source Education at ByWater Solutions, provides thoughts, opinions and insights in the Collaboration Matters quarterly column. For more information, please contact Nicole Engard at

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Viewpoints: On Consortia

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Viewpoints: Perspectives

Perspectives from readers of the journal will be presented.

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The Reviews section provides readers with concise evaluations on products, books, databases, technologies, articles, and Web sites with a special focus on collaborative practices.  Materials selected for Reviews are consistent with the scope of Collaborative Librarianship, showcasing products that promote collaboration.

For more information on the Reviews section, contact the section editors:

Pamela Blome,, Colorado School of Mines

Barbara Losoff,, University of Colorado

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The "News" segment of Collaborative Librarianship focuses on helping people stay current with trends and developments by providing conference information, announcements and so forth related to collaborative activities and projects.  The section includes news and notices about consortium activities; conferences or webinars; software products; publications; and other information where the focus of the item directly discusses or fosters cooperation between library or library-related entities.

News articles in this section are brief and may include links to more comprehensive information. Timeliness is key to the value of the section, and it is updated regularly to keep the segment fresh.  The information in this segment is likely to be more ephemeral than other segments of the journal and may not be archived.

Unless explicitly stated, Collaborative Librarianship does not endorse products or events mentioned in its News segment.

Contributions to this segment can be submitted for inclusion in Collaborative Librarianship.  Items are selected at the discretion of the editor/s.  Submissions can be made electronically by contacting the NEWS editor:

Valerie Horton,, Colorado Library Consortium

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Publication Frequency

This is a quarterly journal.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.