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Collaboration and ETDs Institutional and International Strategies ETD 2003 Joan K. Lippincott Coalition for Networked Information
Collaboration and ETDs n Opportunities n What collaboration means n Collaboration within institutions n Collaborative project strategies for NDLTD n Collaboration beyond NDLTD
Why Collaboration? n Expertise in aspects of the digital environment n Pooling of resources
A different type of interaction which involves “people who realize that they can’t do it all by themselves. They need insights, comments, questions, and ideas from others. They accept and respect the fact that other perspectives can add value to their own.” Schrage, 1990
Collaboration and digital projects n Digital course content n Digital library resources n Delivery of services n Development of policies
What is collaboration? n NOT an “exchange” relationship
Collaborations involve: n Shared goals n Common vision n Shared vocabulary
Two views of an ETD progam n Have staff scan n Implement now n Increase university visibility n Teach students to write and submit ETDs n Implement soon n Develop electronic authors
In a collaboration... n Each contributes resources n Partners acknowledge and value contributions n Partners develop a clear process n Group and individual accountability
Opportunities and barriers n Common environment n Range of skills n Collegial environment n Each has resources n Departmental loyalties n Different values and styles n Hierarchies n Power or control +-
ETD project participants n Academic administrators n Faculty n Students n Information technologists n Librarians
Students add value... “The problem with those who resist learning from the young is that they equate youth with inexperience, and that’s a mistake.” Kanter, 2001
Collaboration and NDLTD n Common goals of members n Diverse sets of skills and expertise n Need for strategies
Collaborative project strategy n Champion initiates project n Leadership establishes initial goal and parameters n Issue a call for participants n Conduct procedure to select participants
Collaborative project strategy n Initial meeting u Develop shared goals u Develop clear process n Complete work at institutions u Establish communication channels u Establish project milestones
Collaborative project strategy n Disseminate results u In-person event u Disseminate a product u Regional workshops u Session at ETD 200X
Collaborative project strategy n New communication tools u Online community software
NDLTD project areas n Training materials n Promotional materials n Identify and recommend standards
Links with other groups n Digital preservation n Metadata and metadata harvesting n Institutional repositories n Fund raising
Collaborations will Yield rich benefits for all members of the NDLTD community email@example.com
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