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photo of collaborative teens at HCLS
Heads together: the concentration of good collaboration; photo by Howard County Library System on Flickr.

Question of the Month

What is the most unexpected and fruitful partnership you made or heard about in 2012? Please tell us!

Moving Forward through Community Partnerships

Although
partnerships are an ancient tradition and certainly nothing new to
libraries, there is a sense of increased urgency to find and form
innovative collaborations. Some pressure comes externally from funding
agencies that tend to reward strong partner coalitions over solo
efforts. More insistent is a deepening awareness that partnership is
embedded in the notion of community; no institution can remain an island
if it seeks effective reach into its community. This month, we take a
deeper look at partnerships and collaborations that are moving the
library field forward.

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