Digital Library Collaboration: A Service-Oriented Perspective



Buchanan S, Gibb F, Simmons S & McMenemy D (2012) Digital Library Collaboration: A Service-Oriented Perspective. The Library Quarterly, 82 (3), pp. 337-359.

Collaboration in the digital domain offers an opportunity to provide enhanced digital services and extended reach to the community. This article adopts a serviceoriented perspective through which it considers environmental drivers for digital library collaboration; discusses emergent collaborative partnerships across UK educational institutions, social services, health services, private industry, and cultural sectors; considers associated challenges; and identifies best practices. Existing and potential synergistic relationships are explored across the broader cultural sector- in particular, with the respective processes of libraries, museums, archives, arts and broadcasting organizations comprehensively identified and mapped (commonality), and the relationship to service-oriented architecture highlighted. The degree of digital service collaboration is also explored through an indicative review of Scottish public library websites, encompassing thirty-two regional library networks and including the National Library. Collaboration is found to be evident but limited in the digital domain, with strategic and architectural recommendations made

Library and Information Sciences

The Library Quarterly: Volume 82, Issue 3

FundersUniversity of Strathclyde
Publication date31/07/2012
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press

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Professor Steven Buchanan

Professor Steven Buchanan

Professor in Comms., Media and Culture, Communications, Media and Culture