ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Leaders from cultural heritage organizations, a funding agency and educational institution, will provide insight into the economics of collaboration across Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAMs) and cultural heritage funding, addressing both drivers and barriers to collaboration. Considerations include education and training; interoperable descriptive systems; disaster preparedness and preservation; and joint advocacy efforts. The forum will invite a discussion of such economic structural issues as whether LAM projects are sustainable and potentially transformational; whether collaboration is a successful means of securing dwindling resources; and whether efficiencies, economies of scale, and improved interoperability provide sufficient incentives for cross-sector collaborations. The topic will be addressed in a forum structure, with presenters encouraging a vibrant discussion among attending participants following brief opening statements. The discussion will be summarized in a report compiled by the two facilitators.