Breakout Session 3

Sharing the Wealth:
Cooperative Agreements and Consortia

Academic Libraries and the Library of California:
8,000 Libraries Working Together

Barbara Will
California State Library Networking Coordinator
Library of California

AT THE state level Barbara Will discussed the Library of California, which will ultimately link 8,000 California libraries--academic, medical, corporate, law, special, school and public--to share collections, databases, facilities and expertise. The key considerations for this new linking are:

    Multiplies the collection made available to any individual to literally billions of dollars worth of information resources

    Participation is voluntary, with the local library determining what it will share and what it will not share

    Builds upon and enhances related academic projects, such as the California Digital Library

    Enables faculty and students to access specialized and relevant materials
Governor Wilson signed SB409 (Library of California) into law on Sept. 9, 1998, with $5 million to fund the first phase, saying, "California is home to some of the finest public and private library collections in the world. The Library of California will open up these treasures to people of all ages statewide." For more information see:

Cindi Bouvier
San Diego State University

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