Collaborating for Our Community: A Case Report


  • Kenneth E. Gibson Hanover College
  • Timothy Renners Ivy Tech Community College
  • Brent Stokesberry Jefferson County Public Library


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For the past three years or so the directors of the three major libraries (Hanover College, Ivy Tech-Madison, and the Jefferson County Public Library) in our rural county have been meeting periodically to find creative ways to collectively better serve our diverse populations. This has resulted in several cooperative database subscriptions, creation of a Local Living Authors document, and shared outreach to local junior high and high school teachers, in addition to more traditional collaborations among our distinct libraries such as inter-library book sale contributions, reciprocal patron agreements, cross-promotion of speaker events, etc.  We continue to investigate other possibilities to gain efficiencies and to benefit residents and students served by our libraries.

Author Biographies

Kenneth E. Gibson, Hanover College

Ken Gibson has been at Hanover College Duggan Library since 1999 and its director since 2001.  He is member of the Board of Trustees for the Jefferson County Public Library and is a past Chair of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana.

Timothy Renners, Ivy Tech Community College

Tim Renners has directed the Ivy Tech Community College, Southeast Region Library, since 2007.

Brent Stokesberry, Jefferson County Public Library

Brent Stokesberry obtained his MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin and has been in library administration since 1989. Before that he was a Reference Librarian at Columbus Metropolitan Library in Columbus, OH.