For the Good of All: A Case Study of Collaboration between a University Library and a Public Library System

  • Anne Liebst Ottenheimer Library
Keywords: Higher Education, University Libraries, Public Libraries, Partnerships


In June 2003, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and the Central Arkansas Library System ( CALS) embarked on a partnership to combine their collections documenting Arkansas history and politics. There is much to be gained by examining relationships where the partners bring special strengths to the table. This paper outlines the challenges and benefits of the collaboration between institutions with different missions and operational methods.