Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-22-2015

Journal

Journal of Map & Geography Libraries: Advances in Geospatial Information, Collections & Archives

Volume

Volume 11

Issue

3

First Page

330

URL with Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15420353.2015.1043067

Last Page

358

Abstract

Special Issue: Geospatial Data Management, Curation, and Preservation - Part 2

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is a consortium of the twenty-one university libraries in Ontario, Canada. Since 1967, OCUL member institutions have worked together to share costs and workload through collective purchasing and licensing of information resources and more recently through the establishment of a shared digital infrastructure known as Scholars Portal. Under the auspices of OCUL, Ontario's university map librarians formed the OCUL Map Group in 1973 to seek opportunities to communicate and collaborate to improve the collections and services they offer their users. The opportunities provided by collaboration have ensured a greater capacity to manage evolving collections of geospatial data. The group has served as a community of practice, which has provided educational opportunities and facilitated collaborative problem solving through a listserv, conference calls, and face-to-face meetings. This collegial environment has also led to the completion of a number of projects, which have resulted in the creation of new technical infrastructures and strategies for sharing the workload of data management tasks. This paper discusses the role of collaboration in OCUL projects and offers some suggestions for others considering embarking on collaborations of their own.

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in

Journal of Map & Geography Libraries: Advances in Geospatial Information, Collections & Archives

on 22 DEC 2015, available online:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15420353.2015.1043067


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