The LAM (library, archive, museum) workshops held by OCLC Research at Princeton University, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Edinburgh, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Yale University intentionally focused on collaboration within a single institution. We expected that we would be able to find, as well as catalyze, deeper collaborations under an institutional umbrella than among institutions that don’t have an administrative structure in common. The projects the workshop sites committed themselves to (described in “Beyond the Silos of the LAMs” [pdf]) bear out this assumption.
Yours, Mine, Ours: Leadership through Collaboration
20-21 September 2010
Smithsonian Institution, Ripley Center, Washington, D.C.
Organized by the RLG Partnership and OCLC Research
Hosted by the Smithsonian Institution
Supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Endorsed by the Joint SAA, ALA and AAM Committee on Archives, Libraries & Museums (CALM)
With this forum, we are intentionally broadening the conversation. While we continue to be passionate about library, archive, and museum collaboration (see my guest blogs at the Center for the Future of Museums here and here), we’ll now place the emphasis more on “collaboration” and just a tad less on “LAM.” Good collaborations in cultural heritage don’t always require all three of these parties to be present, and they often require additional parties (such as IT or public/private partners) to succeed.
In addition, we are expanding our investigation beyond institutional boundaries to look at collaboration in the broader landscape. Collaborations can form in different settings: local (within a single institution), in a group setting, or in a seemingly unbounded environment that we’ll call “global.” These collaboration contexts provide the scaffolding for our Leadership through Collaboration forum, which features panels (take a look at the agenda) exploring each of these contexts in greater depth. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll post a series of blogs which attempt to sketch out the benefits and limitations inherent in each of these settings as a high-level guide to the trajectory of our event, as well as a resource in its own right for assessing collaborative activities. Stay tuned!