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Do library partnerships work and how can they help build a strong future for the library?

Keene, Judith ORCID: and Downes, Janine (2020) Do library partnerships work and how can they help build a strong future for the library? In: Bold Minds: Library Leadership in a Time of Disruption. Facet Publishing, London. ISBN 9781783304530

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The Hive, Worcester is an integrated public and university library, the first of its kind in Europe, and is also host to the County Archive and Archaeology service and Customer Hub. Currently celebrating its seventh year of operation, many of the benefits of running a joint service between Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester remain evident: cost sharing, skill sharing, a vibrant and affordable event programme. However, since opening in 2012, there have been many profound and continuing changes in the operating environment and context of both partners. This chapter will look briefly at the joint library model, The Hive in particular and the benefits and challenges of the core partnership and how we go about delivering in partnership. It goes on to explore some of our reflections on and approaches to leadership in a partnership context.

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This is a preprint of a chapter accepted for publication by Facet Publishing. This extract has been taken from the author’s original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive version of this piece may be found in Weaver, Margarate and Appleton, Leo, Bold Minds: Library Leadership in a Time of Disruption, 2020, Facet Publishing, which can be purchased from The author agrees not to update the preprint or replace it with the published version of the chapter.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: library partnerships, The Hive, Worcester, public library, academic library
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Divisions: Central Services > Library Services
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Depositing User: Judith Keene
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2020 10:56
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2023 04:00

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