ERIC Number: ED167161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
The Public Library and the Community College: What Does Cooperation Mean?
Holley, Edward G.
Community colleges and public libraries have much in common, can both learn from each other, and have a great deal to share with each other as they carry out their respective roles: both profess to have total community-wide service as their goal/objective; both draw upon the same population and tax base; and the general public often makes use of the same kinds of materials that are found in both places. These commonalities obviously create problems of duplication and competition, and thus, logically, provide a reason for cooperation between them. Obstacles are presented, however, by the prejudices of each side: librarians favor specific types of libraries for specific types of institutions and/or citizens, and community colleges argue that regional accreditation agencies require a separate facility and access to resources and services on the scene. Although there are already some cases that contradict these assumptions, it is suggested that social institutions cooperate only when they are poor or when their self-interest is vitally involved. Even if they can get their acts together concerning missions and roles, cooperation will entail an examination of the prospective fiscal resources to do the job, either separately or together; community planning; and cooperative goals. No one should underestimate the difficulty of overcoming local and institutional jealousies. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (Chicago, Illinois, June 1978)