Recommendations for increased resource sharing between libraries have been emerging from a range of sources including the Aslib Review of public libraries, the APT Review of cooperation and the Anderson Report. However, the majority of local library management systems currently in use do not interoperate, so resources are fragmented and there is no unified access. The situation is complicated by organisational and business issues.
The workshop plans to focus on public library developments; however, possibilities for cross-sectoral cooperation, particularly with academic libraries, will also be explored. The aims of the workshop are to explore motivations, examine some current initiatives and develop a systems framework which will improve access and support more effective management of resource sharing.