Is it even possible? I was talking with our collection manager today, discussing core reference collections, e-collections, and our web site. We’ve all heard that libraries, in these times, must go where the customers are hanging out, provide services like the retail and online establishments they patronize, and all at the point of need (i.e. right now.)
It struck me that, as we redesign our web site to integrate the catalog, event calendar and e-resources, that the people responsible for the parts should be included in the talks and planning. Services – all of them – are converging. The web site can no longer be separate from the catalog, and the databases can no longer be separate from the rest of the collection in any format. But if the marketing folks aren’t talking to collection management, and the web designer isn’t talking to the e-resources person, true harmonic convergence will never happen. We’ll just have another collection of parts that almost work together.