Publication Details

This conference paper was originally published as Shipp, J and Cairns, N, New age cooperation: the effect of technology on library cooperation, Proceedings of the Australian Library and Information Association 2nd Biennial Conference, Albury-Wodonga, 1992, 327-31.


Novel and aggressive attitudes toward cooperation will need to accompany the development of information technologies if libraries are to maintain a central role in the information environment. Existing cooperative mechanisms must be expanded by the establishment of international strategic alliances with publishers, database producers, software developers and hardware suppliers. In particular, Australian librarians need to re-assess their involvement in scholarly publishing and develop strategies which meet the challenges posed by emergent communication and storage technologies.