Library consortia in China: cooperation, sharing, and reciprocity


A library consortium is a cooperative organization of libraries created for the purpose of sharing resources and reciprocity, and restricted by commonly recognized agreements and contracts. It is a new cooperative model in China that is established for sharing resources and saving funds under the network environment. The construction of library consortia in China has made some achievements. So far, China has some consortia which have developed very successfully, but since these started only about 20 years ago, the overall developmental level is still low. Compared with developed countries, there is still a large gap in the exchange of information and service. However, ...

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