Library collaboration

Karen Hogan, Quatrefoil Library, St. Paul.
Collaboration between community and academic libraries.
Def: to work jointly with others…
Quatrefoil was a novel by James Barr, written in 1950.  Founder said it was the “only book he had read that didn’t have the gay character commit suicide at the end.”
GLBT lending library, about 20 years old.  FOunders had a small personal collection, but wanted to find more.  Loaned their books to friends, decided to make the arrangement formal and incorporated as a library in 1984-5.  Volunteer run.  Wanted to create a safe space for people; not a political organization.  Rapidly outgrew their original space.
Worked at retail book store, volunteered at Quatrefoil, and ultimately got a paraprofessional position at Augsburg College.  Along the way, learned more about libraries and how they work; how items should be cataloged, collection development policies, etc.
Took her new skills and applied them to Quatrefoil’s library.  Collaborating with UM for archival storage.
International conference for GLBT libraries and archivists. Enjoyed being with other librarians, discussing and comparing notes. Was recruited to St. Catherine’s library program and is now a student.
Finds a talented pool of potential volunteers amongst her fellow students and library school asociates. Worked with catalogers from the library program to catalog a number of the items in the Quatrefoil Library.  Students in reference class came to library to create pathfinders. Student in database searching class researched access to GLBT database.
Working with Augsburg and St. Kate’s on sessions at Quatrefoil, introducing the GLBT database and bibliographic instruction.
Would now like to research interlibrary loan, a bookmobile, library 2.0 projects. Is on Library Thing for their books. Has a Facebook page.  Has a Twitter account, but “doesn’t have time to tweet.”  (Laughs on that one.)
Question about collaborating with groups; suggestion is to attend their meetings – you go to them.  Get to know one person in each group and find out what they need.

Karen Hogan, Quatrefoil Library, St. Paul.

Collaboration between community and academic libraries.

Def: to work jointly with others…

Quatrefoil was a novel by James Barr, written in 1950.  Founder said it was the “only book he had read that didn’t have the gay character commit suicide at the end.”

GLBT lending library, about 20 years old.  FOunders had a small personal collection, but wanted to find more.  Loaned their books to friends, decided to make the arrangement formal and incorporated as a library in 1984-5.  Volunteer run.  Wanted to create a safe space for people; not a political organization.  Rapidly outgrew their original space.

Worked at retail book store, volunteered at Quatrefoil, and ultimately got a paraprofessional position at Augsburg College.  Along the way, learned more about libraries and how they work; how items should be cataloged, collection development policies, etc.

Took her new skills and applied them to Quatrefoil’s library.  Collaborating with UM for archival storage.

International conference for GLBT libraries and archivists. Enjoyed being with other librarians, discussing and comparing notes. Was recruited to St. Catherine’s library program and is now a student.

Finds a talented pool of potential volunteers amongst her fellow students and library school asociates. Worked with catalogers from the library program to catalog a number of the items in the Quatrefoil Library.  Students in reference class came to library to create pathfinders. Student in database searching class researched access to GLBT database.

Working with Augsburg and St. Kate’s on sessions at Quatrefoil, introducing the GLBT database and bibliographic instruction.

Would now like to research interlibrary loan, a bookmobile, library 2.0 projects. Is on Library Thing for their books. Has a Facebook page.  Has a Twitter account, but “doesn’t have time to tweet.”  (Laughs on that one.)

Question about collaborating with groups; suggestion is to attend their meetings – you go to them.  Get to know one person in each group and find out what they need.

http://www.quatrefoillibrary.org

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