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Abstract

It is nearly a given that most academic library directors feel the need to collaborate with other libraries to contain costs, develop new programs, and accomplish their missions; and historically, many have done so by participating in a library consortium, and sometimes in multiple consortia. In this article, the executive directors of The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) and the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), two long-standing academic library consortia, share their insights and experiences as they have observed the necessity for broadening consortial collaboration through cross-consortial partnerships, moving from coordinated efforts toward deeper collaboration across consortium boundaries. The authors describe and reflect on several recent examples of cross-consortial initiatives in which their respective consortia are involved, examining why consortia are beginning to collaborate more deeply across boundaries and the challenges and opportunities associated with those collaborations.

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