Blended Libraries: Becoming One Family

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Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge

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Maintaining and providing access to collections can be challenging. Doing this at a distance is more challenging. Doing this at a distance during a period of major transition and controlled chaos is a herculean task. In July 2010, the state-mandated merger of the College of Eastern Utah (a two-year community college) with Utah State University (200 miles distant) became official. Well before this date, staff at both libraries began to deal with the complex issues involved with maintaining stable access to the collections of the College of Eastern Utah libraries. The changing situation required implementing a wide spectrum of solutions. The process has included technical problem-solving and configuration, constant communication, negotiation of new staff roles and responsibilities as technical services functions are centralized, and development of new workflows for collection development, acquisitions, and cataloging.