Understanding the Innovative Library Consortia

Monday, 11/4/2019

A typical library participates in half a dozen consortia or more, and library staff want to make sure they get value from these connections. There are many threats and challenges facing consortia today as well as opportunities for creating innovative new projects and services. 

This course will provide a basic understanding of the library consortia environment, including a brief history, the "why" consortia are important and three organizational taxonomies. The class will explore the threats, opportunities, challenges, and strategies in today's collaborative environment. The course will end with an examination of activities that occur in today's consortia, and an overview of the steps in launching a new cooperative service or project. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize key aspects of the consortia landscape including history, value, organizational taxonomies, and what opportunities and challenges are impacting consortia today
  • Identify a wide range of cooperative activities, such as continuing education, resources sharing, shared catalogs, cooperative purchasing, digital collections, library publishing, shared print collections, event planning, shared ebooks, etc
  • Understand in depth one consortia service or project area

Who Should Attend

This course is geared for those working in consortia and for those who work with a consortial board, committee, team, working group, etc.


Valerie Horton, is the Director of Minitex, a three-state library networ based in Minnesota. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Colorado Library Consortium, Library  Director for Colorado Mesa University, Head of Systems at New Mexico State University and a Systems Librarian at Brown University. She received an AL International Fellowship to automate libraries in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Valerie authored two books for ALA Editions, a self-published book, and was a founding editor for Collaborative Librarianship. In 2018, she won ALA ASGCLA's Leadership and Professional Achievement Award. 



  • $130 for ASGCLA members
  • $175 for ALA members
  • $210 for non-ALA members
  • $100 for student members and retired members

How to Register

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Tech Requirements

ALA uses Moodle for all online educational courses. It is hosted to http://ecourses.ala.org. Learn more about Moodle at www.moodle.org

All content for this course will be provided by the instructor. No textbook required. 


Continuing Education Credit - A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion of a course.

Although this course is not CEU-certified, many licensing boards will accept it for credit. Requirements vary by state and school district regarding certificateion and continuing education credits. The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely upo to your state or school district. If you are in need of credits, check with your school and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility. Some states will review your certificate of completion and course description to determine eligibility. 


Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore at nmoore@ala.org.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!