Ms. Margie Jantti

Ms. Margie Jantti
Director Library Services
University of Wollongong


As the Director Library Services at the University of Wollongong (UOW) Australia, Margie provides leadership and direction for library services spanning six onshore campus locations and guidance for offshore library partnerships in the UAE and Asia. She is an advocate for university libraries and as President of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) 2015-2019 she is active in national policy and strategic positioning initiatives. She is playing an integral role in the establishment of the International Alliance of Research Library Associations. Margie is also a member of the editorial board for the journal: Performance Measurement and Metrics.


Collaboration – the multiplier effect
Libraries are well known for their collegial and co-operative approaches for sharing and exchanging information and practices. Co-operative practise implies agreeableness, which may promote a sense of amiability and goodwill, but may fall short on delivering outcomes, especially those of scale. The distinction between co-operation and collaboration is acute, for collaboration offers the ability to achieve more than that could be done alone; and that synergies are gained by drawing on the collective strengths of other parties to deliver innovation, services and resources through capacity building. It could be said that collaboration offers a ‘multiplier effect’ in that collaboration tends to breed more collaboration while redrawing the boundaries for change. Library professionals and their organisations are continually challenged to meet new needs and embrace opportunities, often with very real constraints. It is through collaboration, we work together aggressively, purposefully to initiate, catalyse change. Examples of national and international models will be shared to demonstrate the benefits of collaboration and consortia.