Ms. Tatiana Sanches

Ms. Tatiana Sanches
Head Librarian & Researcher
Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto de Educação


Tatiana Sanches has a PhD in Education from the University of Lisbon, a Master’s degree in Education and Reading, from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (University of Lisbon), and a degree in Modern Languages and Literature, Portuguese Studies (NOVA University). She is also a post-graduate in Documentary Sciences. She collaborates with the Unit for Research and Development in Education and Training of the Institute of Education (University of Lisbon). She also collaborates with the Research Group in Psychopathology, Emotion, Cognition and Documentation (PECD), in the line of research regarding information literacy in the university context, at ISPA (Institute of Applied Psychology – University Institute).

Currently she is Head of the Documentation Division at the Faculty of Psychology and Institute of Education (University of Lisbon). She has been working in the field of public libraries since 1993 (initially in a professional-technical position and then as a librarian) and of university libraries since 2007.


Pathways to cooperation networks: the case of university libraries in Portugal
In the world of libraries, the idea of cooperation is nothing new. Actually it is both a cause and a consequence of the manner of organising and standardising access to knowledge. The international standardisation of cataloguing rules, globally accepted classification systems, system interoperability and the standardisation of metadata are some of the ways found to unite libraries worldwide. However, cooperation networks can go beyond data and information. They can take effect through common goals, sharing experiences, joining efforts, and enhancing economies of scale. In this paper, I will address three paths being developed in Portugal regarding cooperation between university libraries.

The first path is at national level and concerns the activities of the professional association of librarians, archivists and documentalists, in particular of the working group on higher education libraries. Here we find transversal cooperation projects between libraries and the beginnings of a Network of University Libraries, currently in the making.

The second path shows how a Portuguese university – the University of Lisbon – has worked as a consortium with its 18 libraries. Focused on standardising document treatment systems – the common catalogue and the discovery system –, pro-cooperation work is essential for the service provided to users.

The third path show how the author’s research within the scope of higher education libraries is in itself a reflection of cooperation networks. Once a research project is outlined, opportunities for partnerships and cooperation emerge, thus enriching librarians and the libraries where they work.

Cooperation networks in the context of higher education libraries add to efforts to improve, in that they provide more strength and flexibility, because they involve different partners seeking to bring out the best of each one to achieve common goals, with tangible results which benefit all.