Follow the development of the Research Library Project as it changes the way libraries operate! The 1990s were a decade of increased institutional cooperation among university research libraries, in great part due to spiraling serials costs. Management for Research Libraries Cooperation offers a historical summary of the Research Library Project, the landmark program begun by the American Association of Universities and joined by the Association of Research Libraries. The selection of source documents includes progress reports, conference proceedings, and panel transcripts. This comprehensive book offers an inside look at the Research Library Project, its task forces, the Global Resources Program, and SPARC. In addition, this useful book delivers sound advice, models, and strategies for increasing sharing between institutions. These suggestions for successful cooperation will allow libraries to maximize the available amount of printed and electronic research material while keeping costs under control.Management for Research Libraries Cooperation presents ideas and suggestions for some of the toughest challenges to face librarians today, including: * licensing of copyrighted materials for reproduction and distribution * funding intellectual property initiatives * the implications of electronic publishing * gaining acceptance from research faculty for the new library systems * fostering the use of technology to improve scholarly communication * establishing new modes of cooperation between academic and research libraries * finding successful strategies for handling fast-changing scientific and technical informationManagement for Research Libraries Cooperation is more than a valuable historical collection of documents not readily available elsewhere. It offers ideas to make the librarian's job easier in a field that is changing every day.