Creating a library holding group: An approach to large system integration

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Purpose: Faced with resource constraints, many hospital libraries have considered joint operations. This case study describes how Providence Health & Services created a single group to provide library services. Methods: Using a holding group model, staff worked to unify more than 6,100 nonlibrary subscriptions and 14 internal library sites. Results: Our library services grew by unifying 2,138 nonlibrary subscriptions and 11 library sites and hiring more library staff. We expanded access to 26,018 more patrons. Conclusions: A model with built-in flexibility allowed successful library expansion. Although challenges remain, this success points to a viable model of unified operations.




Huffman, I. R., Martin, H. J., & Delawaska-Elliott, B. (2016). Creating a library holding group: An approach to large system integration. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 104(4), 315–319.

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