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International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies

Editor-in-Chief: Albright, Kendra S. / Bothma, Theo J.D.

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Volume 55, Issue 4


Collaboration across Europe: Experience from Practice

Christine Goodair / Jorunn Moen / Susanna Prepeliczay / Thomas Rouault
Published Online: 2007-12-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LIBR.2005.225

This paper explores the experiences of working on a joint European project to develop an online Gateway of website resources in addictions by members of ELISAD, the European Association of Libraries and Information Services on Alcohol and other Drugs. A brief overview is given of the work of ELISAD, and of its sister organisation SALIS. The project is described along with an exploration of the benefits and barriers in working collaboratively. The paper draws on these experiences to highlight the lessons learnt through the Gateway and other activities. Issues considered include: genesis of the project; funding; project management; working styles; language; benefits and barriers; and key observations regarding how to make partnerships work. Although the paper is based upon a joint European project, it includes some reflections upon ELISAD's international links. The paper is written from the personal experiences of the authors.

About the article

Christine Goodair is Head of Information Services, DrugScope, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 1EE, UK. Tel.: +44 (0)20 7922 8686. E-mail:

Jorunn Moen is Head Librarian, SIRUS (Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research), Øvre Slottsgate 2B, 0157 Oslo, Norway. Postal address: SIRUS, P.O. Box 565 Sentrum, N-0105 Oslo Norway. Tel: +47 22 34 04 38; E-mail:

Susanna Prepeliczay is Project Coordinator, ARCHIDO, Universität Bremen FB 6, Postfach 330 440, D-28334 Bremen, Germany. Tel: +49 421 218 4035. E-mail:

Thomas Rouault is Directeur, Toxibase, 76 rue Pierre Delore, 69008 LYON, France. Tél.: +33 (0)4 7872 4745; Fax: +33 (0)4 7272 9344 E-mail:

Received: 2005-10-21

Accepted: 2005-11-07

Published Online: 2007-12-05

Published in Print: 2005-12-22

Citation Information: Libri, Volume 55, Issue 4, Pages 225–230, ISSN (Print) 0024-2667, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LIBR.2005.225.

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