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Decision Methods for Virtual Knowledge Collaboration

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Virtual models of knowledge collaboration and access abound in research libraries, but as we move into the 21st century we are developing new ways for strategically advancing knowledge collaboration more broadly and creatively within the research library context. Three areas will be addressed as examples of decision models. First, collaborative decision making to create knowledge rich organizational structures will be discussed. Second, creation of new forms of knowledge through virtual publication by collaboration will be reviewed. Third, development of collaborative learning, teaching, and research spaces will be addressed. Conclusions encompass future-oriented models for knowledge collaboration and access which transcend individuals and organizations.

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