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This case study of the early development of a communication structure tested strategies designed to confront traditional barriers to school-university collaboration. It examined the development of CDNET, a consortium of 35 libraries of multitype educational institutions in northwest Pennsylvania which is providing CD-ROM access to library patrons. Identified barriers included lack of research, resistance to change, conflict among partners, and lack of communication. Strategies implemented to overcome these barriers were openness, awareness, and responsiveness. The resulting communication model is identified as the Collaborative Openness, Awareness, and Responsiveness (COAR) Model. Data were gathered during the 2-year planning and implementation stage of CDNET by analyzing the partnership's communication documents and efforts and by conducting three sets of interviews with decision-makers and implementors. The results of the study established a strong consensus of primary motivations between school and university personnel. The common thread of the motivations given seemed to be the use of technology and networks to provide faculty with greater accessibility to information. Findings on perceived obstacles showed less consensus and identified a greater number of items. Five appendixes provide copies of interview questions, as well as lists of motivations and obstacles discovered. (Contains 45 references.) (MDM)

Descriptors: Case Studies, College Libraries, Communication Problems, Communication Research, Communication Skills, Communications, Consortia, Educational Change, Higher Education, Library Cooperation, Questionnaires, School Libraries, Secondary Education

Autor: Hitchings, Patricia Burns


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