Budgets are tight and most libraries need skills beyond what they have on staff. Bartering can offer a way to exchange skills or tasks with other libraries. Negotiation, trust and flexibility are keys to making a barter work. Examples of barters from the presenter’s experience will be shared.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will how bartering can work as an exchange of tasks or skills.
Participants will learn about real-life examples of successful barters.
Participants will learn about the necessary considerations when planning a barter arrangement.
Bartering is not a new concept, but it is new in the context of exchanging skills among libraries. Budgets are tight in most libraries and bartering can be a great way to stretch capacity and leverage professional networks.


Original broadcast November 19, 2019

Biography ~ Susan Erickson
Sue Erickson has been a librarian in higher education for nearly 20 years, working in a variety of areas such as assessment, cataloging, collection development, data services, media services, reference and research instruction, and special collections. She is currently the Director of Hofheimer Library at Virginia Wesleyan University and Chair of the Resource Sharing Committee of the VIVA library consortium. She has worked in library consortia for her entire career; as a result, inter-library collaboration is at the core of how she approaches her work. She is interested in leadership and staff development, as well as the evolution and resilience of higher education in these uncertain times. Sue is a champion for the liberal arts, for civil discourse and the library’s role in fostering it, and for diversity, equity and inclusion. She offers consulting services for academic libraries and other areas within higher education.