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

Isaac R. Huffman, Heather J. Martin, Basia Delawaska-Elliott

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-319
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Medical Library Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Information storage and retrieval/statistics & numerical data*
  • Libraries, hospital/organization & administration*
  • Libraries, medical/organization & administration*
  • Library collection development
  • Library materials/organization & administration*
  • Medical subject headings: efficiency, organizational*
  • Organizational innovation
  • Program evaluation
  • Regional medical programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Sciences


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