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

Isaac R. Huffman, Heather J. Martin, Basia Delawska-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
Number of pages319
JournalJournal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2016


  • Library Services
  • Libraries, hospital/organization & administration*
  • Libraries
  • organizational innovation
  • Budgets
  • Health systems/services


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