Cornell and Columbia Universities announced Friday that they are expanding their efforts to collaborate in the management of their libraries. The latest step will be granting complete borrowing privileges and access to expert staff members at both universities' libraries to all students, faculty members and employees of the two institutions. In the last two years, the two library systems have been working to join forces in various ways, with the goals of saving money and improving services. Some of the efforts include the sharing of expert librarians in the fields of Slavic studies and Southeast Asian studies and expert catalogers in multiple languages, and creating a buying plan for Chinese materials that will reduce selection and processing costs at both institutions.
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