This article reviews the recent literature about the essential but often uneasy alliances made between content experts (archivists and librarians) and technology experts. Differing professional cultures, misunderstandings of one another, limited abilities to envision change, and lack of support from top-level administrators are the most often cited reasons for the persistent difficulty in working together. Failure to collaborate may result in the marginalization or exclusion of content experts from projects where their professional skills are most needed. In spite of these problems, successful models for working together do exist. True collaborations are mutually beneficial, open opportunities for continuing relationships, and involve complex interpersonal connections. They are based on trust, mutual understanding, and respect for one another’s skills

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Journal of Archival Organization


Taylor and Francis

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This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Archival Organization, 2009 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15332740902897345



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