In a great (albeit long) post on the blog In the Library with a Lead Pipe Ross Singer points to this:
Joe Lucia, the University Librarian at Villanova made an intriguing and provocative statement on the NGC4LIB mailing list two years ago with this:
Singer goes on to expound on the idea within the context of public libraries, but I think what he adds to Lucia's statement is completely relevant to academic libraries as well. It seems to me that this kind of collective effort coupled with input from the "crowd" of interested, willing, and talented patrons will become imperative to creating tools that we could never dream of on our own.
“What if, in the U.S., 50 ARL libraries, 20 large public libraries, 20 medium-sized academic libraries, and 20 Oberlin group libraries anted up one full-time technology position for collaborative open source development. That’s 110 developers working on library applications with robust, quickly-implemented current Web technology…. Instead of being technology followers, I venture to say that libraries might once again become leaders…."