Research Collections and Support

Libraries are increasingly leveraging the raw materials of scholarship and knowledge formation by emphasizing the creation and curation of institutional research assets and outputs, including digitized special collections, research data, and researcher profiles. Our work informs current thinking about research collections and the emerging services that libraries are offering to support contemporary modes of scholarship. We are encouraging the development of new ways for libraries to build and provide these types of collections and deliver distinctive services. Our efforts are focused in the following three areas:

Extending the reach and impact of special collections

Assisting libraries to address the challenges of managing the digitization, born digital curation, discoverability and accessibility of distinctive, unique or rare materials in order to maximize value for researchers.

Recent work:

Making Archives and Special Collections More Accessible

The Archival Advantage: Integrating Archival Expertise into Management of Born-digital Library Materials


Adapting to the evolving scholarly record

Helping libraries transition their capacities to support the collection, curation and long-term accessibility of emerging scholarly outputs in a digital, networked environment.

Moving libraries to the center of research support

Working with libraries to explore new modes of support for research processes, such as tracking and registering researcher identifiers and profiles, engaging with data curation and carrying out research assessment exercises.

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.