JAN 25

Operationalizing the Art Research Collective Collection: progress report

OCLC Research staff present a progress report at the midway point of the two-year Operationalizing the Art Research Collective Collection project.

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Operationalizing the Art Research Collective Collection project page


  • Brian Lavoie, OCLC Research
  • Dennis Massie, OCLC Research Library Partnership
  • Chela Scott Weber,  OCLC Research Library Partnership


The goal of the OpArt project is to help art libraries identify potential collaborative models to address shared sustainability barriers and consider practically what institutions will need to make these models operational. The original plan called for four phases of work spread over two years:

  • Analyze art library collections
  • Analyze art library collection sharing patterns
  • Conduct case studies of existing partnerships that art libraries have established with each other and with other types of libraries
  • Synthesize findings and provide general recommendations for creating and maintaining cross-institutional relationships that help art libraries manage partnerships around their collections and sustain access to art research materials

We made significant progress in year one.  Major milestones include:

  • Convening and collaborating with our Advisory Board
  • Identifying 85 North American art libraries whose aggregated holdings as represented in WorldCat will serve as a proxy for the art research collective collection
  • Completing preliminary collections analysis of that proxy collective collection
  • Building a dataset of all interlibrary loan transactions since 2016 where one of the 85 art libraries was a borrower or lender

The collections and ILL analysis is ongoing. 

The live session is open to staff at all RLP member institutions and will be of interest to those working in the areas of institutional partnerships, collections management, and resource sharing. The recording is available to all.


25 January 2022


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.