MAY 11

Works in Progress Webinar: Sustaining art research collections—Identifying and building strong library collaborations

Learn about OCLC Research findings that support identifying, building, and sustaining partnership opportunities.

This event is on-demand. View the recording below.



  • Brian Lavoie, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research 
  • Dennis Massie, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research Library Partnership
  • Mercy Procaccini, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research Library Partnership 
  • Chela Scott Weber, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research Library Partnership


Art libraries can look to innovative partnerships and collaborations as an important strategy for responding to strained budgets and to building institutional sustainability. The Operationalizing the Art Research Collective Collection project was designed to identify new possibilities for collaboration and partnership models that support sustainable, ongoing availability of the rich collections of art libraries to researchers, wherever they may be. The project used a mixed method approach, incorporating analysis of library data and case study interviews. 

In this webinar, the project team will discuss findings from both approaches. The presenters will share insights on using collective collection and resource sharing data to identify collaborative opportunities. They will also describe practical experiences and lessons learned from case studies of real-world collaboration involving art libraries: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Rice University; OCAD University and Ontario Consortium of Libraries; and Worcester Art Museum and College of the Holy Cross. 

The project team will highlight key insights and recommendations for any type of library interested in identifying partnership opportunities and building strong collaborations. 

This project was supported through a grant by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation with significant co-investment from OCLC. Two reports, available for download from the project webpage, document the project’s findings.

All affiliates of OCLC Research Library Partnership organizations are invited to participate. 

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11 May 2023


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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