KAUST, Northeastern University Join OCLC Research Library Partnership

We’re delighted to announce two additions to the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP)! Both King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and Northeastern University in Boston, MA, US have just joined the RLP.

KAUST is a private graduate research university located in Saudi Arabia established in 2009. The university’s focus is creating an enduring model for advanced education and scientific research; this research addresses challenges of global significance in the areas of water, food, energy and environment. The KAUST library has a strong role in supporting scholarly communication and researcher data management. For example, KAUST established an active institutional repository in 2011 and in 2014 was the first open-access mandated institution in their region. The library, with its translucent marble exterior, won the 2011 AIA/ALA Library Building Award. The Research Library Partnership representative is Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar (Vijay), Library Director and Collections & Information Services Manager.

Northeastern University is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts, established in 1898. According to the library, “fosters intellectual and professional growth, enriches the research, teaching and learning environment, and promotes the effective use of knowledge by managing and delivering information resources and services to library users.” Opened in 1990, the Snell Library (the main library) has 73 FTE of staff and experiences approximately 2.1 million visits a year. The Research Library Partnership representative is Evan Simpson Associate Dean, Research and Learning Services.

We look forward to collaborating with both institutions’ library staff on projects that benefit all research libraries and their users.

The OCLC Research Library Partnership currently comprises 153 Partner institutions around the world.

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