Three Universities Join the OCLC Research Library Partnership

Louisiana State University, the University of Nevada, Reno, and Virginia Tech are new partners.

We’re excited that three universities are new members of the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP)! The new partners are: Louisiana State University (LSU), the University of Nevada, Reno, and Virginia Tech.

The LSU Libraries support the academic mission of the university by fostering teaching, learning, and research. The libraries contain more than 4 million volumes and provide additional resources such as expert staff, technology, services, electronic resources, and facilities that advance research, teaching, and learning across every discipline. In the 2017–18 academic year, library staff provided 559 research consultations, 2,306 information literacy tutorials, and reached 20,611 students through outreach and event programming. Gina R. Costello, Associate Dean, is the LSU partner representative.

“As the LSU Libraries grows in its ability to create and innovate, we’ve become increasingly conscious of the importance of organizations like the RLP,” explains Stanley Wilder, Dean, LSU Libraries. “We believe our efforts are likely to be more successful through this connection to OCLC and the RLP community of like-minded research libraries. This race will go to the collaborative.”

The University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Reno, consist of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library, Special Collections and University Archives, the Jon Bilbao Basque Library, the Savitt Medical Library, as well as Teaching and Learning Technologies. The libraries provide high-tech research, media, and computing spaces, inviting study and collaboration spaces, as well as innovative, user-centered services and programs.

“We look forward to strengthening and expanding our internal capabilities through our active participation in OCLC’s Research Library Partnership.” Kathlin L. Ray, Dean, University Libraries and Teaching and Learning Technologies, and partner representative. “As a Partner, we gain access to a shared network of expertise, research and innovation which are key drivers for success in an ever-changing digital information environment.”

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech supports students, faculty, staff, and community members, providing access to emerging technologies and collaborative spaces for creative work. The University Libraries fosters an atmosphere of open experimentation and discovery with advanced hardware and software, growing open data and research repositories, support for open access publishing and open educational resources, as well as rich primary source materials in the libraries’ Special Collections.

Tyler Walters, Dean and Professor—and the RLP partner representative—reports that areas such as research information management and research data management are critical to the future of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech, which has been developing deep investments and campus collaborations in these and similar areas.

“The University Libraries is enthusiastic about joining OCLC’s RLP,” says Walters. “There are many areas where RLP working groups are drilling down into services-related issues that align with our own interests. We look forward to making contributions to the partnership and learning significantly from it as well.”

The RLP currently comprises 135 Partner institutions around the world.

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