The University of Rhode Island Libraries joins OCLC Research Library Partnership

The OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) warmly welcomes the University of Rhode Island Libraries as a Partner.

The University of Rhode Island Libraries was founded in 1888 in conjunction with Rhode Island’s Agricultural Experiment Station. Since that time the organization has blossomed and grown into a hub for innovation, including leading with artificial intelligence capacities. The Libraries are home to Distinctive Collections, DataSpark, MakerspaceURI, XR Lab, and the Launch lab. The Libraries are led by Dean Karim B. Boughida.

“The University of Rhode Island Libraries is excited to join the OCLC Research Library Partnership because of its leadership in the field of enabling collaboration and enhancing capacity to advance research,” says Dean of Libraries Karim Boughida.

The OCLC RLP supports focused programming and research in four areas crucial to research libraries:

  • Research support
  • Unique and distinctive collections
  • Resource sharing
  • Next generation metadata

Across these four areas, the RLP seeks to support libraries through the challenges of COVID-19 and to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The RLP currently comprises 124 Partner institutions around the world.

Visit to learn more about the OCLC Research Library Partnership.