The OCLC Research Library Partnership

The OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) is a transnational network of research libraries, supported by a combination of partnership dues and co-investment from OCLC. The RLP supports libraries as they evolve to meet 21st century challenges, providing them with the connections, knowledge, and resources to plan with confidence in a complex, rapidly changing ecosystem.

The RLP particularly focuses its programming and research in five areas of crucial need for research libraries:
  • research support
  • unique and distinctive collections
  • resource sharing
  • next generation metadata
  • learning together

How we work

RLP activities are led by an energetic team who work with member institutions to develop an array of programming for both senior library leaders and staff, virtually and in person.:

  • Online learning: The Works In Progress Webinars are live, participatory online learning opportunities focusing on leading edge work done at OCLC and our partner institutions. Our webinars provide a cost-effective way for members to stay up-to-date on emerging practices.
  • Discussion: We host small group discussion on topics related to our programmatic focus.
  • Collaborative research: We also engage members in research collaboratively through ad hoc working groups.
  • Information sharing: RLP email and discussions lists facilitate sharing and allow subscribers to receive updates about webinars, events, research projects, and more.
  • Consultations: RLP staff also consult directly with partner institutions, sharing their expertise on resource sharing, metadata, distinctive collections, linked data, research support services, and more.
  • In-person learning: We also host participatory in-person learning events:

Join us

The OCLC Research Library Partnership offers an affordable way for research libraries to stay up-to-date, network, engage in peer learning, and shape the future of OCLC Research. Learn more about our dues structure and how to join.

Upcoming Events

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JAN 27

27 January 2020

Join OCLC Research at ALA Midwinter 2020 in Philadelphia, PA, for an overview of several active research projects.

  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Venue: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 122-A
  • Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]

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JAN 30

30 January 2020

Join this webinar to learn about OCLC’s pilot project to improve discoverability of digitized cultural materials, magnify the impact of the work required to describe unique content, and prove the feasibility of a production linked data service.

  • Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]

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