Learn, collaborate, share, repeat
The OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) is a unique transnational network of research libraries, supported by a combination of partnership dues and co-investment from OCLC. The RLP offers extensive professional development opportunities for library staff, delivered in a combination of formats—ranging from small group discussions and webinars to working groups and in-person events. Most of our activities are offered virtually, enabling active, international participation, without travel.
The Research Library Partnership 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.
- 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.
“…being able to engage with colleagues at other universities from my desk has been an absolute lifeline for me. Thank you!”
Dr. Cathy Pink, Senior Data Librarian, University of Bath
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.
23 September 2021
Works in Progress Webinar: Research Information Management in the United States--Highlights from a new OCLC Research report
In this webinar, lead authors of the forthcoming OCLC Research report series Research Information Management (RIM) in the United States will discuss findings from their examination of the RIM practices, goals, stakeholders, and uses prevalent in the decentralized US landscape.
05 October 2021
Works in Progress Webinar: Research to advance the Building a National Finding Aid Network (NAFAN) project
This webinar will be of interest to library and archive workers, and to those who manage or assess user needs for discovery systems for archival materials.
21 October 2021
Works in Progress Webinar: Slavery, abolition, emancipation, and freedom--Primary sources from Houghton Library
Join this webinar to hear about lessons learned from the planning and remote management of a project to create digital access to hidden African American special collections.