Learn, collaborate, share, repeat
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 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
- learning together
“…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.
- In-person learning: We also host participatory in-person learning events:
09 February 2021
Works in Progress Webinar: Case study—Developing and sustaining RDM services at Arizona and Illinois through partnership with the Office of Research
Representatives from the University of Illinois and the University of Arizona will share how the libraries have cultivated relationships with the Research Office at their respective institutions.
25 February 2021
Join this webinar to learn about the OCLC Interlibrary Loan Cost Calculator, a free internet-based tool that has the potential to act as a virtual real-time ILL cost study.
16 March 2021
Works in Progress Webinar: Holistic approaches to born-digital appraisal and accessioning -- revising the UC Guidelines for Efficient Archival Processing
Viewers will learn about the revisions to the “Guidelines for Efficient Archival Processing in the University of California Libraries” and about new recommendations for accessioning and appraising born-digital materials.