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:
01 October 2020
Works in Progress Webinar: This wasn’t for you yesterday, but it will be tomorrow—Digitization policy to counteract histories of exclusion
Join us as we explore the intersection of digitization policy and anti-racist action, using LSU Libraries’ experience as a lens to explore the state of the field.
14 October 2020
Works in Progress Webinar: Stakeholder spotlight - research development and synergies with the library
This webinar will be of interest to anyone interested in cultivating positive campus partnerships to support research activities.
10 November 2020
In this webinar we will demystify the process of an AV assessment: how to get started, how to determine the essential elements, and how to retool midstream to fit your institution’s needs.