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.
- 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:
22 August 2019
Works in Progress Webinar: Scaling Software Preservation and Emulation Services - Introduction to the EaaSI Program of Work
Join this webinar to learn about scaling software preservation and emulation services to enable broader access and use of preserved software and digital objects.
11 September 2019
In this webinar, RIM practitioners from three research-intensive North American institutions will talk about the different motivations that led to implementations of RIM systems on their campuses and how their libraries were involved.
25 September 2019
Join this webinar to learn about the findings of the OCLC survey on “Access to Open Content” and what they tell us about how university and research libraries are making the shift to open.