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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NOV 14

14 November 2019

In this presentation, library staff from Ohio State University Libraries will discuss how implementing Agile helped archival staff to improve productivity overall and increased opportunities for staff members to cross-train, develop skills, and lead projects.

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

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NOV 21

21 November 2019

The OCLC Research project Ariadne Semantic Embedding is a demonstration of a practical solution to support libraries in this field. Join this webinar to see the potential of this scalable semantic embedding method for other applications such as entity disambiguation, citation recommendation, clustering and collection exploration.

  • Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]

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