The OCLC Research Library Partnership

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.

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

“…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:

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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MAR 16

16 March 2021

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.

  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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APR 14

14 April 2021

This webinar will be of interest to those who teach with special collections, those who are developing teaching partnerships with faculty, and to archives and special library collections leaders interested in developing or expanding an instructional program.

  • Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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