The Claremont Colleges Library has been granted membership into the
Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a consortium of 36 research libraries located in the central and western United States.
GWLA is a dynamic, project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in the
transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies in libraries serving higher education.
"We're excited to be joining the GWLA network of academic libraries," said Kevin Mulroy, the A.J. McFadden Dean of the Claremont Colleges Library. "Membership in the consortium will bring immediate and substantial benefits to our faculty, students, and staff through increased access to information resources."
GWLA membership benefits include:
- Cost savings brought about through cooperative negotiation of discounts and licensing terms and conditions.
- Interlibrary loan (ILL) reciprocity between GWLA members.
- News and discussions via listservs, webinars, virtual workspaces, and newsletters.
- Participation and membership in an array of standing committees and task forces dedicated to specific projects or areas of focus, including content development, resource sharing/document delivery, cooperative collection management, student learning outcomes, and digital collections.
- A united voice to promote and advocate for scholarly communication, national print and digital preservation initiatives, and continuous improvement of ILL and document delivery.
During the membership assessment, a three-person GWLA team visited the Claremont Colleges Library for an on-site evaluation that is similar to a college accreditation visit. The team members were impressed by the library's collection size and scope, public services, new strategic initiatives, and potential contributions to the alliance.
David Carlson, GWLA Board Chair and Dean of University Libraries at Texas A&M University noted, "As the Claremont Colleges Library was considered for membership in GWLA, it became clear that the institution would bring unique perspectives to the consortium, in their emphasis on liberal arts education, and a distributed approach to organizational structure. These qualities are matched by a library with a distinguished collection of resources and a professional staff with a national reputation for quality service and leadership on issues related to librarianship and scholarly communication."
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