Collaborations and Consortia
OSU Libraries is a member of the Orbis/Cascades Alliance which includes 37 Washington, Oregon, and Idaho universities, colleges and community colleges with total holdings of 9.2 million titles. Membership in the Alliance not only expands access to information but also provides OSU Libraries with significant ability to leverage its collection dollars, participate in innovative programs, and offer library faculty and staff developmental opportunities. Membership in the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) in addition to enabling us to leverage buying power, provides opportunities to increase our digital presence through such sites as the Western Waters Digital Library. GWLA, a consortium of 32 research libraries from 17 Midwestern & Western states, also enhances our services and programs related to interlibrary loan and scholarly communication. As libraries move away from ownership to access, membership in consortia becomes a critical factor in giving our faculty and students a wide variety of information in a timely and efficient manner. Finally, consortia membership gives us the ability to provide in-depth support to those programs that are important to the University but are not within the three signature areas.