Vision, Mission, Priorities, Initiatives


The Washington Research Library Consortium will be a catalyst creating synergies among the partner universities to enable the success of learning and scholarship. 


The Washington Research Library Consortium is a collaborative partnership providing proactive and responsive, innovative, cost-effective access to shared information resources, services and expertise.

Approved by the WRLC Board of Directors, December 1, 2010

Strategic Priorities

  • Creating coordinated collections
  • Creating a robust infrastructure for discovery and access
  • Ensuring the long-term preservation of physical and digital information resources
  • Sharing expertise

FY 2017 Initiatives

Creating Coordinated Collections

  • Investigate and recommend a shared approval plan.
  • Implement approval plan for DDA e-books and print from Oxford Univeristy Press.
  • Review research databases acquired by the WRLC libraries and recommend potential candidates for joint acquisition.
  • Formulate high level, holistic collection development guidelines for the WRLC shared collection.
  • Determine how to effectively move from a pilot project to ongoing processes for collaborative collection activities.

Creating a Robust Infrastructure for Discovery and Access

  • Update interlibrary loan rights information for e-resources in WorldCat to facilitate loans in the WRLC.
  • Enter license information for e-books in WorldCat to facilitate loans in the WRLC.
  • Implement Voyager database cleanup recommendations and RDA to prepare data for migration.
  • Implement Occam's Reader as part of a joint pilot with ASERL.
  • Investigate how to indicate ownership of materials in Shared Collections Facility without using the OCLC number.
  • Implement simplified workflows developed for collaborative approval plan purchases.
  • Enable federated authentication for access to online services and electronic resources.
  • Prepare for Alma/Primo migration by cleaning up data and preparing a communications plan.

Preserving Physical and Digital Resources

  • Implement new CLS workflow for restricted-use materials.
  • Explore a shared bindery process to ensure equitable responsibility and costs.

Improving the Consortium and Setting Direction

  • Review and develop strategies to implement recommendations from the Human Resources Task Force.
  • Develop strategies for sharing expertise through a sustained program of assessment and education.
  • Share ideas and resources to successfully launch ORCID.

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