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

WRLC Initiatives for FY 2018

  1. Implement Alma/Primo [Alma Implementation Management Team and other groups as coordinated by that group]
  2. Investigate and Recommend Shared Approval Plan [CCC]
  3. Continue the JSTOR Evidence-Based pilot and the front-list only DDA pilot to try to create a sustainable and affordable model [CCC]
  4. Implement the first round of the exceptions policy for the retention commitments and evaluate the process [CCC]
  5. Assess the readiness and current state of digital preservation practices and services in the WRLC, and recommend how the WRLC, individually and collectively, can advance digital preservation [Digital Preservation Assessment Task Force]
  6. Continue to consider how we should collectively manage the portion of our portfolio that includes standing operations [Steering Committee]
  7. Conduct a pilot in the CCC in which WRLC Central will provide a staff member to assume responsibility for supporting the CCC through managing communication with vendors, tracking the JSTOR pilots, providing analytics, conducting analysis upon request, and tracking ongoing initiatives.  The decision-making authority continues to rest entirely with the CCC.  
In addition, the Steering Committee suggested proposed initiatives to be considered for FY 2019, after the implementation of Alma and Primo.

Proposed Initiatives for FY19, after Alma Implementation

  1. In light of the implementation of Alma and Primo, the increase in ongoing collaborative operations and the recommendations of the Collaborative Human Resources Task Force, reconsider whether our collective organizational structure (including our committee/task force structure, the WRLC Central organization and how we work within the consortium and among its partners) is serving our needs or if there are opportunities to improve our effectiveness and efficiency.  
  2. In light of the implementation of Alma and Primo, reconvene a group to revisit the retention commitments with the following intentions:
    1. Investigate whether there is a more elegant solution to marking the status of items.
    2. Determine if there is a less time-consuming way to reassign retention commitments when an item is lost or damaged and someone else has a copy.
    3. Discover whether the WRLC can perform analysis similar to that conducted by SCS in order to expand the MOU to portions of the collection published after 2004.  If so, design the project.

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