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.

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 2021

1. Creating Coordinated Collections

  1. Develop a model to identify and assign commitments to retain monographs published since 2005.
  2. Amend the MOU on Shared Collection Print Monograph Retention to reflect any changes to our retention commitment.
  3. Explore options and negotiate agreements, if possible, for digital textbooks that support student learning.

2. Creating Robust Discovery and Access

  1. Investigate and pilot a custom request form to replace the various ILL, resource sharing, digitization and hold request links in Primo; the custom form would check availability and place requests using Alma and ILLiad APIs.
  2. Investigate Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) as a means of improving accessibility to our shared print collections, explore implementation options and legal issues and make a recommendation on how CDL could be implemented in the WRLC.
  3. Implement the new data architecture for the Shared Collections Facility. Following deployment, consider any refinements to improve discovery and accessibility.
  4. Implement the Digitization Fulfillment Analysis Team's recommendation to use ILL management systems for requesting, processing and lending chapter, article and other non-returnable digitized material.

3. Preserving Physical and Digital Resources

  1. With the current version of Islandora reaching end-of-life, explore options that will effectively manage and discover our digital assets and make a recommendation for implementation.
  2. Select single copies of print journals for retention and make retention commitments, if appropriate, to the WRLC, Scholars Trust and the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance.

4. Sharing Expertise

  1. Collect information on staff skills and expertise in the consortium. Create mechanisms for sharing that expertise among the consortium partners.
  2. Advocate for Open Educational Resources (OER) and other low/no cost options by promoting their use through our membership in the Open Education Network, faculty workshops, marketing, LibGuides and a community of practice.
  3. Review our existing agreement with Ex Libris for Alma and Primo and incorporate any desired changes into our negotiations to extend our subscription agreement with Ex Libris.


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