The Greater Western Library Alliance is a dynamic, effective,
project-oriented regional consortium of leading research libraries
located in the Central and Western United States. It is an
internationally recognized leader in the transformation of scholarly
communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information
technologies. The activities and collaborative projects of the Alliance
contribute to a demonstrable expansion of access to quality information
both within and beyond the boundaries of the consortium.
The Greater Western Library Alliance delivers cost-effective and
high-quality information services and resources to its member
institutions and their clientele. The Alliance is a full partner and
dynamic leader in the national and international scholarly arenas of
learning and research. It relies on the highly skilled staffs of its
member libraries to capitalize on new technologies, to forge effective
and meaningful partnerships, and to promote innovation and excellence.
GOALS & STRATEGIES
GOAL 1: Access—GWLA will develop and provide a suite
of user-focused services that will improve access to information, be
competitive, and will promote reform of the scholarly communication system. Strategies:
- Expand and promote cooperative access to electronic journals
and other shared content and resources through partnerships with journal
editors on our campuses. Develop a blog or website
(KU, Berkeley Press) with evaluative information on options and
opportunities. (Champions: Haricombe,
Giesecke; JB Staff Liaison)
- Develop a collaborative project
with the Center for Research Libraries to digitize, archive, and provide
persistent and unrestricted access to federal technical reports issues
prior to 1975.
- Enhance GWLA’s ILL/document
delivery services by continuous assessment and performance
improvement. (Champion: Lowman; AM
- Plan and evaluate the
implementation of new technologies that are of interest to GWLA
members. Explore such items
as: ecommerce software, discovery
tools, making resources available to broader constituent groups.
(Champions: Stoffle, Prestamo)
- Investigate and participate in
national preservation programs for both print and digital materials.
GOAL 2: Preservation—Through partnerships among its
member institutions, GWLA will explore tools
and technologies to preserve scholarly information in a variety of formats. Strategies:
- Promote and advocate for
scholarly communications issues.
collections of shared interest and collaborate on reformatting efforts.
Charge CD committee with
developing strategy. (AM Staff Liaison)
in digital preservation programs for materials in all formats. Explore how
GWLA can support such programs. (Champion: Olsen; JD and DCC)
- Develop a GWLA disaster
plan—identify and inventory expertise and equipment. (Champions: Cogswell, Carlson, Baker,
- Develop strategies and
partnerships for joint print repositories. (Including cost structure,
participation parameters/guidelines, etc.)
(Champions: Clement, Iannuzzi; AM and CD)
GOAL 3: Collections – Develop and implement programs to leverage
our collective resources and reflect the collections and research strengths of
the GWLA libraries. Strategies:
- Create a program and infrastructure for developing targeted,
broad-based digital collections that support instruction and research on member
campuses. Phase 2 of the Western Waters
Digital Library (www.westernwaters.org) will serve as the first development
Olsen; JD and DCC)
- Facilitate customer driven collection development in GWLA
libraries. (Champions: Hair, Rooks; AM, CD, RSDD)
GOAL 4: Promote Organizational Effectiveness -
Promote innovative organizational development within the consortium to ensure
GWLA effectiveness. Strategies:
best practices for providing continued access to purchased subscribed
electronic journal content for canceled ongoing electronic journal
staff expertise in new areas for both GWLA and library staff with training and
staff development opportunities.
- Create reference and instruction
task force to explore the following: new skill building, campus
partnerships, sharing online resources and instruction materials, embedded
librarianship, create an inventory of initiatives in GWLA libraries (Champion:
- Encourage and
develop more partnerships and collaboration within GWLA that reach beyond
- Develop and
implement an effective and ongoing assessment process for all GWLA
programs. Charge each committee with
developing metrics for assessment.
- Continue to
provide more cost-effective access to strategic electronic resources through
joint license agreements and purchases.
- Participate in the leadership of
the BioOne electronic publishing initiative through its Board of Directors
and Library Advisory Group.
- Assessment issues at the library
and institutional level. (Champion:
- Update from Texas members on TDL
federated, shared depository (Future meeting)
- Open Access mass book
digitizers—(Google, Open Content Alliance, etc.)—encourage them to make
their lists of digitized materials known in WorldCat.
- Keep abreast of scholarly
communications issues and advocacy.