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GWLA Members to Adopt Relais D2D

posted Mar 1, 2013, 6:10 AM by Lars Hagelin
February 28, 2013

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) has announced the launch of the Relais Discovery to Delivery (D2D) implementation project (http://goo.gl/TlyEi). Member interest in Relais has been overwhelmingly positive, with 28 of 33 member institutions signing on.

Performance & Project Benefits
  • Improved service to library patrons with quicker turnaround times and faster delivery of requested materials;
  • Load-leveling capability to modulate the long-standing net borrower & net lender imbalance within GWLA;
  • Efficient workflow will save staff time;
  • Strong reporting of transaction data to support the assessment of the services GWLA members provide to their patrons;
  • Seamless integration with existing Integrated Library Systems and Discovery Layers.
Strong Support for Relais D2D Project

The pilot Relais D2D project was approved at the 2012 Fall Membership Meeting in Houston. The GWLA Board subsequently opted to sponsor significant funding for the project citing GWLA's core values of leveraging our collective strength with innovation and experimentation. GWLA will provide the necessary funds for institutions which joined at the lender-only level, and will provide equivalent partial funding to full (lending and borrowing) participants.

Work will begin immediately on the profiling stage of the project, with full implementation to be completed by Summer 2013.

About GWLA:

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is a consortium of 33 research libraries located in the central and western United States. GWLA is a dynamic, effective, project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in the transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies.


Lars Hagelin
Senior Communications Officer, GWLA