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University of Denver Libraries Now a Member of the Greater Western Library Alliance

posted Mar 16, 2015, 10:39 AM by Lars Hagelin


March 16, 2015 – The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) today announced that the University of Denver Libraries have been granted membership. Membership was approved at the GWLA Spring Membership Meeting, Tuesday March 10, 2015.

“GWLA membership for the University of Denver will greatly enhance resource sharing, and document delivery services for the DU community, and I am confident that with our strong track record in collaborative effort, we will in turn be a strong partner within this leading-edge consortium,” said Nancy Allen, dean and director of University Libraries at the University of Denver. “We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the research library community in new ways.”

With GWLA membership, DU students and faculty will have faster access to research collections complementing DU’s own library collections. DU will be able to purchase some research databases at a lower cost, saving the university money through collective purchasing power. DU Libraries also now have peer partners for grants, professional development and special projects related to contemporary research library developments and challenges, Allen noted.

“We are thrilled to welcome the University of Denver as the newest member of the Greater Western Library Alliance. The DU Libraries offer outstanding experience in collaborative programming, an innovative and expert staff, and strong collections including special collections that complement primary resources in the region,” said GWLA Executive Director Joni Blake. “GWLA members genuinely look forward to working with the DU Libraries on a broad range of initiatives and projects.”

Dr. Rebecca Chopp, DU’s Chancellor, commented, “I am so pleased to hear that the University of Denver is now a GWLA member. It is truly exciting to imagine the combined power of so many research libraries working together in support of the purposes of higher education: transformative education, creation of new knowledge, and service through solutions needed by communities.”

Late last year, a three-person GWLA team visited DU for an on-site evaluation, similar to a college accreditation visit that analyzes collection size and scope, services and potential contributions to the alliance. Of particular note is the beautiful new library building, the Anderson Academic Commons, which is not only the home of the main library, but also demonstrates partnership with several other academic support units. Completed in 2013, students flock to the study, collection, and service locations, as well as events, and exhibits, breaking all attendance records.

Commenting on the membership decision, Dr. Gregg Kvistad, the University of Denver provost and executive vice chancellor, noted, “The University of Denver’s tagline is that we are a great private university dedicated to the public good. I am confident that through GWLA membership, our libraries will contribute to the greater good of higher education in the western region, leveraging collections as well as the knowledge base of our outstanding library professionals through collaborative programs.”

“The long-standing support from the University administration, friends, and donors for the University libraries’ collections, services, and facilities is deeply appreciated,” said Allen. “Our status as a research library is set in a new context of research library collaboration through GWLA, leveraging the collective effort of colleagues who, together, are dedicated to improving information services, supporting knowledge creation, and student learning outcomes.”



The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is a consortium of 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. For additional information, visit the GWLA website or follow GWLA on Facebook.

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is committed to engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. For additional information, visit the University’s Media Relations website, or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter.
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