Strategic Collaborative Initiatives

VISION

The Greater Western Library Alliance is a dynamic and project-oriented consortium of leading research libraries in the Central and Western United States. Our strategic member-driven initiatives are collaborative and innovative. They result in pragmatic outcomes that create user-focused services and programs that broadly support research, teaching and learning, outreach while influencing the scholarly communications framework.

Strategic Initiatives

  1. Managing Research Data (2016-)
    Be active partners in planning shared regional approaches to managing, storing and curating research data; develop strategies for GWLA librarians will demonstrate core competencies in data management and curation; and play an active role in aligning federal grant funding policies with national open data/open access initiatives.

  2. Student Learning Outcomes (2011-)
    Identify and promote best practices for how research libraries may support and enhance student learning outcomes and assessment practices. 

  3. Resource Sharing and Collection Development (2016-)
    Promote development and sharing of digital collections, technologies, and repositories to support scholarship; monitor development of a comprehensive digitization effort for legacy federal document collections to ensure continuing electronic access to the entire federal document collection; share unique research materials and minimize collection overlap to improve accessibility and discoverability by staff and users and optimize space utilization and resource sharing among member libraries.

  4. Scholarly Communications (2016-)
    Explore and participate in collaborative opportunities related to scholarly communications; engage leaders on their campuses around current issues in scholarly communications including open access, open educational resources, data management, digital humanities and copyright; increase its organizational and member capacity to educate and advocate for scholarly communication issues; leverage the strengths of its member institutions to develop next generation librarian skills in scholarly communications.

  5. Professional and Workforce Development (2016-)
    Work collaboratively to improve the diversity of GWLA member libraries and create a climate for recruiting a diverse workforce; support succession planning for member libraries; support development and mentorship of early-career librarians.

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