The Claremont Colleges Library Joins GWLA
Post date: Mar 7, 2016
The Claremont Colleges Library Joins the Greater Western Library Alliance
The Claremont Colleges Library has been granted membership into the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a consortium of 36 research libraries located in the central and western United States. GWLA is a dynamic, project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in the transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies in libraries serving higher education.
The Claremont Colleges Library serves a distinguished consortium of five undergraduate and two graduate institutions located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
“We’re excited to be joining the GWLA network of academic libraries,” said Kevin Mulroy, the A.J. McFadden Dean of the Claremont Colleges Library. “Membership in the consortium will bring immediate and substantial benefits to our faculty, students, and staff through increased access to information resources.”
GWLA membership benefits include:
- Cost savings brought about through cooperative negotiation of discounts and licensing terms and conditions.
- Interlibrary loan (ILL) reciprocity between GWLA members.
- News and discussions via listservs, webinars, virtual workspaces, and newsletters.
- Participation and membership in an array of standing committees and task forces dedicated to specific projects or areas of focus, including content development, resource sharing/document delivery, cooperative collection management, student learning outcomes, and digital collections.
- A united voice to promote and advocate for scholarly communication, national print and digital preservation initiatives, and continuous improvement of ILL and document delivery.
During the membership assessment, a three-person GWLA team visited the Claremont Colleges Library for an on-site evaluation that is similar to a college accreditation visit. The team members were impressed by the library’s collection size and scope, public services, new strategic initiatives, and potential contributions to the alliance.
David Carlson, GWLA Board Chair and Dean of University Libraries at Texas A&M University noted, “As the Claremont Colleges Library was considered for membership in GWLA, it became clear that the institution would bring unique perspectives to the consortium, in their emphasis on liberal arts education, and a distributed approach to organizational structure. These qualities are matched by a library with a distinguished collection of resources and a professional staff with a national reputation for quality service and leadership on issues related to librarianship and scholarly communication.”
The Claremont Colleges
Based on the Oxford model, the Claremont University Consortium combines the specialization, flexibility and personal attention of a small college with the resources of a large university. The undergraduate colleges consist of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps. The two graduate institutions are the Claremont Graduate University and the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. The consortium dates back to 1925 when Claremont Graduate University was founded in partnership with Pomona College, the oldest of The Claremont Colleges (1887). All 5 of the undergraduate colleges are ranked in the top 50 of the 2013 US News & World Report rankings of liberal arts colleges, with three in the top 20. For more information see: http://www.claremont.edu/
The Claremont Colleges Library
The Claremont Colleges Library, the preeminent academic resource for the Claremont Colleges, is located at the heart of the seven campuses. Committed to fostering intellectual discovery, critical thinking, and life-long learning, the library ties the academic community to varied cultural and scholarly traditions by offering user-centered services, building information resources, developing innovative technologies, and providing an inviting environment for study, collaboration, and reflection. The library is supported by a staff that has a commitment to best practices and innovation and to the delivery of exemplary service to the colleges’ students and faculty. With a combined user population of more than 7,200 students and 3,600 faculty and staff, the Claremont Colleges Library benchmarks against midsized academic libraries. For more information, see: http://libraries.claremont.edu.
The Greater Western Library Alliance
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 more information, see: http://www.gwla.org/.