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