The University of Wyoming’s status as a top research institution has been bolstered with UW Libraries achieving membership in the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) — a consortium of 32 research libraries located in the central and western United States.
The announcement was made today (Thursday) at the UW Board of Trustees meeting.
GWLA is a project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in transforming scholarly communication, and as a facilitator in applying new information technologies. GWLA members develop programs related to scholarly communication, interlibrary loan, shared electronic resources, cooperative collection development, digital libraries, staff development and continuing education.
With GWLA membership, UW students and faculty will have faster access to research collections complementing UW Libraries’ own collections. UW will be able to purchase some research databases at a lower cost, saving the university money through collective purchasing power.
Earlier this fall, a three-person GWLA team was at UW for an on-site inspection, similar to a college accreditation visit that analyzes collection size and scope, services and potential contributions to the alliance.
Since 2004, the university and its Board of Trustees have worked with the state Legislature and the two governors to strengthen UW library collections and services.
Together, UW and the state have invested more than $9 million in collections for the UW Libraries and the UW Law Library.
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