ARL is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements. ARL member libraries make up a large portion of the academic and research library marketplace, spending more than $1 billion every year on library materials.
(Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
ASERL is the largest regional research library consortium in the United States. Membership in ASERL is limited to libraries of educational institutions with doctoral degree programs or of governmental agencies in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Membership benefits include the development of research quality library resources, inter-institutional sharing of resources and services, educational opportunities for librarians, and opportunities to collaborate on innovative library services.
(Council on Library and Information Resources)
CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to maintain and improve access to information for the future. CLIR helps create services that expand the concept of “library” and supports the providers and preservers of information.
Primary goals include fostering new approaches to the management of information resources, expanding leadership capacity in the information professions, and analyzing changes in the information landscape and help practitioners prepare for them.
CNI, a joint initiative of the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, promotes the use of networked information technology to advance research and education. About 200 institutions representing higher education, publishing, network and telecommunications, information technology, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI’s Members.
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. EDUCAUSE programs include professional development activities, print and electronic publications, strategic policy initiatives, research, awards for leadership and exemplary practices, and a wealth of online information services.
Created in 2009 by the merger of PALINET and SOLINET, two well-established regional library networks, Lyrasis members now include over 4,000 member libraries and cultural heritage institutions across the US and beyond. Members benefit from collaboration with peers from diverse institutions, increased purchasing power, and access to more industry experts and peer-to-peer solutions. With group discounts and consortia savings from more than 157 vendor partners, members maximize their budgets. Lyrasis offers members cutting-edge education and effective technology solutions.
NERL comprises 27 academic research libraries with the common objectives of access and cost containment, joint licensing, and possible joint deployment of electronic resources. NERL offers a forum in which members can share information about management and budgeting for electronic resources. NERL focuses primarily on expensive resources. NERL’s work is accomplished by a staff of 2, with volunteer help from its core member libraries. Membership gives the University of Miami access to electronic resources at reduced pricing.
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization. More than 60,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat—the OCLC Online Union Catalog. OCLC Programs and Research include RLG Programs (see above) and OCLC Research, one of the world’s leading centers devoted exclusively to the challenges facing libraries. For members meeting specific criteria, there is the option to join the Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program which gives faculty borrowing privileges and on-site access to the collections of other participating academic research libraries.
OCLC Research Library Partnership comprises nearly 150 partners, including research libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural memory institutions. Our global partnership has remarkable collections for research, teaching and learning. Originally founded in 1974 by The New York Public Library and Columbia, Harvard, and Yale universities, RLG (Research Library Group) Programs became part of OCLC in July 2006 and was rebranded as OCLC Research Library Partnership in 2011. The resulting organization is becoming the leading venue for applied research, community building and prototyping of systems and services that support research and learning.
Benefits of membership include being on the forefront of innovative library services; access to communities of experts; and an option to join SHARES for priority interlibrary loan service and on-site access to collections and services at the other participating institutions for University of Miami faculty, students, and staff.