The University of Idaho Library Joins Orbis Cascade Alliance

Wednesday, November 30 2011


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Library has joined the Orbis Cascade Alliance as the 37th member of consortium and the first member in Idaho.

With the addition of the University of Idaho, alliance member libraries will offer a collection of some 31 million volumes and a vast array of databases, ebooks and ejournals.

“The University of Idaho is excited about the alliance’s vision of shared services and a unified northwest academic library collection,” said Lynn Baird, dean of library services. “We have a long tradition of forging important partnerships and joining the Orbis Cascade Alliance will bring a wealth of new resources to University of Idaho students and faculty, while also making the University of Idaho’s collection available to academic libraries across the Northwest.”

The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium of academic libraries in Washington, Oregon and Idaho serving faculty and the equivalent of more than 258,000 full times students. Alliance member libraries work together to provide outstanding services to students and faculty, share information resources and expertise, develop library staff, and help members allocate financial and human resources to serve the unique needs of each member.

The University of Idaho has previously participated in several of the alliance’s programs, but now becomes a governing member of the consortium; in mid-2012, the University of Idaho’s Voyager system will be included in the Alliances’ Summit resources sharing system built on WorldCat Navigator.

“We are thrilled to welcome the fine staff, collections and services of the University of Idaho to the Orbis Cascade Alliance,” said Betsy Wilson, dean of the University of Washington libraries and chair of the Alliance board of directors. “The University of Idaho brings a depth of experience, enthusiasm and vision that will clearly help Alliance member libraries achieve our strategic agenda, bolster our combined impact, and enhance our ability to offer world-class library services and collections to the Northwest.”

The Alliance considers the combined collections of its member institutions as one collection. It supports a number of services including Summit, a system that allows students, faculty and staff to easily search and request library materials owned by member libraries; courier service offering delivery of library materials in Oregon, Washington and Idaho; and the Northwest Digital Archives.
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