[Libs-Or] Whitworth University, 38th member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance

John F. Helmer jhelmer at orbiscascade.org
Tue Feb 9 12:03:30 PST 2016

Northwest colleagues,

I am pleased to let you know that Whitworth University is the 38th member
of the Orbis Cascade Alliance!

Given that it is Fat Tuesday, I will simply add

*Laissez les bons temps rouler!*

John F. Helmer
Executive Director
Orbis Cascade Alliance
jhelmer at orbiscascade.org
541.246.2470 ext 205

Date of release: February 9, 2016

*Whitworth University joins** the Orbis Cascade Alliance*

EUGENE, Ore. – The Orbis Cascade Alliance is pleased to announce that
Whitworth University has joined the Alliance, becoming its 38th member.
Whitworth has long been a participant in selected Alliance services,
applied for membership last year, and finalized membership in February
2016.  The university is currently engaged in a migration project and is
expected to join the Orbis Cascade Alliance shared integrated library
system (ILS) in June 2016.

“We are very pleased and honored to welcome Whitworth University,” said
Faye A. Chadwell, chair of the Alliance board of directors, Donald and
Delpha Campbell university librarian, and Oregon State University press
director. “In voting to offer membership, the Council of deans and
directors felt strongly that Whitworth University is a good fit for
membership and shares the strong commitment to deep collaboration that
typifies membership in the Orbis Cascade Alliance.”

“Whitworth University is proud to join the Alliance,” said Amanda C. R.
Clark, Director of the Library and Assistant Professor of Art History. “The
library is in the midst of a building process that includes a new library
faculty position, creation of an institutional repository, and now
membership in the Orbis Cascade Alliance.  Whitworth University looks
forward to working with public and private colleges and universities across
Washington, Oregon, and Idaho while strengthening library services in the
Spokane area.”

In her announcement to Alliance members, Chadwell noted that “Whitworth
University will be the first new member since 2011 and the first to join
since implementation of our ground-breaking shared ILS.  It is exciting to
have such a strong new member and key academic institution join from
eastern Washington. Whitworth’s membership in the Alliance is an important
event in the history of the Northwest’s preeminent library consortium.”

*About Whitworth University*

Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission to provide "an
education of mind and heart" through rigorous intellectual inquiry guided
by dedicated Christian scholars. Recognized as one of the top regional
colleges and universities in the West, Whitworth University has an
enrollment of 3,000 students and offers 60 undergraduate and graduate
degree programs. In recent years, Whitworth has enjoyed record levels of
student enrollment and retention, the strongest financial position in the
university's history, and increased external visibility.

Whitworth University's 200-acre campus of red-brick buildings and tall
pines offers a beautiful, inviting and secure learning environment. More
than $110 million in campus improvements have been made in recent years,
including an expanded dining hall, a rec center, a science hall, a center
for the visual arts, three residence halls and an intramural sports field.

In all of its endeavors, Whitworth seeks to advance its founder's mission
of equipping students to "honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity."

*About Orbis Cascade Alliance*

The Orbis Cascade Alliance <https://www.orbiscascade.org/> is a consortium
of 38 academic institutions <https://www.orbiscascade.org/member/> in
Oregon, Washington and Idaho that serves faculty and the equivalent of more
than 275,000 full-time students. The Alliance helps member libraries to
advance institutional missions through collaboration and innovation.
Members join together their expertise in seeking efficiency and
productivity to strongly promote the success of students, faculty, staff
and researchers. They bring multiple perspectives together to challenge
traditional thinking and elevate the ability to deliver outstanding
services, programs and collections.

The Alliance supports a number of programs that promote this vision
including a shared resource management and discovery system; standardized
policies and collaborative workflows; a service that allows students,
faculty and staff to easily search and request library materials owned by
member libraries; courier service providing delivery of library materials
in Oregon, Washington and Idaho; enhanced access to archival and manuscript
collections in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington through a union
database of finding aids; an Alliance-distributed print repository;
cooperative purchasing of databases and e-journals; and demand-driven and
licensed e-book collections.


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