TRLN has a vision of breaking down any
remaining barriers to a long-standing goal of one research collection,
serving one user community across four distinct institutions. Our new
direction will include several areas of emphasis as outlined in the
following program plan.
One Research Collection for One User Community
Our vision for the future is unlimited resource sharing within the
consortium. We will share materials across our institutions as we do
within our institutions — removing barriers to access and providing easy
and rapid delivery services. We will share materials regardless of their
format and with as little mediation as possible.
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Collaborative Staffing Models
We will explore opportunities for a variety of collaborative
staffing models. These arrangements will support staff development, will
allow us to share expertise and specialized skills, and will facilitate
the distribution of workloads and the sharing of positions. Activities
may include the creation of internships or fellowships within TRLN
libraries, and the exploration of job trading and sharing.
Shared Records Program
Shared Digital Production, Access and Preservation
We will seek to develop a collaborative model for shared digital
production, access and preservation. We will work with partners and
funders to digitize large portions of our collections. We will explore
opportunities for shared storage and preservation through the
and other national programs. We will continually improve shared access to these digitized
collections, and will continue to develop strategies for Intellectual
Property rights to these materials.
Content, Context, and Capacity
IP Rights Strategy
SEARCH TRLN — We will enhance our technical infrastructure to support
universal, easy and rapid access to the shared collection. We will explore
a shared interface, shared metadata for common records, and the
implications of patron-initiated services
TRLN Management Academy
— We will host and improve this event, and will explore alternative delivery mechanisms if travel funding
is a problem.
Collaborative Print Retention Program — We will continue to expand the Archive, and we
will explore collaboration with other print archives through the
Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the
Center for Research Libraries (CRL).
Scholarly Communication — We will continue to sponsor staff education
programs, and we will explore transformative publishing models and
participate in efforts to clarify and inform authors and readers of their
rights. We will partner with other national consortia to create a series
of webinars for our members that examine the rapidly-evolving nature of
intellectual property. The goal is to ensure our librarians, faculty and
staffs are well-informed on the rights and responsibilities of open
access, copyright, and fair use.
Facilitate Communication — We will continue to improve information
sharing within the consortium, and will create
a resource of potential report or article possibilities for local
researchers and authors.
For decades, TRLN libraries have provided
leadership in collaboration in the areas of cooperative collection
development, automation, policy development, and sponsored projects. TRLN
has routinely counted among its core assets the geographic proximity of
its members, breadth and depth of its research collections, staff
expertise and the sustained commitment of resources from institutional
leaders who see libraries as pivotal to achieving their vision for
From 2007 to 2009, TRLN built the infrastructure for the
Digital TRLN. The
aim was to create a digital environment characterized by user services and
tools that facilitate access to large multifaceted collections. "Search
TRLN" was implemented and provides easy discovery and request functions
across the combined collections of TRLN. One result of this streamlined
discovery and request platform has been a seventy percent increase in the
borrowing of materials within the TRLN libraries.
Today's faculty and students are under increasing demands and their
expectations of networked academic communities continue to accelerate with
those demands. An ever-growing universe of information resources and forms
of scholarly communication tax our libraries' funding models. We can best
meet our users' expectations in this fiscal climate by integrating and
harnessing the full complement of TRLN's past successes — including the
wealth of physical and digital materials, expertise with the complex
integration of bibliographic data and systems development, and our human
resources networks built on unique and long-lived trust.
TRLN will exploit the geographic proximity of the libraries by exploring
opportunities to share staff across the consortium and consolidating
workflows. TRLN will play a leadership role in access to and preservation
of digital collections, engaging with national experts and creating a
model for true collaboration.
TRLN makes this commitment to the future of universal access and expansive
collaboration with the recognition of the inherent ambiguity in such an
endeavor. We will proceed opportunistically, pursuing grants and external
resources where possible and engaging outside expertise where appropriate.
Core Values and Programs
TRLN (Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University,
and the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is
one of the oldest consortia in the country. The hallmark of cooperation
among the four universities has been a highly successful cooperative
collection development program that has resulted in little duplication
across institutions and a high degree of uniqueness in the respective
collections. With the licensing of electronic content, the cooperation has
expanded to include electronic resources. The shared collections are made
available to users from any TRLN library through reciprocal borrowing
arrangements and through a privileged delivery service. Another of TRLN's
strengths is the broad range of staff development, continuing education,
and training opportunities that are offered locally and attended widely by
all levels of staff.