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 The Orbis Cascade Alliance, an exemplary academic library consortium, is a vital partner in advancing transformative learning and research and creating equity in higher education.


Orbis Cascade Alliance pushes the boundaries of what is possible in libraries through strategic collaboration in the Pacific Northwest. To advance member institutions, we create and deliver innovative, sustainable, and essential library programs and resources.


Strengthen Member Institutions

Improve Access to Information

Inspire Knowledge Creation

Equip Students for Success

Build member staff capacity to address challenges through innovative practices

Implement programs to increase access to physical and digital collections across member institutions

Partner in the creation    of high quality research, scholarship, and curricula

Contribute to students’ ability to navigate an information-rich environment as literate information users and creators

Maximize return on  member investment through shared systems and resource purchase/licensing programs

Enhance  equitable access to information by curating, disseminating, and improving discoverability of both unique and existing content

Develop  infrastructure and expertise to support the   dissemination of newly created or adapted  information resources

Create, disseminate, and preserve the information resources needed to enhance student learning, scholarship, and creative activities

Coordinate and leverage expertise within individual member institutions for shared benefit

Catalyze a more open and sustainable scholarly communication system that prioritizes high quality resources that are open, free, or low-cost

Curate physical and digital collections that foster diversity and inclusiveness in research, scholarship, and  teaching

Reduce student financial pressures by promoting and supporting open and affordable resources



Collaborate for Shared Benefit - Value Shared Innovation

Be Intentional - Act with Integrity and Respect

To achieve this strategic plan, we will engage in a number of Initiatives.  The process to propose and endorse Initiatives began in Winter 2018.  The process we used is described here, and the Approved Initiatives for FY19, or the Approved Initiatives by Theme / Team.