The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a nonprofit consortium of 37 colleges and universities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The Alliance runs a shared library management system and discovery interface, works on collective purchasing, facilitates access to unique and local collections, and coordinates resource sharing for our members.
Mission, Vision, and Values
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.
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.
We value open communication, innovation, agility, discussion and collaborative decision making that elicits and includes the perspectives of each member. We value and nurture strong and lasting personal and institutional commitments to our work together. Where differences occur we value open debate, exploration, willingness to change, and the creation of solutions that serve the collective good of our member colleges and universities as a whole.
Who We Are
The Alliance is made up of many types of groups that work together to move us towards our goals. The following are short descriptions of each group and information on the membership of that group.
New Member Information Recording from October 13, 2021 which provides an overview of the work of Orbis Cascade Alliance by the Alliance Staff.
What it does: The Board of Directors has fiduciary responsibility for the organization with the exception of adopting an annual budget and determining strategic directions, two governance duties assigned to Council.
Who are its members: Board members are elected from the Council membership.
Link to details: Board of Directors
What it does: The Alliance is governed by a Council of member Library Deans and Directors. Council approves the budget and all strategic initiatives.
Who are its members: Member Library Deans or Directors are appointed by their institution to serve on the Council.
Link to details: Council
What they do: Alliance Members may work as representatives, team members, and on groups. Member staff are the backbone of the Alliance.
Who are its members: Staff working at any institution that is a member of the Alliance are considered members.
Link to details: Members
What they do: The Council members from each member institution designate a Representative to each team. Teams consult with Representatives for voting and formal input on issues. Representatives speak for an entire member institution. Thus each Representative is expected to gather input from all relevant divisions, branches, autonomous libraries, etc.
Who are its members: The Library Dean or Director selects an individual to serve as the representative for their institution for each program area.
See representatives listed on their Program/Team pages.
What they do: Alliance Teams are charged with specific tasks determined by the Board and Council. Teams associated with a program also serve in an advisory capacity for that area. Team members do not represent their institutions, but work for the good of the entire membership.
Who are its members: The Teams are composed of Alliance members. See current team members on the Program/Team pages. Council members serve as liaisons to teams. See all current liaisons in the Directory.
Link to details: Team and Group Structure
What they do: Groups carry out projects and tasks charged by Teams. Group members do not represent their institution but rather use their background and experience to inform the team’s efforts to work for the good of the entire membership.
Who are its members: The Groups are composed of Alliance members. Groups are formed and appointed by Teams.
Link to details: Team and Group Structure
What they do: Alliance Staff work with all of the groups above to meet Alliance goals.
Who are its members: Individuals hired by the Alliance office.
Link to details: Alliance Staff
Committees and Task Forces
What they do: Committees and task forces have been and can be created to complete a specific task or explore an issue.
Who are its members: The make up of a committee or task force is determined by the needs of the task and membership may reach across all of the groups above. Examples: Shared Integrated Library System (SILS) Task Force and Equity Exploratory Committee