Alliance News: Winter 2022

Alliance News: Winter 2022 (PDF)

Gonzaga University will join Orbis Cascade Alliance in July 2022

We are pleased to announce that Gonzaga University will be joining the Orbis Cascade Alliance, becoming our 38th member.

Founded in 1887, Gonzaga is a private Catholic university in Spokane, Washington. Gonzaga applied for membership in spring 2020. The membership process was completed in November 2021, and will be effective July 1, 2022.

The university’s migration to the Alliance’s shared integrated library system (SILS) will take place in 2022. Gonzaga will also participate in resource sharing via Summit, the consortial ebooks program, and other Alliance services. Read more…

Helmer Awards for 2022: Zine Symposium, Search Advocacy

Awarded annually, the John F. Helmer Awards promote member development and engagement in support of Alliance strategic initiatives. Applications must focus on a project that is in direct alignment with Alliance Strategic Initiatives and that can be accomplished one calendar year.

For the 2022 calendar year, the Alliance Board of Directors approved funding two proposals:

Zines in Libraries Symposium will fund a two-day virtual symposium that will gather Alliance members and members of the greater library and zine community. The goal of the Zines in Libraries Symposium is to engage the Alliance community with zines, alternative publications and DIY media and to provide tools, resources, and tips on how to successfully integrate zines into libraries and instruction. This symposium will bring together both library staff working with zines, as well as zine makers themselves. The project leaders are Maria Cunningham (OHSU) and Ann Matsushima Chiu (Reed).

Search Advocacy and the Alliance will hold a virtual training of the OSU Search Advocate program for Alliance members. This program aims to “[enhance] equity, validity, and diversity in university hiring” and has been adopted by universities around the region and the nation as a way to mitigate bias in the hiring process. The project leaders are Xan Arch (University of Portland) and Isaac Gilman (Pacific University)

Thanks to this year’s Helmer Awards Committee: Jane Carlin (University of Puget Sound, Chair), John Schoppert (Oregon Institute of Technology) and Jason Kovac (Clackamas Community College).

Alliance Board Endorses Controlled Digital Lending for ILL

In October, the Orbis Cascade Alliance Board of Directors voted to endorse the CDL Co-Op Statement on Using Controlled Digital Lending as a Mechanism for Interlibrary Loan.

The statement defines controlled digital lending (CDL) as “a modern method for libraries to loan digitized items from their print collection to their patrons in a ‘lend like print’ fashion. Using this method libraries digitize an owned physical item from their collection, then lend out this secured digital version to one user at a time while the original, printed copy, is simultaneously made unavailable to other users.” The statement seeks to increase awareness of controlled digital lending (CDL) as a virtual form of interlibrary loan, affirm the rights of libraries, and clarify assumptions and principles around CDL.

New Address for Alliance Office

Time to update your address book! The Alliance will have a new central office address, effective February 3rd.

Orbis Cascade Alliance
PO Box 6007
Portland, Oregon

Please use this new address for invoice payments and all other mail.

The office telephone and email contacts are unchanged: You can still reach us at (541) 246-2470 and

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Maija Anderson

Assistant Director & Program Manager, Open Strategies and Digital Content

Orbis Cascade Alliance

Work Phone: (971) 373-6152

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