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2017-present: Shared Technical Services is now overseen by the Shared Content and Technical Services Team.

2015-2017: Shared Technical Services was overseen by the Collaborative Workforce Program, advised by the Collaborative Workforce Team and the Technical Services Working Group.

2009-2014: The Collaborative Technical Services Team (2010-2014) and the Collaborative Technical Services Task Force (2009) provided leadership for shared technical services across the Alliance. Learn more about the history of collaborative technical services at the Alliance.


As articulated in its Strategic Agenda, the Orbis Cascade Alliance is committed to projects that will help its libraries work together and work more efficiently. 

Collaborative technical services is a shared set of practices and staffing for acquisitions, cataloging, serials and related functions that maximizes the collective efficiency of these operations within Alliance libraries. The goal is to bring a sense of oneness to Alliance collections while creating efficiencies which enable libraries and their staff to focus on expanding and improving library services and discovery.


Documentation on the Alliance web including

Erica Findley (formerly of Pacific). "Power of Groups." Sponsored by OCLC, June 23, 2012.

Ann Miller (University of Oregon). "All for One and One for All: Planning for a Consortial Next Generation ILS." Georgia Users Group Meeting (ELUNA subgroup), Macon, Georgia, May 16, 2013.

Tom Larson (Portland State University) and Rachel Arkoosh (Pacific). "Adventures in Collaborative Technical Services: Past, Present, and Future with the Orbis Cascade Alliance." ALA Annual 2013, Next Generation Technical Services Program, Chicago, IL, June 29, 2013.

Bob Thomas (Western Washington University). "Network Zone: Where We Are and Where We're Going." Collaborative Technical Services Symposium, Portland, Oregon, September 18, 2013.

Kathleen Spring (Linfield), Megan Drake (Pacific), and Sion Romaine (University of Washington). "How Is That Going to Work?: Rethinking Acquisitions in a Next-Generation ILS." Charleston Conference 2013, Charleston, South Carolina, November 8, 2013. Presentation and Paper