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The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a library consortium serving academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.  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.

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.


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.
Link to details: Institutional Representatives


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.
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

Alliance Staff

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