Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. The Library's participation in CNI allows us to stay up to date and active in developments surrounding digital library resources and services.
Cooperative Online Serials (CONSER)
Our participation in CONSER Publication Pattern Initiative allows us to contribute and share high-quality information for serial publications via the CONSER database. Both access and delivery of serial literature, such as journals, magazines, and newspapers, are improved for users through the efforts of CONSER, a cooperative online serials cataloging program coordinated by the Library of Congress.
CrossRef, the official DOI registration agency for scholarly and professional publications, harnesses collaboration among publishers to provide the scholarly community with easier access to online research content. CrossRef was established in 2000 as an independent, non-profit membership association, with a mandate to make cross-publisher linking throughout online scholarly literature efficient and reliable using the DOI system. Our CrossRef membership provides Library users with access to cross-publisher persistent links to scholarly materials via our Find it @ PSU service.
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
The Library and the Office of Information Technologies(OIT) sponsor a joint membership in the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is a community of institutions, organizations, and corporations committed to advancing learning through innovation in information technology. The joint membership allows Portland State faculty, instructors, and staff to access online learning and training resources to keep their knowledge about academic information technology up-to-date.
Innovative Users Group (IUG)
The Innovative Users Group was founded in 1991 as an international organization of member libraries who use the Innovative Interfaces, Inc. integrated library system (ILS). Portland State Library uses the company's Millennium ILS and is an active participant in the group.
LOCKSS (for "Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe"): Since 2003, as part of its digital preservation efforts, the Library has participated in the LOCKSS Alliance and continues to capture and archive electronic journal literature from selected publishers. The LOCKSS digital preservation system runs on open source software designed to be an easy and inexpensive way to collect, store, preserve, and provide access to local copies of authorized content.
Name Authority Cooperative (NACO)
To better organize the world's knowledge and increase the accuracy of users' searches for library materials, Portland State Library contributes new authority records for names, titles, and series to the national-level authority file, following a common set of standards and guidelines. NACO is a component of the Library of Congress's Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC).
Northwest Digital Archives (NWDA)
The Northwest Digital Archives (NWDA) provides enhanced access to archival and manuscript collections in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington through a union database of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids. Portland State University Library is a new participating institution as of 2006 and will soon be adding its finding aids into the consortium's database.
In addition to furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs by its OCLC membership, the Library helps to cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the OCLC Online Union Catalog. More than 41,555 libraries in 112 countries and terriories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.
Orbis Cascade Alliance
As an Orbis Cascade Alliance member, the Library collaborates with 32 other academic institutions in Oregon and Washington to share information resources and expertise, and enrich and preserve our collections. A major benefit of membership is the Library's participation in and access to the Summit Union Catalog Resource Sharing service.
Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC)
To better organize the world's knowledge and increase the accuracy of users' searches for library materials, Portland State Library joins with the Library of Congress's efforts, through PCC, to expand access to library collections by providing useful, timely, and cost-effective cataloging that meets mutually accepted standards of libraries around the world.
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
The Library is very concerned about maintaining cost-effective access to scholarly publications. As a SPARC member, the Library joins an alliance of universities, research libraries, and organizations working to provide a constructive response to market dysfunctions in the scholarly communication system. SPARC serves as a catalyst for action, helping to create systems that expand information dissemination and use in a networked digital environment while responding to the needs of academe.
Soochow University Library and Nanjing University Libraries: Sister Libraries
The Portland State University Library partners with the Soochow University and Nanjing University libraries in China to pursue collaborative activities and gain understanding of the culture, principles, and library services of each country. The establishment of a sister-library relationship with the Soochow University in July 2002 is an extension of the sister city relationship between Suzhou and Portland, which evolved into a partnership between the two Universities and expansion of collaborative activities. In the summer of 2006, University Librarian/Professor Helen Spalding and Serials Cataloging Librarian/Associate Professor Jian Wang visited China, where they renewed a sister library relationship with the Soochow University Library and formed a new partnership with the Nanjing University Library. The Nanjing University is one of the top comprehensive universities in China located in the ancient capital of six dynasties -- Nanjing. The Portland State Library is committed to building community through global engagement.
Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST)
The Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) is a distributed retrospective print journal repository program serving research libraries, college and university libraries, and library consortia in the Western Region of the United States.