Memberships

 

The Temple University Libraries hold institutional memberships in the following organizations. 

 

  • AASLH (American Assoc of State and Local History)  www.aaslh.org  Provides workshop opportunities, guidance,  and publications for  support for public historians and archivists as well as support for PastPerfect software.
  • AccessPA http://database.accesspa.org/   operates a union catalog of Pennsylvania library holdings used for resource sharing and interlibrary loan by academic, school, and public libraries.   Grants by AccessPA enabled partial cataloging of Temple's music holdings.
  • ASALH (Association for the Study of African American Life and History) publisher of the journal Black History Bulletin and provider of academic conferences on the African American experience and historical resources. Our institutional membership enables Temple faculty and staff to present at the ASALH conferences.
  • ARL (Association of Research Libraries) www.arl.org  Temple has been a member since 1962 of this pre-eminent organization of  126  largest research libraries in North America. The Association operates as a forum for the exchange of ideas and as an agent for collective action including educational and development opportunities for staff, reports or research into current best practices, development of assessment instruments, etc. 
  • BioMed Central publishes high impact journals at low cost, with peer review, editorial and distribution processes funded by up-front author subventions rather than by subscription fees.  Temple’s membership underwrites half the cost for Temple affiliated authors to publish in these journals.
  • CAMP (Cooperative Africana Materials Project) is a cooperative international effort to support preservation of  publications and archives in more than fifty sub-Saharan African nations.    Resulting microfilms are available for interlibrary boorwing through Temple's membership in CRL (the Center for Research Libraries). 
  • CCUMC (Consortium of College and University Media Centers) www.ccumc.org provides workshop opportunities, published studies, and expert listserv for media and instructional technology professionals.
  • CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) www.clir.org commissions and publishes authoritative current studies on critical topical issues facing research libraries, primarily in the area of preservation; and funds major preservation grants, training  and access initiatives. 
  • CNI (Coalition for Networked Information). www.cni.org  A joint endeavor of ARL and EDUCAUSE, CNI provides conference and workshop opportunities, published studies, and information policy advocacy. 
  • Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts.   Located in Philadelphia, the CCAHA is one of two premier conservation and preservation services in the US.  Membership supports ongoing research into preservation and conservation techniques and entitles Temple to periodic appraisals and customized plans for object conservation treatment. 
  • CRL (Center for Research Libraries)   is an international consortium of research libraries which purchases and preserves in its Chicgo headquarters newspapers, journals, dissertations and major acrhival sets from outside the United States.  These materials are then made available for interlibrary borrowing at member libraries including Temple.  Temple graduate students and faculty are thus able to use highly specialised realtively rare materials available nowhere else in the US and which Temple could not afford alone.   The CRL online catalog of holdings is at:    http://catalog.crl.edu/.
  • Digital Library Federation (DLF) is an international consortium of libraries and related agencies that are pioneering the use of electronic-information technologies to extend collections and services and develop an international network of digital libraries.  The DLF has played a formative role in establishing technical architectures, and forwarded the development of major tools and standards such as ArtSTOR, Archivists' Toolkit, METS, and OAI.   http://www.diglib.org.
  • DuraSpace   supports the ongoing development of open source technologies, in particular the Fedora modular repository  platform for digital object management,  DSpace repository software, and the DuraCloud hosted preservation storage solution. 
  • EZ-Borrow (see PALCI)
  • Freedom to Read Foundation defends first amendment freedoms to read by underwriting costs for legal and educational actions to defend privacy rights and to defeat attempts to censor reading or undermine intellectual freedom across the United States.    http://www.ftrf.org.
  • Hathi Trust  is a large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries including content digitized as part of the Google Books project as well as locally digitized content.  Hathi holds over 12 million volumes of which 2.7 million are in US public domain.  Records for public domain materials are loaded into Temple's Summon discovery service. 
  • ICPSR  ( Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research) provides access to an extensive collection of downloadable data sets  of interest to social scientists, educators, and health care researchers.  
  • IDS (Interlibrary Delivery Service of PA).  This single purpose consortium negotiates greatly reduced interlibrary delivery rates by UPS (or alternate carrier).    Temple main campus and Harrisburg are members.
  • IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) seeks to promote libraries and librarianship internationally by setting standards, influencing international policies,  and practices.  
  • IUG (Innovative Users' Group - national).  Temple uses as its circulation system and online catalog an online integrated library system sold by Innovative Interfaces.  Membership in the IUG national user group  entitles Temple to discounted training and to vote on system enhancements that will meet Temple's particular needs and interests.
  • LYRASIS  (formerly PALINET)  is a purchasing consortium consisting of more than 2,000 library members primarily on the east cost of the US.   It also offers educational programming and serves as a repository for certain open source software code bases widely used by libraries. 
  • NERL (NorthEast Research Libraries consortium).   A national  electronic resources purchasing consortium of 28 large academic libraries and about 50 affiliates across the US.    NERL has enabled the Temple Libraries to save or redeploy millions of dollars in scarce acquisitions funds over the course of the past two decades. www.nerl.org
  • NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations ) www.ndltd.org  is an international association of university libraries which has promoted the free and open access to graduate theses and dissertations.  It has helped set standards and offers technical advice and a union catalog of digital theses and dissertations.
  • North Philadelphia Arts and Culture Alliance
  • OCLC www.oclc.org  is an international non-profit cooperative of over 29,000 members providing cataloging data, resource sharing (interlibrary lending) , software and data management services for library information management.  OCLC’s Worldcat database includes more than 194 million bibliographic records for items held world-wide.   Temple participates in the OCLC reciprocal faculty borrowing program through which Temple faculty are eligible to borrow materials on-site at other participating libraries while faculty from those institutions may borrow books directly when on site at Temple.   See the list of reciprocal institutions maintained by OCLC.
  • PALCI  (Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium) www.palci.org   Temple is a founding member  of this purchasing, collection archiving,  and interlibrary loan consortium which supports both the regional EZ Borrow interlibrary borrowing system for books and discounted group membership in RAPID for article delivery. 
  • PACSCL (Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries) www.pacscl.org/  provides union catalogs of manuscript and other archival holdings, a community of best practices, and a highly successful cooperative grant-seeking consortium through which Temple has had many archival collections processed.
  • Philagrafika  Philagrafika is a membership organization representing print organizations, museums, galleries, schools, print shops and individual artists from the greater Philadelphia region. The combined resources of this diverse membership provide a strong platform for contemporary art in the region.
  • RAPID  (Rapid Access Processing & Information Delivery)  is a national system for electronic delivery of articles  requested via interlibrary loan which commits members to 24 hour turnaround on requests.  Temple enjoys a membership discount through PALCI.
  • SHARES  Research Libraries Partnership  An OCLC program focusing on resource sharing and improved management of the cultural and scholarly record.  In addition to conducting strategic research and coordinating action on critical issues facing research libraries such as distributed collection archiving and preservation, the Research Libraries Partnership (RLP) program supports the SHARES reciprocal  interlibrary lending and borrowing program through which Temple affiliates can borrow materials, including some special collections materials from other SHARES participant libraries.   At list of participating libraries is available at the SHARES Program site.
  • Sheet Music Consortium http://digital.library.ucla.edu/sheetmusic/  Supported by a major grant from the Institute for Museum and Library  Services, the Consortium seeks to create a union catalog of digitized accessible sheet music through OAI harvesting of metadata.  While not a Consortium member, Temple is committed to harvest of its records for inclusion in the catalog. . 
  • Society of American Archivists (SAA) provides training, professional conferences, discounted publications, and advocacy for North American archives and achivists, and provides leadership in the preservation and access to the cultural and historical records upon which scholars rely. 
  • SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Acad Resources Coalition)  is an international alliance of over 800 libraries seeking to stimulate change in the current profit-driven model of  scholarly communications and  foster experimentation and widespread adoption of new modes of information disseminiation.   The end goal is to increase distribution, reduce barriers for individuals and intsitutions to access information, and reduce financial pressures upon libraries.  Through membership Temple staff are able to attend conferences, learn early of new initiatives and best practices, and influence policy.  
  • TLT Group (Teaching, Learning, and Technology) www.tltgroup.org   The Libraries cosponsor with Temple Computer Services comprehensive institutional membership in this non-profit provider of workshops, certifications, and other professional development opportunities faculty, librarians, and technologists teaching with technology.