The Health Sciences Library is a member of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, often referred to as The Alliance. The Alliance is consortium of sixteen libraries located in Colorado and Wyoming that was founded in 1974 to consider ways of sharing resources. The driving force of the group is cooperation and the sharing of purchasing power, materials, and ideas. The Alliance library directors gather six times a year for Member Council meetings. The September Member Council meeting was held at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO. The Tomlinson Library hosted the meeting and showed off their recent building renovation, including this fantastic outdoor fire pit.
The Health Sciences Library receives numerous benefits from participating in the Alliance. The biggest financial benefit is access to discounted subscription rates for journal packages and other electronic resources. The Alliance also manages the Prospector Union Catalog which gives CU Anschutz faculty, staff and students free access to print materials from over forty academic, public and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming
Since Grand Junction is very close to the border with Utah, during the September Alliance Member Council meeting an additional meeting was arranged with a similar organization in Utah – the Utah Academic Library Consortium. There are many similarities between these two organizations and members are currently discussing options for a joint programming effort around the topic of diversity and inclusion.
If you’d like to know more about the Alliance, contact Melissa De Santis, Director of the Health Sciences Library (firstname.lastname@example.org). For additional information about Prospector, ask staff at the Service Desk or contact the library via AskUs.