Going online in August of 1998, the Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL) consortium offers more than 2 million titles and 4 million individual items to the patrons of 24 Ohio academic libraries. All OPAL members are also members of OhioLINK, a statewide initiative offering a shared union database and the reciprocal borrowing of over 46 million items among 121 libraries in the state.
To strengthen and promote member libraries through financially responsible collaboration and innovation.
We work together to provide and develop services that respond to identified user needs through a shared online catalog, ongoing strategic planning, collaborative work in OPAL groups and communities of interests, staff development and training, cooperative purchasing opportunities to enrich collections, quality cost-effective innovations in technology, and end user resource sharing.
Each member library of the Ohio Private Academic Libraries is represented by its director on the Directors' Council. The Directors' Council is the decision-making body with full authority in all matters concerning policies, procedures, and the business of OPAL.
The Executive Committee includes officers elected by the Directors' Council and superintends the implementation of the strategic plan, makes recommendations to the Directors’ Council, and generally oversees the affairs of the Directors’ Council between its business meetings.
Communities of Interest offer opportunities for staff at member libraries to network, collaborate on projects, and to share knowledge on topics of interest important to private academic libraries and the consortium.
Task Forces may be appointed from time to time by the Directors’ Council, who will also designate the Task Force Chair. Each Task Force selects other officers as needed, meets as needed, and shall exist for a designated period of time or until the task is completed. Task Forces submit reports to the Executive Committee and then the Directors’ Council.