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The Five Colleges of Ohio began more than twenty-five years ago when the libraries came together around shared systems and needs. Since then, the libraries have been collaborating on systems, grants, and projects; developing professional networks based on mutual interests; sharing expertise amongst themselves and with their patrons; and leveraging these efforts to reduce costs and improve the quality of services they provide to their campuses.

All along this journey, the Library Systems staff of the Five Colleges have worked to identify opportunities to collaborate and improve services and facilitate, support, and lead those efforts. Library Systems staff administer systems and applications; manage and migrate data and records; negotiate contracts; handle invoicing and budgets; and coordinate and lead collaborations, via permanent subcommittees or project-based task forces composed of library staff from across the colleges.

Library Systems also work closely with the library directors on strategic planning, budgeting, and critical topics such as assessment, campus communications, and professional development. They facilitate monthly Library Committee meetings and plan and coordinate the annual Library Retreat for the directors.


The Ohio Five Libraries have had a number of longstanding subcommittees organized around different areas of librarianship. The purpose of these groups is to advance consortial initiatives in their respective areas and to provide a vital professional development resource for their members.

To learn how subcommittees are approved and to view current subcommittee charges, follow these links: