FAQS About the Oberlin Group

What is the Oberlin Group?

The Oberlin Group is a recognized non-profit consortium of liberal arts college libraries for the purpose of sharing information among the directors in a manner that encourages mutual support and collegiality.

Why is it called “The Oberlin Group?”

The name is a result of the location of the first meeting of the group. The late Bill Moffit, library director at Oberlin, spearheaded establishing the group in 1986 following a meeting of 50 liberal arts college presidents who had gathered to discuss science education.

How many members are in the Oberlin Group?

Currently 80 members comprise the group.

How does a library become a member?

Membership is by invitation only. A Membership Task Force has recommended that an application and review process be considered in order to expand the membership.

What are my obligations as a member?

Member libraries are expected to pay their dues (currently $200/year), participate in the statistical and salary surveys, attend the Annual Meeting, respond to listserv queries, and serve as supportive colleagues.

What does the Group do?

First and foremost, it is an arena in which liberal arts college library directors or deans can confidentially and freely discuss concerns and seek collegial advice. Over a number of years members of the group have developed useful management tools and initiatives that help advance the mission of liberal arts college libraries.

How is the Group organized?

The Oberlin Group’s governance model defined within constitution and bylaws defined in 2017 and is guided by the Board of Directors elected from among its members.