About LOUIS

LOUIS is a library consortium widely recognized as a model for cost-effective collaboration in higher education. We work to ensure equitable access to resources, services, and technologies by maximizing purchasing power and sharing expertise.

LOUIS is a consortium of public and private college and university libraries in the state of Louisiana. This partnership was formed in 1992 by the library deans and directors at these institutions, in order to create a cost-effective collaboration among the institutions for the procurement of library technology and resources. We are currently forty-seven members strong.

We implement intuitive, robust technologies that allows our members to successfully conduct and manage vital library operations; provides library users the means to discover integrated scholarly resources; ensures valuable library resources and services are available to the library's authorized users, anywhere, anytime; and enhances our members’ collections by enabling reciprocal lending and borrowing within the state, and globally.

We support the technology and resources secured by our members through LOUIS by providing solutions and customizing services. We maximize the purchasing power of our members by negotiating lower prices. We provide professional development opportunities to ensure our members get the most benefit from the technology and resources purchased.

We foster communities to provide our members a space in which to share, learn, teach, and question. Each community is set up specifically for groups with common interests and goals to encourage dialog and communication. Communication is paramount to success, and these communities have contributed greatly to our success through the sharing of expertise and ideas.

Mission

LOUIS' mission, under the guidance of the LOUIS Executive Board, is to provide library automation services, access to and delivery of electronic information, and training opportunities for library staff. LOUIS promotes cooperation and communication among multi-type libraries, researches and implements new information technologies, and maximizes the purchasing power of Louisiana academic libraries.

LOUIS Strives To:

  • Ensure that Louisiana's academic libraries are the premier source for authoritative information to support the research, teaching, and learning needs of their communities;
  • Foster an environment of communication, cooperation, and collaboration within the state;
  • Identify, evaluate, and implement intuitive, robust technologies;
  • Be a leader in providing library information services and a model of collaboration.

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