Network of Illinois
Learning Resources in
NILRC is one of the oldest community college learning resources cooperatives in the nation. Although it began as a grass roots organization to meet the basic needs of developing learning resources centers at community colleges, it has become a leader in the development and use of a variety of instructional resources and technologies. It was one of the first organizations to foster satellite teleconferencing and satellite delivery of video resource materials. In the early 1980s it developed computerized online circulation control and records management system. The system, known as the Comprehensive Automated Learning Resources System (CALS), was the forerunner of today's commercial online circulation systems and OPACS.
The cooperative is governed by a board of directors representing each member institution. Board members have a variety of backgrounds and responsibilities on their campuses ranging from LRC deans to directors of educational technologies. This diversity enhances the organization, nurtures its projects, and facilitates the exchange of ideas and resources.
Institutions are either "full" or "associate" members. Full members have voting rights in the corporation. Full members attend board meetings and actively serve on standing committees. The corporate office, located in River Forest, Illinois is managed by an executive director.
The organization supports itself in three ways. Membership dues, surcharge fees on group purchases, and investment income provide operational budget income. A flat rate surcharge is placed on all group purchases coordinated by the corporate office. Only those members who participate in given projects pay a surcharge. Investments provide a small amount of operating revenue.
NILRC Mission Statement
The mission of NILRC is to enhance the services provided by post secondary learning resource centers/libraries and alternative delivery programs to their institutions and respective committees.
The commitment to this mission is demonstrated through the pursuit of the following goals:
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All of NILRC’s contract negotiations are membership driven. The membership determines what vendors will be contacted and what databases are offered.
Distance Learning Opportunities
Courses licensed through NILRC: