The MBLWHOI Library's leadership goes beyond Woods Hole as:
- a founding member of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a consortium of 12 museums and libraries that cooperate to digitize and make available the legacy literature of biodiversity;
- a founding member of the groundbreaking virtual Bioscience Consortium, which includes the American Museum of Natural History, Rockefeller University, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and New York Botanical Garden;
- an active contributing member of the Boston Library Consortium, which provides consortia ownership of databases and journals, as well as developing and implementing standards and practices for research libraries in the New England region;
- a founding member of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC), a worldwide organization of large and small marine science insitutions committed to resource and information sharing.
The MBLWHOI Library, in collaboration with the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE), have established standards for data publication that address the issues of data provenance, attribution, citation and accessibility. These standards are being shared and adopted within the marine science community SCOR/IODE/MBL WHOI Workshop on Data Citation. The MBLWHOI Library is particularly focused on data associated with published articles.
The Library is also addressing the issue of access to data through the development of tools to improve searching, application implementation, integration and visualization. These tools enhance and improve access to data for domain experts as well as citizen scientists.
The MBLWHOI Library also collaborates with the Center for Biology and Society at Arizona State University on topics related to the History and Philosophy of Science. The MBL-ASU History of Biology Seminar, an annual week-long workshop, has covered topics including cell biology, embryology, evolution, and scientific theory for over 25 years. Starting in 2011, informatics workshops have been offered to introduce researchers to informatics topics and skills necessary to move their research into the digital age. A topic-specific repository and encyclopedia, the Embryo Project, has clearly shown the value of digital repositories and their ability to facilitate and store new knowledge.
Work with the National Library of Medicine includes a week-long survey course in Woods Hole offered twice per year directed at medical educators, medical librarians, medical administrators, and young faculty who are not currently knowledgeable about biomedical informatics but who can become agents of change in their institutions.