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Join us for OCLC events at PLA 2016

There are a lot of exciting things happening at your OCLC cooperative, as together we work to make breakthroughs possible. We invite you to join us at PLA to learn more about OCLC initiatives and to connect with fellow members. Please join us at our programs and events, and visit us at OCLC booth 1513.

When registering, please check the corresponding boxes on the form below for the events you are planning to attend. After you submit your registration, you will receive an email confirming your selections. If you have any questions or special needs, please contact OCLC. Please note that these events are open to PLA Conference registrants.

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Wednesday, April 6

OCLC Update Lunch: What Patrons Want—from Data to Impact

How can we design library services that attract potential users and build lasting relationships? That is the question that Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD, considers in her recent compilation, The Library in the Life of the User: Engaging with People Where They Live and Learn. Join OCLC President and CEO Skip Prichard and Lynn as they discuss key learnings from more than a decade of Lynn’s work studying people's information-seeking behaviors. Lynn will present her findings and some simple recommendations on how these data can help libraries design more user-centric services. Lunch will be provided. Please note any dietary restrictions in the comments field at the end of this form.

Wednesday, 6 April, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
NEW LOCATION: Colorado Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom 1

Thursday, April 7

Dewey Breakfast

Learn what's new with Dewey Services as OCLC’s Libbie Crawford discusses:

  • Best practices for Dewey number assignment
  • WebDewey features that support BISAC and segmentation for Dewey Abridged numbers
  • EPC decisions related to 3D printing, Native American topics and more

Plus, hear how you can get a copy of a Dewey Print Edition at a reduced price.

Thursday, 7 April, 8:00 - 9:00 am
Embassy Suites Denver Downtown at the Convention Center, Crestone B Room

Virtual Reference Roundtable – Creating Patron Breakthroughs

Join us for a discussion on best practices and real-life experiences in virtual reference. Learn how OCLC helps libraries provide chat 24 hours per day, seven days per week and share tips for helping patrons, staffing and creative virtual reference ideas. 

Thursday, 7 April, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Embassy Suites Denver Downtown at the Convention Center, Crestone B Room

Developing Success with Digital Collections

Are you thinking about adding a digital collection management tool to your library or considering a replacement for your current system? Join your colleagues to learn about CONTENTdm. Hear how other public libraries are using CONTENTdm to engage users, promote digital collections and extend their libraries' reach with CONTENTdm. Then plan to stay for a reception that follows the session from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

Learn more about what CONTENTdm can offer your library:

  • Hear how CONTENTdm makes it easier to manage your digital collections and makes them discoverable on the Web
  • Discover the benefits of CONTENTdm and see examples of how current libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage institutions are using the service.

Thursday, 7 April, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Embassy Suites Denver Downtown at the Convention Center, Crestone B Room

Tracing your roots? Plan a visit to the OCLC Booth #1513 for a guided demonstration on using WorldCat as a tool for genealogy research.

Join Bill Forgette, OCLC Library Technology Consultant, during one of the Exhibits Coffee Breaks—no registration is necessary—stop by for a 10-minute demo:

  • Thursday, April 7, 9:45–10:15 am and 3:15–3:45 pm
  • Friday, April 8, 9:45–10:15 am
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