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MAR 11

Public Library Association (PLA) Conference 2014

Meet with your OCLC cooperative colleagues at the OCLC booth. Attend our various conference events and presentations.

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If you’re heading to Indianapolis for PLA 2014, plan to join your OCLC colleagues to discover new ways to participate in the OCLC cooperative. Meet with other OCLC members and consult with our team on solutions that will help you serve your public library users more effectively.

OCLC will be in Booth 1331, so please make time to visit!

We have many events planned, including these four that will be held in Room 212 at the Indiana Convention Center. Please use the green 'Register to attend' button to the right to register for these four events.

Dewey Breakfast:
March 13, 7:00–8:15 am
Learn what’s new with Dewey, including DDC 23, Abridged Edition 15 and WebDewey 2.0; and share ideas and notes with your colleagues.  

Launching online special collections using CONTENTdm:
March 13, 1:00–2:00 pm
Join us to learn how to highlight to your library and community through your special collections. Hear what two Indiana libraries have accomplished with OCLC’s CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software. Connie Renfeld, Indiana State Library, and Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library, will share their successes. Ron Gardner, OCLC CONTENTdm Specialist, will provide an overview of CONTENTdm and will facilitate this exciting program.  

"Strengthening CE Content for Libraries” Grant:
March 13, 5:00–6:00 pm
WebJunction and Infopeople are working together to pilot practical models for developing new e-learning content for library staff and to build the skills and capacity of CE providers to rapidly and collaboratively design and deliver content on topics essential to the field. Learn more about this IMLS-funded grant and pick up a copy of the updated 2014 edition of the Competency Index for the Library Field. We’d like to hear your thoughts on this important conversation. Light refreshments will be served.

OCLC Update Lunch:

March 14, 12:00–1:30 pm
Hear Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO, who will host the OCLC Update. Join your colleagues and learn more about OCLC’s latest initiatives in support of public libraries.   


OCLC will present several other programs that are on the PLA schedule—please check there for locations and any registration requirements. Our programs include:

  • We Geek Advocacy: Using Lessons from Turning the Page and Geek the Library—preconference event, March 12, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
  • Go Local with Geek the Library—part of the CONVERSTATION series, March 13, 4:15–5:15 pm
  • Shine the Light: Increasing Your Library’s Visibility Without Increasing Costs, March 14, 2:00–3:15 pm
  • Libraries and the ACA—part of the CONVERSTATION series, March 15, 9:15–10:15 am
  • Learner at the Center: Empowerment or Target? March 15, 10:30–11:00 am
  • What Do Genealogists Really Want from a Public Library? March 15, 10:30–11:30 am


Of course one of the best ways to see OCLC services and to ask questions is to visit OCLC Booth 1331. And, you can enter a drawing for our OCLC gift basket!

We are also pleased to introduce a series of mini ‘meet the expert’ sessions that we’ll hold in Booth 1331—during nonconflict time—that will cover topics that include genealogy and advocacy. Join us:


  • March 13, 9:30–9:45 am, 3:15–3:30 pm
  • March 14, 9:30–9:45 am, 3:15–3:30 pm


  • March 13, 10:00–10:15 am, 4:00–4:15 pm
  • March 14, 10:00–10:15 am

Start Date

11 March 2014

End Date

15 March 2014


Indianapolis, Indiana


Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium