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OCLC Member Services team launches new online community for "Good Practices"

In October 2010, OCLC’s U.S.-based Member Services team kicked off a new event series, Good Practices for Great Outcomes: Cataloging Efficiencies that Make a Difference. These in-person meetings are designed to highlight practical approaches and ideas that increase efficiency. Each features several member librarians, who discuss workflow changes and tools like WorldCat Cataloging Partners. These member librarians also share how their approach to getting work done has changed. To date, numerous member panelists and keynote speakers have provided a significant array of ideas, tips and advice.

We have just launched a new online portal for Good Practices for Great Outcomes that showcases video and slide presentations from previous events and provides announcements about future events. In addition to these resources, we also highlight our new blog and live Twitter feed, featuring ideas and recommendations contributed by members of the cooperative.

These face-to-face meetings generate many valuable ideas and discussions, and we are excited to expand access to these resources by way of our new virtual community. We invite you to view videos from past events, such as:

We also invite you to follow us on Twitter at @OCLCMemServ and join in the #goodgreatcat conversation. We hope that you take full advantage of all of these community resources—and don't forget to pass them on to your colleagues.

These meetings have taken place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the University of Washington/Seattle along with Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon (via simulcast), D.C. Public Library and Florida Southern College. The Member Services team has also presented these events at several venues in California, including the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose, and during the ALA Midwinter Conference in San Diego. The meetings are free for OCLC members to attend, thanks to the generosity of our library co-hosts.

We hope to meet you online—or in-person—at one of our upcoming events in the near future!

—Chris Martire
Director, OCLC Member Services