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Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale: October 15 at Free Library of Philadelphia

Graphic: Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale  

October 15, 2010
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free Library of Philadelphia
Free and open to all; lunch will be provided

Libraries have been cooperating on cataloging, collection management and resource sharing services for decades. In that time, we have enjoyed the benefits of networked services—no local software or hardware, elimination of maintenance and support costs, lower overall expense and better scalability.

Now, Web scale offers libraries the chance to revitalize traditional services by sharing workflows, activities, data and standards as part of a cooperative.

To help our members better understand how Web scale is changing the face of cooperative library services, OCLC and LYRASIS are presenting a series of free, regionally based events. Additional in-person events will occur throughout the year, along with related webinars, virtual discussions and more. View more dates and learn more about this series.

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View presentations from this event:

  • OCLC Web-scale Management Services: Building the Future [PDF, 42 slides]
    Matt Goldner, Product and Technology Advocate, OCLC

Graphic: Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale


9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
Russell Palmer, LYRASIS
9:15 - 10:15

Towards a Global Library Cloud
Rachel Frick, Director, Digital Library Federation Program, Council on Library and Information Resources

Cloud storage, cloud-based computer resources and other networked library services provide unprecedented opportunities for libraries to collaborate, share resources, and to contribute local talent and expertise towards a broader community benefit. This presentation will examine the concept of the networked library and how it transforms library business operations, service offerings, and most of all, the organization, deployment, and development its personnel capital. Libraries are no longer a series of one to one, linear relationships, upon whose value is based on metrics composed of resources, transactions, and expenditures. In order to become truly transformed 21st century organizations, libraries need to be thoughtful and intentional about the connections they make, the communities they engage and support, and how they contribute to their home institution's health and value by being a vested contributor to the whole of the library networked community. The value of the 21st library is based on how it links its users to relevant resources, tools, and communities, combined with its support of knowledge creation, teaching and learning. Libraries need to engage their communities based on an agile ability to create on demand resources and services which are built through group contributions within the global library community. Libraries that take advantage and truly understand “network effect” or better yet those who develop software and services that engage crowd/community-sourced opportunities will become hubs of expertise in the ever increasing social network of scholarship.

10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:30

OCLC Web-scale Management Services
Matt Goldner, Product and Technology Advocate, OCLC

Cloud computing is a new technology model for IT services which many businesses and organizations are adopting. It allows them to avoid locally hosting multiple servers and equipment and constantly dealing with hardware failure, software installs, upgrades and compatibility issues. For many organizations, cloud computing can simplify processes and save time and money. Matt will discuss how cloud computing solutions could be beneficial to libraries in three basic areas: technology, data and community going into some depth about OCLC's Web-scale Management Service.

11:30 - Noon

Group Activity I: Integrating Cloud Computing Tools into Existing Workflows
Facilitators: Russell Palmer and Rachel Frick

Noon - 1:00 Lunch (on site)
Group activity I will continue during lunch.
1:00 - 1:30 Group Activity I Reports and Discussion
1:30 - 2:30 Group Activity II: Working Together—Applying Web-scale Technology to our Libraries’ Challenges
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 3:30 Group Activity II Reports and Discussion
3:30 - 4:15 Discussion: Impact of OCLC Web-scale Management Services on Workflow
4:15 - 4:30 Wrap up



About the Speakers:

Rachel Frick

Rachel Frick is the Director of the Digital Library Federation Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources(CLIR/DLF). She comes to CLIR from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), where she was senior program officer for the National Leadership Grants Program for Libraries. Prior to IMLS, Ms. Frick's library experiences range from being the head of bibliographic access and digital services at the University of Richmond to a regional sales manager for the Faxon Company, with a variety of library positions in between. She holds an MSLS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in English literature from Guilford College.  

Matt Goldner

Matt Goldner joined OCLC in October 2004 and is currently the Product and Technology Advocate for the library community. He graduated with an MSLS from the University of Kentucky in 1978 and an MA in religion from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1980. Prior to joining OCLC, Matt worked for Fretwell-Downing Informatics (FDI) for four years and Geac Computers for seven years. In both companies, he was involved with increasing levels of responsibility for product direction and creation. Matt was involved in the early days of automation—first using the OCLC cataloging system, and later writing a grant to create the first COM-Cat for the BL Fisher Library.

Russell Palmer

Russell Palmer is a Professional Development Librarian at LYRASIS. He writes, teaches and speaks on a wide range of topics, including resource sharing, reference and information services, collection development and information literacy. Russell often works with library members with specific challenges, from effectively scheduling staff and resources to easy document sharing with remote users. Russell is very experienced with providing training and consulting using OCLC products and services, including OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing, ILLiad and OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis. Additionally, Russell effectively applies his practical knowledge of Web-scale tools through fast, reasonable and accessible solutions. Russell previously worked as Instruction and Outreach Coordinator at Mercer University. He earned his MLIS at Florida State University, and his AB in English at the University of Georgia.