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Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale: March 29 at Iowa Public Library, Iowa City

Move from server serfdom to the cooperative cloud

Everyone seems to be throwing around phrases like, "in the cloud," or "paradigm shifts of Web-scale proportion." But do you have the knowledge to formulate how you will elevate your library's critical services—including acquisition, circulation and license management—to the cooperative cloud?

To help you get the knowledge you need, OCLC and LYRASIS have partnered to present Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale. Many members joined us on March 29 at the Iowa City Public Library in Iowa City to discover how Web scale is revitalizing traditional services through shared workflows, activities and data. Participants built a community of support while planning their library's first steps toward Web scale.

View presentations from this event:

  • Managing Your Library, Not Your Technology  [PDF, 40 slides]
    Matt Goldner, Product and Technology Advocate, OCLC


Event Details

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Central

Iowa City Public Library
123 S. Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

Graphic: Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale

"We have a lot of good things that librarians could do if we could free up their time. Moving our ILS to the cloud fit our overall technology goals. With WMS, system costs will drop significantly. Like "getting another FTE" significantly. We're going to save a lot of staff time."

—Michael Dula, Director for Digital Initiatives and Technology Strategy, Pepperdine University Libraries


10:00–10:15 Welcome and Introductions
Russell Palmer, LYRASIS
10:15–10:30 Cloud Computing Q&A Activity
Russell Palmer, LYRASIS

Manage Your Library, Not Your Technology
Matt Goldner, OCLC

Video Feature: Early Adopters Discuss OCLC Web Scale Management Services


OCLC Web-scale Management Services Demonstration
Matt Goldner, OCLC

12:15–1:00 Lunch/Group Discussions

Web-scale Management Services Data Readiness Activities
Russell Palmer, LYRASIS

2:00–2:45 Q&A/Summary
Matt Goldner, OCLC
2:45–3:00 Early Adopter: Mount Mercy University
Marilyn Murphy, Director of Library Services, Mount Mercy University, will discuss what led to their decision to move to OCLC Web-scale Management Services. She will also provide an update on their migration.


About the Speakers:

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.