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As a member-driven cooperative, OCLC collaborates and consults with members to help shape our shared future. Much of this collaboration occurs in member groups. There are several types of member groups: Advisory Groups, User Groups, Working Groups, Online Communities and Afinity Groups.

Advisory Groups consult with management on the scope and direction of the services OCLC offers. Participation in most Advisory Groups is by invitation, with nominations to serve on the groups coming from self-nominations, from current members of the group, and from OCLC staff working with the group. Please email the group's contact to learn more, or to submit a nomination.

Group Name Purpose Contact(s) Frequency/ Mode of Meeting # of participants
24/7 Reference Advisory Board Review Coop policies and procedures, suggestions and recommendations for Coop administration  Tom Haney  Quarterly Webinar 18
CBS Partners Alignment of CBS strategy and product management with CBS partners  Martin van Muyen Annual two-day meeting hosted by one of the partners 40
Consortium GII Adviesgroep/ GII Advisory Group Advises and reports to the Dutch GII Steering Committee on the agreed, planned and future activities of OCLC with respect to the GII Workplan activities and the Consortium Service Level Agreement for GGC and NCC/IBL  Anneloes Kriek / Daniel van Spanje  Four in-person meetings per year 6
Consortium GII Werkgroep Toegang en Documentlevering / Consortium GII Working group on Access and Document delivery Advises and reports to the Dutch GII Adviesgroep on the agreed, planned and future activities of OCLC with respect to the GII Workplan activities and the Consortium Service Level Agreement for NCC/IBL  Anneloes Kriek / Daniel van Spanje  Two in-person meetings per year 7
DDC Editorial Policy Committee  Advise Dewey editors on matters relating to the development of the classification with an eye to global use  Rebecca Green One in-person meeting per year; one or more virtual meetings per year 10
Strategic Advisory for Digital Repositories  To define and explore the challenges relevant to participants’ digital collections; to help OCLC shape the capabilities of new services to meet those challenges; to articulate the value of these new services in participants’ context; to share participant views of OCLC’s next generation digital repository with the community  Geri Ingram; Taylor Surface Webinars every 6 weeks 15
Tipasa Advisory Group  Provide feedback on future functionality necessary for widespread adoption and transition of ILLiad users to the WorldShare platform  Jennifer Corsi Monthly Webinar; Private Discussion Board 20
VIAF Council  The VIAF Council (VIAFC) is established under the aegis of the VIAF Program. The VIAFC's broad purpose is to provide guidance with respect to the policies, practices, and operation of the VIAF and the VIAF Program  Linda Gabel One in-person meeting per year; quarterly conference call 30
 

User Groups facilitate discussion among users and OCLC staff about specific services. Discussion could include current offerings, future plans and developing needs of the user community. User Groups and meetings are generally open to any users of the service. Please email The Community Development team for information about joining or about upcoming meetings.

Group Name Purpose Frequency/ Mode of Meeting
24/7 Reference Cooperative  Provide a 24/7 chat service to member libraries, staffed by Coop members + OCLC backup librarians; subset of QP User Group  Two in Person meetings (ALA); Listserv; QP Wiki 
Amlib User Group  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and customers using the OCLC library management system Amlib Meetings held in the states of WA, VIC, NSW; typically quarterly for Public libraries and ad hoc for schools 
Bibliotheca User Group To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and German customers using the OCLC library management system BIBLIOTHECA  Annual meeting
Bibliotheca User Group for large Public Libraries  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and German Public Libraries using the OCLC library management system BIBLIOTHECA  Annual meeting 
Bibliotheca User Group for Special Libraries  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and Special Libraries using the OCLC library management system BIBLIOTHECA  Four Annual meetings--2 for academics and 2 for clerical 
CONTENTdm User Group  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among users of CONTENTdm and the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway, and to build trust and communication between these users and OCLC.  Two in-person meetings per year; Virtual meetings; OCLC Community Center 
LBS User Group  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and Dutch customers using the OCLC library management system LBS  One Annual in-person meeting; listserv 
OLIB User Group  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between OCLC and OLIB users  A 2-day user conference once a year in June or July, Webinar series throughout the year 
QuestionPoint User Group  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between OCLC and QuestionPoint subscribers.  Two in-person meetings (ALA); Bi-annual webinars; listserv 
QuestionPoint User Group UK.I  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and UK and Irish academic, national and special library customers using QuestionPoint  One annual in-person meeting; listserv 
Resource Sharing User Group (USA)  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and the Tipasa, ILLiad, WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, WorldCat Navigator and VDX communities  One annual in-person meeting; ALA gatherings; OCLC Community Center 
SunRise User Group  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and all libraries using the OCLC library management system SISIS-SunRise  Two annual in-person meetings (full group); regional subgroups meet additionally once or twice per year 
SunRise User Group (Admins)  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and Technical Administration staff using the OCLC library management system SISIS-SunRise One annual in-person meeting
SunRise User Group (Large Publics)  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and German large Public Libraries using the OCLC library management system SISIS-SunRise Annual meeting
SunRise Usergroup (Berlin-Brandenburg)  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and German customers using the OCLC library management system SISIS-SunRise Annual meeting
SunRise Usergroup (North-Rhine-Westphalia)  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and German customers using the OCLC library management system SISIS-SunRise Annual meeting
SunRise User Group (Switzerland)  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and Swiss customers using the OCLC library management system SISIS-SunRise  Annual meeting (combined with Swiss Bibliotheca user meeting) 
UnityUK User Group  An informal meeting where OCLC present what's coming  Annual virtual meeting 
VDX user group - USA  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and U.S. VDX users  Annual meeting 
VDX User Group - ANZ (VUGANZ)  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and ANZ VDX users  Annual meeting 
VDX User Group - Canada  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas between OCLC and Canadian VDX users  Annual meeting 
WMS Global Community  Provide WMS community opportunity to share best practices, learn more about services & collaborate  Annual meeting; regional gatherings; Virtual meetings; Community Center 
WorldShare Metadata User Group  To encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between OCLC and the group members as related to WorldShare Metadata including WorldShare Record Manager, WorldShare Collection  Community Center; listserv 

Please email the Community Development team for information about joining or about upcoming meetings.

 

Working Groups are a member benefit of the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP). It is the mechanism by which RLP member libraries actively participate with OCLC research initiatives and learning opportunities, helping shape the future direction of the OCLC research agenda. 

These groups can be either of short duration, focusing on a specific topic of interest or research effort, such as the working groups involved in RLP's study of Research Data Management, or ongoing  like the Metadata Managers working group. Contact the staff person listed for more information. Participation in these groups is by invitation extended to staff of RLP member libraries.

For more information on RLP working groups visit their website

 

Online Communities like The OCLC Community Center, are where you can: Connect with community peers. Collaborate, ask questions and gain insight. Contribute and share ideas to improve products and stay on top of and discuss OCLC announcements.

Community Contacts(s) # of participants (as of March 1, 2017)
CONTENTdm Community  Geri Ingram 2,790
EZproxy Community  Susan Musser  4,138
Tipasa  Susan Musser  267
WebJunction Kendra Morgan 15,561
WorldCat Discovery Global Community  Kyle Willis  6,872
WorldShare Acquisitions  Terry Butterworth 5,116
WorldShare Circulation  Terry Butterworth  5,082
WorldShare Collection Manager Community  Kyle Willis  9,004
WorldShare ILL Community  Susan Musser  8,477
WorldShare License Manager Community  Kyle Willis  2,574
WorldShare Record Manager Community  Kyle Willis  8,789
 

Affinity Groups are groups that OCLC participates in. There are a wide array of stand-alone User Groups and gatherings that may or may not be associated with a specific OCLC product or service. We refer to these as "affinity groups." Typically, OCLC does not control the membership or schedules of these groups. Nevertheless it's useful to list them here given their close association with OCLC.

Group Name Purpose OCLC Liaison More Information
AMICAL multinational consortium Pilot and document the use and evaluation of a suite of OCLC products in 22 different countries concentrating on Collection Evaluation, cataloging, Discovery, ILL and CONTENTdm Rosanna Ramacciotti AMICAL multinational consortium
Africana Librarians Council The Africana Librarians Council was founded in 1957 as part of the African Studies Association. It now is an ASA-sponsored organization. Members of ASA who are interested (librarians, archivists or documentalists) working with materials from & about Africa or scholars interested in the preservation of or access to Africana may join the ALC
Cynthia Whitacre Africana Librarians Council
ALI - Academic Libraries of Indiana Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) is an organization representing all academic libraries in accredited non-profit institutions of higher education in Indiana. Included among the 72 ALI members are major research libraries, law and medical libraries, theological school libraries, and many undergraduates libraries Tony Melvyn ALI - Academic Libraries of Indiana
American Association of Law Libraries, Online Bibliographic Services, OCLC Committee The OBS OCLC Committee is open to any OBS member who has an interest in OCLC and its products or services Eric Childress  American Association of Law Libraries, Online Bibliographic Services, OCLC Committee
Association of Jewish Librarians
The Association of Jewish Libraries promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship. The Association fosters access to information, learning, teaching and research relating to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel Cynthia Whitacre Association of Jewish Librarians
IDS Project A unified community of trust and support built around a critical and clearly understood purpose - effective resource sharing Katie Birch IDS Project
Music OCLC User Group
To identify and provide an official means of communication and assistance for those users of the products and services of OCLC concerned with music materials in any area of library service, in pursuit of quality music coverage in these products and services  Jay Weitz Music OCLC User Group
North Carolina ILL group North Carolina ILL group  Tony Melvyn North Carolina ILL group
OCLC CJK Users Group To encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between OCLC and the group members as related to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean matters  David Whitehair  OCLC CJK Users Group
OCLC Iowa user group Sharing OCLC updates and technical services ideas within the community, the state librarian often gives an update on the state library  Joy Murray OCLC Iowa user group
Online Audiovisual Catalogers Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. is an international organization for catalogers concerned with all types of non-print materials, through conferences, workshops, publications, and e-mail lists, catalogers exchange information and enjoy expert & practical advice on cataloging audiovisual materials  Jay Weitz Online Audiovisual Catalogers
SCIPIO Users Group Contributors to and users of the SCIPIO database of art and rare book sales catalogs  Dennis Massie  SCIPIO Users Group