Collective Insight: Driven by Shared Data

An OCLC series applying collaborative thinking to the work of libraries

Past Presentations and Resources in this Series

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5 June 2013 | "Collective Insight: Driven by Shared Data"
MOBIUS Annual Conference, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, MO

In recent years organizations have begun using data in new and exciting ways. Phrases like “linked data,” “big data” and “data visualization” have permeated these discussions, signaling a broader trend toward data-driven insight and integration of libraries into the wider Web. Data is increasingly an essential driver of success throughout the library. How can we share and use data within the library community and the information industry to gain greater insight into our collections, patrons, and resources? How do we utilize this data to reach out to our users on the Web? Heather Lea Moulaison, Assistant Professor, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, Felicity Dykas, Head of Cataloging, University of Missouri Libraries, and OCLC Member Services Consultants Eric Forte and Meryl Cinnamon presented on opportunities in areas such as linked library metadata, data for patron discovery of resources, and data to inform library collecting.

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31 May 2013 | "Collective Insight: Driven by Shared Data"
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

This Collective Insight event showcased the break-through opportunities and operational challenges of turning data into powerful analyses and purposeful action for academic libraries and the campuses they serve. Participants explored how shared user, usage and collections data are changing academic libraries.

This event featured keynote speaker, Northwestern Professor Larry Birnbaum, who shared his experience in translating data into meaningful stories, and how big data can lead to greater insight. Local academic librarians Dave Green, Deborah Blecic and Kim Armstrong also discussed how they deploy shared library data: understand user behaviors through the ERIAL project; analyze the wealth of usage data to guide collecting and purchase electronic resources; and inform CIC’s work on shared print repositories.

Dorothea Salo from the University of Wisconsin–Madison gave the closing keynote on big data in libraries—how librarians collect and share it and what skills and tools are needed to use it.

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18 April 2013 |"Collective Insight—Driven by Shared Data"
44th Annual Colorado ILL Conference, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Event

In recent years organizations have begun utilizing data in new and exciting ways. Phrases like "linked data," "big data" and "data visualization" have permeated these discussions, signaling a broader trend toward data-driven insight and integration of libraries into the wider Web. Data is an essential driver of success. What do we know about our collections and resources, who uses them, and how? In this session, Eric Forte, OCLC Member Services Consultant, discussed how we share and use data within the library community and the information industry to gain greater insight, and how we utilize this data to reach out our users on the Web.

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10 April 2013 |"Clear Pictures from Complex Data"
OCLC Symposium at ACRL, Indianapolis, Indiana
Event, Live-streaming Video

Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries at the University of Wyoming, and OCLC Board of Trustees member, welcomed in-person and virtual participants to this event. Keynote speaker Noah Iliinsky, Visualization Expert at IBM's Center for Advanced Visualization, co-author of Designing Data Visualizations and editor/contributor to Beautiful Visualization from O’Reilly Media, presented "Four Pillars of Data Visualization." Then Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of Libraries at University of Kansas, and Cathy De Rosa, OCLC Vice President for the Americas and Global Vice President of Marketing, provided a summary of findings from the cooperative's forthcoming report, "Parents, Alumni and Libraries: What our customers really believe about the library."

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14 March 2013 | OCLC Research on "Print Management at 'Mega-scale': a Regional Perspective on Print Book Collections in North America"
Webinar

In this webinar, Brian Lavoie and Constance Malpas explained how they utilized urbanist Richard Florida's mega-regions framework and the WorldCat bibliographic database to explore the North American print book resource as a network of regionally consolidated shared collections. In addition, they provided examples of how they are applying this framework to specific consortia contexts.

Outputs from the webinar are now available, including:

Webinar recording

Webinar slides

 

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22 February 2013 | Collective Insight: Driven by Shared Data
Webinar

This live online event featured Ted Fons, Executive Director, WorldCat Global Metadata, and Kathryn Harnish, Director, WorldShare Network Experience. Ted and Kathryn led an interactive discussion of key elements of Alistair Croll's recent OCLC Symposium keynote address. Participants brainstormed how libraries can collectively use shared data to gain greater insight and strengthen the services libraries provide.

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19 February 2013 | Collective Insight: Driven by Shared Data
Webinar

This live online event featured Ted Fons, Executive Director, WorldCat Global Metadata, and Kathryn Harnish, Director, WorldShare Network Experience. Ted and Kathryn led an interactive discussion of key elements of Alistair Croll's recent OCLC Symposium keynote address. Participants brainstormed how libraries can collectively use shared data to gain greater insight and strengthen the services libraries provide.

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25 January 2013 | Seattle, Washington
Americas Member Meeting and Symposium at ALA Midwinter

Alistair Croll, "Implications and Opportunities of Big Data"

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Related Past Presentations

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27 February 2013 | Collection Analytics: Using Data to Drive Decisions
Webinar

Library collections are significant investments and having detailed information about their composition and use is key to assuring a return on those investments. Join us for a live, one-hour Web session that explores how University of Oregon Libraries makes effective decisions about deselection and shared print with the power of WorldCat data.

Dave Fowler, Head of Licensing, Grants Administration & Collection Analysis, will describe what steps his staff has taken to solve analytics problems, and how he thinks the approach will change in the future with new analytics tools like WorldShare Analytics. Kathryn Harnish, Director, WorldShare Network Experience, will talk about how libraries can curate, expose and optimize WorldCat data for analytics. There will be time for questions following the presentation.

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