Convene an Event for Sharing and Discussing User Studies project

By bringing together partners with experience or interest in conducting studies of what information seekers want, when and how they want it, and the implications for library collections and services, we will develop community views of where effort should be invested, of how meaningful sharing of outcomes can occur, and of how those outcomes can influence other institutional and network change, and identify possible ways for libraries and OCLC to integrate services and collections into the larger academic context.

Related work

In addition, several OCLC Research projects help address these issues.

Surveys, interviews, structured observations and usability tests have been conducted, the data have been analyzed, and the results have been disseminated through papers and presentations.

Continuous investigation of users’ behaviors associated with library systems and collection use will help libraries and OCLC develop and integrate services to retain current library users and to attract new library users.

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.