RLG Programs 2007 Annual Partners Meeting: Designing our future

RLG Program Partners met in Washington, DC on Monday, June 4, and Tuesday, June 5, 2007. The meeting focused on the targeted areas of impact that now characterize RLG Programs and its work with OCLC Office of Research.

Dylan Tweney, senior editor for business at Wired News

Tim Burke, associate professor, Department of History, Swarthmore College

Presentation text as a post on Tim's blog, Easily Distracted.

Jim Michalko, vice president, RLG Programs, OCLC

Review of progress since the combination with OCLC in moving services, operations and people into new environments.

Lorcan Dempsey, vice president, OCLC Research

A high-level view of the new RLG Programs work agenda

Shared print panel

Brian Lavoie, OCLC Research
Constance Malpas, RLG Programs
Susan Currie
, Associate Director of University Libraries, Binghamton University

Questions and Discussion

Background: Cultural heritage institutions are grappling with enormous challenges posed by disruptive technologies and dramatically altered user expectations. Their operating traditions and service values, arrived at over many decades, demand reinvention and re-creation. Collectively owned organizations like RLG Programs can provide capacities to support the design of a new desired future.

During the meeting Partners learned about RLG Programs work—things on which you can count as you reengineer—and RLG staff received input on priorities and investments that can transform your operations and services.

Read more about RLG’s evolving work agenda here.

Who participated? All senior staff at RLG partner institutions. Teams from institutions were encourage to attend in order to share experiences, learn from colleagues at other partner institutions, and consider how best to take advantage of a shared and robust capacity to address common issues.

Format: Day 1 was designed to bring partner staff up to date on the combination with OCLC, to lay out our work directions for the next 12 to 18 months, and to encourage discussion and reaction. It included a case study of one of our programs— shared print collections—and brought together perspectives from a program officer, a research scientist, and a member of a partner institution in order to demonstrate the value that will be delivered through the effort. Day 2 was designed to foster more in-depth conversations around specific initiatives in the work agenda, and to create opportunities for direct input on current and future areas of endeavor.

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.