FutureCast: Shaping Research Libraries in a Networked Age

Wednesday-Friday, 8-10 June 2011
The Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
Washington, D.C.

See the archived Tweets about this event at #FutureCast .

The primary sessions from this event were streamed live. Recordings are available here.

All current OCLC Research Library Partners were invited to join us for an important glance at the future environment that will impact our work: higher education, electronic publishing, and consumer technology. We discussed and collectively forecasted what the impact will be on the research library enterprise. How can we prepare for the future? What do we need to do take us from here to there? The outcomes from this lively gathering will help to guide our future collaborative activity.

Read a synthesis of this meeting by Jim Michalko as well as four meeting summaries by Merrilee Proffitt on hangingtogether.org. You may also view presentation files from the meeting in the agenda below as well as video recordings of the live streamed sessions here.

Agenda

Day 1
Wednesday, 8 June
9:00-5:00 p.m.

Time Event
7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast Buffet

Location: Salon D

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Overview
Jim Michalko, OCLC Research

Location: Salon D

9:45

Looking at Data Consumption
George Oates, Open Library

Location: Salon D

George Oates is the project lead for Open Library, a program of the Internet Archive where she is responsible for the overall site design, project management, grant management, and community development. Previously, she served as the Senior Program Manager for Flickr. While at Flickr, she developed the immensely successful Flickr Commons environment. Oates is also serving as a Research Associate for Smithsonian Institution Libraries. You can find out more about her at abitofgeorge.com.

10:45

Break

Location: West Lobby

11:15

Response Panel

  • Michael Edson, Smithsonian Institution
  • David Seaman, Dartmouth University
  • Titia van der Werf, International Institute of Social History

Location: Salon D

12:00 p.m.

Lunch Buffet

Location: South Gallery / seating in Salon H

1:00

Group Discussions

Location: Salons A, B, C, F

2:30

Break

Location: West Lobby

3:00

Project Briefings from OCLC Research
Project briefings entailed a brief overview of selected activities in each work area, undertaken by and for the Partnership. Session participants were asked to give input to help shape and prioritize future work.

5:00-6:30

Reception

Location: Leavey Esplanade

Day 2
Thursday, 9 June
9:00-5:00 p.m.

Time Event
7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast Buffet

Location: Salon D

9:00 a.m.

The Futures of Publishing
Brian O'Leary, Magellan Media Principals

Location: Salon D

A publishing veteran with 25 years of operational, management and consulting experience, O'Leary is founder and principal of Magellan Media, a management consulting firm that works with publishers seeking support in content operations, benchmarking and financial analysis. In addition to his consulting assignments, O'Leary is the author of a research report on the impact of free content and digital piracy on paid book sales. He also recently presented at the O'Reilly Tools of Change conference. O'Leary blogs at www.magellanmediapartners.com and can be found on Twitter @ brianoleary.

10:00

Response Panel

  • Stephen Bosch, University of Arizona
  • Barbara Dewey, Pennsylvania State University
  • Patricia Steele, University of Maryland

Location: Salon D

10:45

Break

Location: West Lobby

11:00

Group Discussions

Location: Salons A, B, C and F

12:30 p.m.

Lunch Buffet

Location: South Gallery / seating in Salon H

1:30

The Future of Higher Education and the Global University
Ben Wildavsky, Kauffman Foundation

  • Slides (.pptx: 6MB/20 slides)
Location: Salon D

Ben Wildavsky is a senior fellow in research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation. He is author of The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World , winner of the the 2010 Frandson Award for an outstanding work of continuing higher education literature. Before joining the Kauffman Foundation in 2006, Wildavsky was education editor of U.S. News & World Report, where he was the top editor of America's Best Colleges and America's Best Graduate Schools. Wildavsky blogs for the Chronicle of Higher Education's new global edition.

2:30

Response Panel

  • Ray Choate, University of Adelaide
  • Deborah Jakubs, Duke University
  • John MacColl, University of St Andrews
  • Suzanne Thorin, Syracuse University

Location: Salon D

3:15

Break

Location: West Lobby

3:45-5:15

Group Discussions

Location: Salons A, B, C and F

6:00–8:00 p.m.

En tourtainment: Scandal Tour
A group of meeting attendees boarded an air-conditioned bus at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center at 6:00 p.m. for Scandal Tour hosted by John Simmons, the founder of the critically acclaimed comedy troupe, Gross National Product, which has been poking fun at Washington, DC for three decades. This witty and irreverent guided tour of the sites that have made Washington infamous for scandal also included the major monuments and buildings that should be checked off every visitor's list.

Day 3
Friday, 10 June
9:00-12:00 p.m.

Time Event
7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast Buffet

Location: Salon D

9:00 a.m.

Collaboratively Building Web-Scale with Libraries: The Web-Scale Platform
Robin Murray, Vice President, Global Product Management

  • Slides (.pptx: 3MB/33 slides)
Location: Salon D

Robin Murray leads an international team responsible for delivering OCLC's enterprise product strategy. In 1999, Robin was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Fretwell-Downing Informatics, which is now part of OCLC. A thought leader within the information technology arena for more than 15 years, Robin is internationally recognized as an expert in information systems architecture, information integration and digital libraries. Murray talked about OCLC's strategic investment in platform services and gave an inside view of what OCLC has planned for the near-term future.

10:00

Break

Location: West Lobby

10:30

FutureCast: Implications for Libraries
Jim Michalko, OCLC Research

  • View Jim's slides here (Links to external site.)
Location: Salon D

11:15–12:00 p.m.

Comprehensive Discussion

Location: Salon D

12:00 p.m.

Conclude

1:00–3:00 p.m.

After Hours with the OCLC Research Library Partnership

Location: Salon B

Those new to the OCLC Research Library Partnership were invited to join us to discover the best ways to engage with OCLC Research, to share challenges and uncertainties, and to meet others. All were welcome.

Location

The Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC 20057
Telephone: (202) 687-3200

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