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  • Are We Reconfigured Yet? US Research Libraries – Priorities, Trends, Directions
FEB 14

Are We Reconfigured Yet? US Research Libraries – Priorities, Trends, Directions

Exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, this webinar provides a synthesis of the priorities and trends affecting US research libraries in the twenty-first century and the directions they are taking.

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Speaker
Jim Michalko
Vice President, OCLC Research Library Partnership

Description

In this webinar, OCLC Research Library Partnership Vice President Jim Michalko shares a synthesis of the priorities and trends affecting US research libraries in the twenty-first century, the directions they are taking, and the ways in which OCLC Research seeks to respond to these concerns and advance the desired directions. This synthesis is based on a series of interviews that Jim conducted with the senior staff at more than 65 OCLC Research Library Partner institutions, as well as surveys by OCLC staff and visits to institutions by OCLC field staff. Jim observed a surprisingly strong convergence of concern around a small number of issues despite differences in library size, constituencies, funding and geography. This suggests that a new pattern of investment has begun that will result in a new portfolio of library services. The exact service offerings vary from institution to institution as they take shape through close attention to and engagement with the local institutional mission and the needs of the local constituency.

OCLC Research Library Partners who attended this webinar were invited to suggest specific areas in which OCLC Research could usefully devote effort to this shared problem space.

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*Please note: due to time constraints we weren't able to address the final slide in this presentation during the webinar, but we've included it here because it indicates how OCLC Research activities align with the top concerns discussed.

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