The mission of OCLC Research is to expand knowledge that advances OCLC’s public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. We are one of the world's leading centers devoted exclusively to this type of work. Since 1978, we have carried out research and made technological advances that enhance the value of library services and improve the productivity of librarians and library users.
To meet these goals, OCLC Research is organized around three roles:
- To act as a community resource for shared Research and Development (R&D)
- To provide advanced development and technical support within OCLC itself
- To enhance OCLC's engagement with members and to mobilize the community around shared concerns.
This report pulls together our 2011 work in these three areas.
"We are pleased to provide this activity report to those interested in the work of OCLC Research. It provides highlights of our work, focusing on 2011. The purpose is to dive more deeply into our work, to provide a flavor of important themes, and to point to sources of further information," said Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist, in the preface to the report.
OCLC Research: 2011 Activity Report