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The recording, slides, chat transcript, archived tweets and links to additional resources from this OCLC Research webinar are available from the links below.

In this webinar, Program Officer Constance Malpas and Research Scientist Brian Lavoie present findings from their report, Print Management at "Mega-scale": a Regional Perspective on Print Book Collections in North America. The report provides insight into the characteristics of a network of regionally consolidated print collections, key relationships across these collections, and their implications for system-wide issues such as information access, mass digitization, resource sharing, and preservation of library resources.

Constance and Brian explain how they utilized urbanist Richard Florida's mega-regions framework and the WorldCat bibliographic database to explore the North American print book resource as a network of regionally consolidated shared collections. The mega-regions framework enables a re-imagining of the "natural boundaries" of collection management, and offers a unique perspective on the new geography of library service provision, in which services and collections are increasingly organized "above the institution." Constance and Brian also discuss some extensions of the mega-regions work, including focused application of the mega-region framework to specific consortia contexts.

Print Management at "Mega-scale": a Regional Perspective on Print Book Collections in North America Webinar Archive Viewing Options

This free webinar was open to all and was also offered as part of the OCLC Collective Insight: Driven by Shared Data Series.

For more information:

Constance Malpas
Program Officer

Brian Lavoie, Ph.D.
Research Scientist

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research


Related links:

Print Management at "Mega-scale": a Regional Perspective on Print Book Collections in North America report overview [link]

OCLC OhioLINK Collection and Circulation Analysis overview [link]

Cloud-sourcing Research Collections: Managing Print in the Mass-digitized Library Environment Report [pdf]

Original research by Richard Florida and colleagues [pdf]

More mega-regions maps [link]

Contance Malpas' bio page [link]

Brian Lavoie's bio page [link]

OCLC Research webinars [link]

OCLC Research webinars in iTunes [link]

OCLC Research YouTube Channel [link]



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