Message from Lorcan Dempsey
This is the first installment
of The OCLC Research Quarterly Highlights, a
periodic bulletin about OCLC Research. It will provide
highlights of the previous quarter's research work,
including reports from the Innovation Lab, the OCLC
Research Library Partnership, and the occasional look at
emerging items. The emphasis will be on collecting and
summarizing items of significance for your attention,
with links to more complete discussions elsewhere on the
OCLC Research Web site.
OCLC Research has been a part of OCLC from near the
beginning. It has always had a dual role, as a shared
resource for the OCLC membership and as an internal
consultancy and advanced development group. In the
former role it seeks to advance the state of the art of
relevant technologies. It has had a historic specialty
in metadata and knowledge organization which remains
strong and is visible here in discussion of the Virtual
International Authority File alongside other work. The
range of its interests is much wider, though, as
represented in the themes around which our work is
organized. These are outlined in the Activities section
below, and treated in detail on our Web site.
The Innovation Lab continues the internal role,
providing a space in which to explore technical and
service challenges and develop new approaches. We also
contribute technologies and data to OCLC services and
products, as in WorldCat Identities and Genres for
This period marks the transition of the RLG Partnership
to the OCLC Research Library Partnership and we have
been very encouraged as libraries have chosen to
affiliate to work with us on our collective future.
OCLC Research represents one of the largest
organizations in the world dedicated to thinking about
library technologies and futures. Its approach is
consistent with the overall OCLC approach: to provide
shared capacity for libraries and a framework through
which they can address shared issues.
Please let us know what you think of this publication,
or get in touch with me or any of my colleagues if you
would like to discuss our work.
is Vice President, OCLC Research, and Chief Strategist
Connaway, Timothy J. Dickey, and Marie L. Radford
It is Too Inconvenient, I'm Not Going After It:"
Convenience as a Critical Factor in
The authors explore empirical
evidence for convenience as a critical factor in
information seeking, using data from two IMLS-funded
user studies. (6 June 2011)
complete list of OCLC Research publications is available
online at: http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/.