OCLC Research Quarterly Highlights
Issue 9 : Fourth Quarter : April-June 2013
OCLC 754109685 : ISSN 2163-8675


Julianna Barrera-Gomez
Julianna Barrera-Gomez and Ricky Erway
Walk This Way Report Details Steps for Transferring Born-Digital Content from Readable Media

This report presents the assembled wisdom of experienced practitioners to help those with less experience make appropriate choices in gaining control of born-digital content. It contains discrete steps with objectives, links to available tools and software, references and resources for further research and paths to engagement with the digital archives community.

A complete list of OCLC Research publications is available online at: http://www.oclc.org/research/publications.html.

OCLC Researcher Spotlight—Merrilee Proffitt: MOOCs and Libraries

Merrilee Proffitt

Part of what I love about working at OCLC Research is the opportunity to work outside of my area of expertise and learn about new and emerging topics. At the end of last year, I was given such an assignment:  to look at the relationship between MOOCs and libraries and report back. If you’re wondering “What’s a MOOC?” it’s a Massive Open Online Course. In the last 18 months, MOOC providers (such as Coursera, edX, and Udacity) have burst onto the scene partnering with dozens of elite universities worldwide. Love them or hate them, MOOCs are certainly causing a stir in the academic sector. But when you are taking one of the courses offered via a MOOC provider, you might wonder, where is the library? It was my task to find out.

I did what any Program Officer would do—I contacted about 20 institutions in the OCLC Research Library Partnership to see if and how they were engaging with MOOCs. I learned that a handful had engaged with MOOCs, and some (like the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University) were deeply engaged. Others (like Brown University and UC Berkeley) were at the beginning of their journey, while some  were just beginning to wonder if and how they should engage. I also learned, through my colleague Chrystie Hill, that public libraries are also beginning to think about the role they might play in relation to MOOCs. This makes all kind of sense given the public library’s mission to help support a diverse range of educational goals.

So how are libraries connecting with MOOCs?  Libraries are most likely to help with copyright and IP clearance, or to educate faculty and other campus staff around copyright issues. At other institutions, librarians are part of the course design team. In many cases, the course design team is thinking not only about redesigning teaching for a distributed online audience, but for the residential college audience as well. I find it exciting and encouraging that librarians are at the table during these discussions. But I find it worrisome when they are not.

Are MOOCs here to stay? I don’t think so, or at least not in their current form. But I do think that MOOCs may mark the beginning of an era of radical experimentation in online teaching, and I think it’s vital that libraries be part of these early discussions.

Interested in finding out more? Check out the outcomes from our MOOCs and Libraries event, and the series of blog postings I wrote on HangingTogether.org

Merrilee Proffitt is a Senior Program Officer in OCLC Research. Follow her on Twitter at @MerrileeIAm.


Explore the world: find books or other library materials about places with mapFAST Mobile
The new mapFAST mobile lets you search WorldCat.org from your smartphone or mobile browser for materials related to any location and find them in the nearest library.  More...
Wikidata and Authority Control Video Explains How Wikidata Bolstered Authority Control in Wikipedia
Also included as an added bonus is a step-by-step Wikidata tutorial.  More...
First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Report Inspires SAA Jump In Initiative
Building on the OCLC research report,  First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media, the Jump In Initiative is aimed to help archivists take some of those first steps this year.   More...
OCLC Research Library Partnership Welcomes University of Wisconsin-Madison
We were pleased to welcome the University of Wisconsin-Madison to the OCLC Research Library Partnership!  More...
MOOCs and Libraries Event Summarized in Series of Six Hangingtogether.org Blog Posts
The "MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge?" event on 18-19 March featured thoughtful and provocative presentations about how libraries are getting involved with MOOCs. The event was summarized in six blog posts on hangingtogether.org. In addition, 11 videos of the event sessions, as well as the presenters' slides, the next steps document, the MOOCs online poll responses and the #mooclib archived tweets from this event are also available on the MOOCs and Libraries event page.  More...
Innovation Lab's WorldCat Live! API Enables Developers to incorporate Live WorldCat Data
The WorldCat Live! API provides a real-time stream of newly added records of library collections and published materials to WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources.  More...
A complete list of OCLC Research news items is available online at: http://www.oclc.org/research/news.html.

Events, Webcasts and Presentations

OCLC Research at ALA Annual
OCLC Research staff  hosted, moderated or presented at 12 sessions at ALA Annual in Chicago, including the OCLC Research Update on Monday, 1 July from 10:30-11:30 a.m.   More...
How to Read Millions of Books Presentation by Jean-Baptiste Michel
In this OCLC Research Distinguished Seminar Series presentation, Jean-Baptiste Michel discussed how his work in Culturomics led to the creation of the Google Ngram Viewer.   More....
University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Strategic Planning Presentation by Jim Michalko
Jim’s" "Reconfigured and Unbundled: The Research University and Its Library—Trends, Influences, and External Factors” presentation addressed the external factors and influences, as well as the opportunities facing higher education, public research universities, and their associated research libraries.  More....
OCLC Research Briefing at UNC Chapel Hill
The public was invited to attend this free event featuring presentations by UNC Chapel Hill Professor of Sociology Dr. Charles Kurzman and OCLC Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway.  More...
OCLC Research Library Partnership Past Forward Meeting
Exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, this meeting covered topics related to managing special collections in the 21st century. More...
ArchiveGrid and Related Work Webinar
This webinar provided an update about ArchiveGrid, a collection of nearly two million archival material descriptions that is now freely available from OCLC Research, as well as related work.   More...
NASIG Webinar by Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway
In this webinar, Lynn presented “Working Outside of the Library: ‘With Google you are not limited. You have as much as you can pull up.’"  More...
Managing Research Data--from Goals to Reality Webinar
Exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, this webinar provided examples of how colleagues are managing research data—the raw output of research investigations, not the resulting reports.   More...
Transformation of the Academic Library Presentation by Kurt DeBelder
In this OCLC Research Distinguished Seminar Series presentation, Kurt De Belder explored the necessary changes that need to be made for the library to remain an effective and relevant partner in research and teaching.  More...
OCLC Research Library Partnership Roundtable at ARLIS/NA
This meeting provided an opportunity for staff from OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions to hear about and influence OCLC Research plans and priorities and to explore challenges that require collaborative solutions.  More...
THETA Australasia 2013 Conference Keynote Presentation by Lorcan Dempsey
Lorcan’s "Rightscaling, Engagement, Learning" presentation describes the three important challenges libraries face in the changing network environment.  More...
OCLC Research Library Partnership Briefings at UC Irvine and UCLA
Exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, these briefings provided an overview of our activities, our major thematic areas, SHARES, and ways to engage effectively in the Partnership. More...
A complete list of OCLC Research events is available online at: http://www.oclc.org/research/events.html.

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MARC Usage in WorldCat—This project studies the use of MARC tags and subfields in WorldCat and produces outputs to inform decisions about where we go from here.

mapFAST—Available on the web and as an Android app in the Google Play store, mapFAST is a Google Maps mashup that provides map-based access to bibliographic records using FAST geographic authorities. It lets users search WorldCat.org from their smartphones or mobile browsers for materials related to any location and find them in the nearest library.

WorldCat Live! The Innovation Lab's WorldCat Live! API provides a real-time stream of newly added records of library collections and published materials to WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. The Visualization Interface provides interactive visualizations of WorldCat Live! API data for geographic, language, and formats.

WorldCat Cookbook Finder Cookbook Finder is an experimental, works-based application that provides access to thousands of cookbooks and other works about food and nutrition described in library records.

Looking Beyond the Quarter...

MOOCs and Libraries: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
This event focuses on the challenges that MOOCs pose to the traditional delivery of library services, and the opportunities they offer for libraries to rethink and revitalize their proposition.   More...
Best of Show 2013: An OCLC Virtual Conference
Five OCLC Research staff give live encore presentations during this two-day online event that brings together librarians from all over the world.   More...
A complete list of OCLC Research events is available online at: http://www.oclc.org/research/events.html.


Advancing the Research Mission

Changes in Scholarly Communication

Mobilizing Unique Materials

Demystifying Born Digital

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