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Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition (2003)

2003 Environmental Scan

The 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition report was produced for OCLC’s worldwide membership to examine the significant issues and trends impacting OCLC, libraries, museums, archives and other allied organizations, both now and in the future. The scan provides a high-level view of the information landscape, intended both to inform and stimulate discussion about future strategic directions.

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OCLC Symposium ALA Midwinter 2005

"Gaming and the Significance for Information Literacy"

An examination of how young people's social interaction and technology skills have created a seamless sphere fusing work, play and information. Recorded at the January 2005 American Library Association Midwinter convention in Boston, Mass.


  • George Needham, Vice President, Members Services, OCLC
  • Kurt Squire, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Constance Steinkuehler, Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Marilyn Mason, Program Director for WebJunction
  • Migell Acosta, Principal Librarian for Information Management, Santa Monica Public Library
  • John C. Beck, President of North Star Leadership Group

OCLC Symposium ALA 2004

"Beyond the Horizon: Environmental Trends in Context"

The Environmental Scan report is a launching point for discussion of technological and social trends affecting libraries. Recorded at the June 2004 American Library Association Annual convention in Orlando, Florida.


  • Cathy DeRosa, OCLC Vice President of Marketing
  • Cindy Cunningham, Director of Cataloging for digital image provider Corbis
  • Dan Chudnov, Programmer for the Yale Center for Medical Informatics

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Download the report

Introduction (PDF, 429kb)
Social landscape (PDF, 1.6MB)
Economic landscape (PDF, 1.5MB)
Technology landscape (PDF, 2.7MB)
Research and learning landscape (PDF, 1.6MB)
Library landscape (PDF, 9.4MB)
Future frameworks (PDF, 7.5MB)

Download a high-level summary of the report:

English (PDF, 12MB)
Arabic/English (PDF, 12MB)
Spanish (PDF, 8.01MB)
French (PDF, 7.2MB)
Chinese Traditional (PDF, 7.4MB)
Chinese Simplified (PDF, 8.4MB)
Portuguese (PDF, 7.5MB)