JUN 28

OCLC Americas Member Meeting and Symposium at ALA Annual

OCLC member-leaders and staff participated in a Regional Council business meeting and a keynote address in our "Collective Insight-Driven by Shared Data" series. This session focused on the opportunity to examine shared data in new ways that help us make better decisions, learn about the information ecosystem and impact how we live. Participants explored how libraries play a compelling role in helping our communities make sense of that information in useful and innovative ways.

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Americas Regional Council Member Meeting

Video recordings

OCLC Update

(YouTube, 24:30)
28 June 2013

Jay Jordan, OCLC President and Chief Executive Officer, presented an update during OCLC’s Americas Regional Council Member Meeting.

OCLC Board of Trustees Update

(YouTube, 20:01)
28 June 2013

Sandy Yee, Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees and Dean of University Libraries and the Library and Information Science Program, Wayne State University, presented an update during OCLC’s Americas Regional Council Member Meeting.

OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC) Member Meeting

(YouTube, 20:13)
28 June 2013

The meeting included a State of the Region report from Barbara Preece, ARC Chair and Director, Loyola/Notre Dame Library, an update on Members in Canada, Members in Puerto Rico, and Members in Trinidad and Tobago.


28 June 2013


11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Central Daylight Time, North America [UTC -5]


Chicago, Illinois


11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Central Time | Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Prairie Room

OCLC Symposium on Culturomics

Jean-Baptiste Michel
Harvard University

Erez Lieberman

Baylor College
of Medicine and
of Computer
Science and
Rice University

Click here to view their presentation on Ted.com.

Together, Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden develop quantitative approaches to the study of history and culture that rely on computational analysis of a significant fraction of the historical record, an approach they call ‘Culturomics.’ Their work led to the creation of the Google Ngram Viewer, a website for browsing cultural trends that was visited more than 3 million times in the 24 hours after its launch. Their research has been featured on the covers ofNature and Science and on the front page of the New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal . Their talk describing this work, at TED.com, has been viewed more than a million times. They are the authors of the forthcoming book, Uncharted: Big Data and an Emerging Science of Human History (Riverhead Books).