JAN 30

Americas Regional Council Annual Meeting and OCLC Symposium: Research in Context

This event will open with an update on recent Americas Regional Council and Global Council activities. The OCLC Symposium, "Research in Context," will follow immediately. Refreshments will be served after the Symposium.

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Research in Context

The OCLC Symposium will feature Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist, and Chrystie Hill, Director, OCLC Community Relations, who will discuss how research activities can move beyond insights into action. Research often starts by recognizing and mapping changes in the environment. But knowing where we are and how we got here is only half of the equation. For research to be valuable, it must also be actionable.

Roundtable discussion will follow, both live and online, about the ways in which research can help your library achieve greater impact and plan with confidence.

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Symposium Videos

Download Lorcan's slides

Download Chrystie's slides

Symposium Speakers

Lorcan Dempsey coordinates strategic planning and oversees Research, Membership and Community Relations at OCLC. He has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, the UK and the US. His influence on national policy and library directions is widely recognized. In 2010, he received the National Federation of Advanced Information Services' (NFAIS) highest award, The Miles Conrad Award. He is an honorary Doctor of the University of the Open University in the UK. And has twice received an ALCTS Presidential Citation for his work with OCLC colleagues. Lorcan began his career in public libraries in his native Dublin, Ireland. Before moving to OCLC, he managed the UK higher education national investment in information services for Jisc. He is a member of the Cambridge University Library Visiting Committee. Lorcan can be followed on the Web at Lorcan Dempsey's weblog and on Twitter. He publishes and presents widely.  

Chrystie Hill is a librarian, writer and community-builder. After working in special, academic and public libraries, Chrystie joined OCLC in 2003 to launch WebJunction.org, a continuing education resource for US public libraries. As Community Relations Director, Chrystie now leads the team that designs, tests and scales innovative programs that empower public libraries to lead in their communities. Her team is responsible for WebJunction, Geek the Library, Health Happens in Libraries, Outside the Box and more. Chrystie’s book Inside, Outside, Online was published by ALA Editions in 2009. Chrystie is currently an advisor to the national Digital Inclusion Survey and a strategic advisor to the Global Libraries program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Chrystie’s involvement with thousands of libraries and dozens of library organizations make her a well-known, well-traveled presenter on building communities through libraries.



30 January 2015


1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Central Standard Time, North America [UTC -6]


Chicago, IL; Online


McCormick Place West, Room W-196a