JUN 21

ALA Annual 2019

OCLC invites you to join our team for discussion, service demonstrations, and special events at ALA Annual.

Join OCLC in Washington for the American Library Association's Annual Conference

You are invited to join OCLC programs and events at ALA Annual, as we connect conversations across our community. 

New: OCLC Hot Topics in booth 1647! Join our experts for 15-minute presentations where you can learn about technologies and strategies that help your library serve your community more effectively. 

Friday, 21 June 2019

10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Washington Convention Center, Room 140B

OCLC Expert Cataloging Community Sharing Session
The Expert Cataloging Community Sharing Session is a forum for Q&A and exchange of information concerning cataloging in WorldCat between OCLC Metadata Quality staff and catalogers from OCLC member libraries.

6:00 - 6:15 pm, Washington Convention Center, OCLC Booth 1647

HOT TOPIC: Wikipedia for Health
Learn to evaluate Wikipedia's health and medical topics. Sharon Streams, Director, WebJunction, will present.

8:00 - 10:00 pm, Smithsonian American Art Museum

OCLC Community Reception
Join OCLC leaders and staff and your colleagues in the beautiful Smithsonian American Art Museum for a celebration of the OCLC community. We will gather in the Great Hall, a beautiful Victorian-era space, and the Luce Foundation Center, which highlights more than 3,000 works of art in floor-to-ceiling cases that overlook a sculpture gallery. Space is limited, so advance registration is required for check-in at the reception.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

7:00 – 10:00 am, Marriott Marquis, University of DC Room

Dewey Update Breakfast/ALCTS Public Libraries Technical Services Interest Group Meeting
Learn about the latest updates to the Dewey Decimal Classification and other Dewey news, straight from the Dewey editors. Plus, hear about the Dewey Editorial Policy Committee from longtime member Deborah Rose-Lefmann. Then stay for a discussion with colleagues from ALCTS Public Libraries Technical Services Interest Group.

9:00 – 10:00 am, Washington Convention Center, Room 144A

OCLC Panel Discussion: Community Engagement as a Mindset
Community needs shift fast. To stay relevant and have the most impact on people’s lives, public libraries have to pivot just as fast. Join us for an energizing conversation with three passionate public library leaders who are redefining community engagement as a mindset—with customers at the center, inspiring every aspect of the library. Panelists include:

  • Pam Sandlian Smith, Director, Anythink Libraries
  • Mary Lou Carolan, Assistant Director, Newburgh Free Library
  • Cordelia Anderson, a marketing and communications executive and former Director of Marketing and Communications for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

10:00 -10:15 am, Washington Convention Center, OCLC Booth 1647

HOT TOPIC: Measuring Performance
Understand the impact of your collection. Hank Sway, Product Manager, will present.

10:30 – 11:30 am, Washington Convention Center, Room 207B

OCLC Linked Data Roundtable: Stories from the Front
During this session, a panel of experts will share their current activities and recent experiences with linked data, including updates on OCLC's initiatives, an LC update on BIBFRAME, and more. Q&A will follow the panelists' brief presentations.

11:45 am - 12:00 pm, Washington Convention Center, OCLC Booth 1647

HOT TOPIC: Student Success
Prove your library's value to the institution. Scott Livingston, Executive Director, Management Services, will present.

1:00 - 2:00 pm, Washington Convention Center, Room 206

Maximizing the Impact of Open Content
In this timely session, presenters will discuss managing access to open content alongside licensed content and configuring metadata to maximize its impact. The session will provide an overview of the state of open access, and focus on best practices for partnering with publishers and service providers that empower you to manage the delivery of open content to your users.

2:30 - 2:45 pm, Washington Convention Center, OCLC Booth 1647

HOT TOPIC: User Experience
Match user expectations of discovery and access. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Director, Library Trends and User Research, will present.


Sunday, 23 June 2019

9:00  - 10:00 am, Renaissance Hotel, Meeting Room 08/09

Weed 'Em and Reap: GreenGlass Analytics and Shared Print User Stories
As libraries are increasingly under pressure to free up space for new uses, they are looking at deselection and shared print projects. GreenGlass is an analytics tool optimized for shared print and local collection analysis. Hear from two GreenGlass users about their experiences. 

10:00 - 10:15 am, Washington Convention Center, OCLC Booth 1647

HOT TOPIC: Open Content
Understand the open content landscape. Jay Holloway, Product Manager, will present.

10:30 - 11:30 am, Marriott Marquis, Archives Room

User-centric Library Services in an On-demand World
User expectations that libraries deliver the same “discovery to access” experiences as commercial services and websites provide new opportunities for connecting people with the resources they need. New initiatives will help libraries transform connections between people and the materials they need. This program introduces a future state for library services that combines a highly individualized experience with speed and convenience. 

1:00 - 1:15 pm, Washington Convention Center, OCLC Booth 1647

HOT TOPIC: Community Engagement
Inspire communiity connections with OCLC Wise. Ty Pierce, Product Manager, will present.

2:00 - 2:15 pm, Washington Convention Center, OCLC Booth 1647

HOT TOPIC: Design Thinking
Apply core concepts to library programming, strategic planning, and telling your story. Betha Gutsche, Program Manager, WebJunction, will present.

4:30 - 6:00 pm, Washington Convention Center, Room 201

OCLC Resource Sharing User Group Meeting
Join OCLC resource sharing and Atlas Systems staff for updates on WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, Tipasa, ILLiad, and Relais D2D. We’ll also have time for discussions on timely ILL topics.


Monday, 24 June 2019

10:30 - 11:30 am, Washington Convention Center, Room 151A

OCLC Research Update
OCLC Research examines the challenges and issues currently facing libraries and explores new and emerging areas of librarianship. In this session, Andrew Pace, Executive Director for Technical Research, will explain OCLC Research’s continuous cycle of active engagement with institutions; examples will include current discovery and access projects, open content, and Wikipedia, as well as details of OCLC’s recent linked data prototype. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Director of Library Trends and User Research, will share progress on case study research of public libraries responding to the opioid crisis with community partners. And Chela Weber, Senior Program Officer, Research Library Partnership, will talk about the work the partnership is doing with libraries and archives in the area of special collections. Time for Q&A will follow the presentations.


We look forward to seeing you in Washington DC in June.

Register to attend

Start Date

21 June 2019

End Date

24 June 2019


Washington, DC


Walter E. Washington Convention Center