JAN 24

American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

Join our OCLC programs and events at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, and visit us at our booth where we will feature several conversations about our key products, services, and initiatives.

Join OCLC in Philadelphia for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting

You are invited to join OCLC programs and events at ALA Midwinter, as we move forward and succeed together. Please see our planned programming list below. Please click the green button at right to confirm your plans to attend.


OCLC Sessions (RSVP requested)

Friday, 24 January 2020

OCLC Expert Cataloging Community Sharing Session

10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Nutter Theater

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.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

OCLC Linked Data Roundtable: Stories from the Front

10:30 – 11:30 am, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 113-C

Join this OCLC hosted panel of experts to learn more about their current activities and recent experiences with linked data. Hear updates on OCLC’s initiatives, an LC update on BIBFRAME, and more. Panelists include: Honor Moody, Harvard Library; Sarah Horowitz, Haverford College; and Kevin Ford, Library of Congress. Brief presentations by each panelist will be followed by time to ask questions of the panelists.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

OCLC Resource Sharing Users Group Meeting

4:00 – 5:30 pm, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 103-C

Join OCLC resource sharing colleagues for updates on WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, Tipasa, ILLiad, and Relais. We’ll also have time for discussions of timely ILL topics.

Monday, 27 January 2020

OCLC Research Update

10:30 – 11:30 am, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 122-A

OCLC Research examines the challenges and issues currently facing libraries and explores new and emerging areas of librarianship. In this session, OCLC Research staff will share progress on current projects and updates on future initiatives. Time for Q&A will follow the presentations.


OCLC Hot Topics (no RSVP needed)

Join our experts in booth 1541 for 15-minute presentations where you can learn about technologies and strategies that help your library use OCLC products and research effectively. NO RSVP NEEDED FOR THE HOT TOPICS PRESENTATIONS.

*Schedule repeats Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26

HOT TOPIC: EZproxy Analytics, 9:30 - 9:45 am

Understand the impact of your e-content collection with EZproxy Analytics. Don Hamparian, Senior Product Manager, will present.

HOT TOPIC: Improving WorldCat Quality, 10:30 – 10:45 am

Learn how OCLC’s Duplicate Detection and Resolution (DDR) software has evolved to eliminate more bibliographic duplicates in WorldCat. Jay Weitz, Senior Consulting Database Specialist, will present.

HOT TOPIC: Making Your Free Findable, 11:30 – 11:45 am

Promote, share, and manage your OA resources using the OCLC products already in your library. Bill Forgette, Senior Solutions Strategist, will present.

HOT TOPIC: WMS and Student Success, 12:30 – 12:45 pm

Understand the library’s role in supporting at-risk students and student success. Scott Livingston, Executive Director, Management Services, will present.

HOT TOPIC: GreenGlass for Shared Print, 2:30 – 2:45 pm

Discover how GreenGlass and WorldCat can move your collections forward as shared print becomes mainstream. Matt Barnes, Director, SCS, will present.

HOT TOPIC: Responding to the Opioid Crisis, 3:30 – 3:45 pm

Learn about an OCLC Research project to help public libraries respond to the opioid epidemic. Kendra Morgan, WebJunction Senior Program Manager, will present.

HOT TOPIC: Get Involved with OCLC, 4:30 – 4:45 pm

Learn how OCLC serves libraries worldwide and how you can get involved in this global community. Christina Rodriques, Member Relations Outreach Manager, will present.

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Wikidata Working Hour

Friday, January 24, 2020, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Loews Hotel Philadelphia, Room PSFS, 33rd Floor, 1200 Market Street

Looking for hands-on practice with Wikidata? OCLC, in partnership with the LD4 Wikidata Affinity Group, will host a Wikidata Working Hour. To add or edit in Wikidata, bring a laptop or smartphone and your Wikimedia account information. LD4 Wikidatan Hilary Thorsen will answer questions via Zoom. NO RSVP NEEDED FOR THIS EVENT.

Lorcan Dempsey to speak at ALA’s Symposium on the Future of Libraries  

Saturday, 25 January, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 203-AB

Join Lorcan Dempsey as he presents “Big Shifts: Libraries, Collections, Networks” as part of ALA’s Symposium on the Future of Libraries. NO RSVP NEEDED FOR THIS EVENT.

We look forward to connecting with you in Philadelphia! 

Register to attend

Start Date

24 January 2020

End Date

27 January 2020


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania Convention Center