The OCLC ARC18 program is designed and driven by member-leaders

Library leaders across all library types will come together to share ideas, learnings, and insights, helping the entire community move forward to change the game. We invite you to contribute to the conversation.

We are seeking member proposals that will spark conversations around what it means to be a “game-changing library,” more specifically, what are those areas that will help the community better respond to shifts in the environment and drive their library’s transformation in the following categories:

  • Technology and innovation: From evolution to revolution
  • Spaces and resources: From collections to connections
  • Analytics and data: From what we count to what counts
  • Public purpose: From allies to advocates

Please submit a topic for a 20–30 minute presentation that provides insights, ideas, and experiences around the theme areas listed above. The proposed presentation should be applicable to library leaders across all library types. Proposals can have up to two speakers.

Submission details

  • Selected speakers will receive complimentary registration to the ARC18 Conference. Speakers are responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses.
  • Deadline for proposal submissions is July 13, 2018. Speakers will be notified of the program selection by July 31, 2018.
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Idea starters

Listed below are some topics that would support conversations around the idea of becoming a “game-changing library.” Please do not limit yourself to these suggestions; we are seeking your ideas and experience to generate discussion around these key areas.

From evolution to revolution

  • Reshaping the customer journey
  • Customer engagement
  • Service customizations
  • Smart spaces– reconfiguration/reuse of space
  • Personalized customer/patron services

From collections to connections

  • Improving discovery
  • Open access
  • Community collaborations and engagement
  • Balancing human engagement with automation
  • Use of artificial intelligence/robots
  • Libraries and librarians curating knowledge and access

From what we count to what counts

  • Assessment
  • Driving decisions with data
  • Research Data Management (RDM)
  • Analytics
  • Data mining to create new knowledge
  • Aggregated data to enhance workflow, services, impact

From allies to advocates

  • Embedding the library in the community
  • Diversity in libraries
  • Libraries as change agents
  • Social equity and civic engagement
  • Preserving and sharing community knowledge and local memory
  • Critical thinking to evaluate fake news