This year, we are running two satellite meetings—one prior to the main Library Futures Conference and one after. Please note if you would like to attend one or both meetings free of charge, make sure you check the box on your registration form.

For more information, please see the details below.


OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting

Monday 2 March 2020 (13:00 – 17:00) at the Intercontinental Hotel, Vienna.

The OCLC Research Library Partnership invites you to join us for a pre-conference where we will explore how libraries are responding to the seismic changes underway and the increasing role of the library in managing the research and other outputs of the university.

Learn more about the meeting

WMS Community Day, EMEA

Thursday 5 March 2020 (09:00 – 18:00) at the Intercontinental Hotel, Vienna

As in previous years, this free meeting will bring together members and OCLC staff from across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions to meet in person, share insights, learn from others, and discuss and plan community activities.

Learn more about WMS Community Day

Stewardship and services: Your library's role as a “community catalyst”

Digital environments are reshaping the nature of library collections and services in research libraries, and libraries need tools in order to be effective “community catalysts” and to adapt to the audiences they serve.

In this event hosted by the OCLC Research Library Partnership, we will explore how libraries are responding to the seismic changes underway. We will look at the increasing role of the library in managing the research and other outputs of the university (the inside-out collection, exemplified in repositories, RIM systems, deep interactions with open content, and distinctive collections). Additionally, we will explore how the library is facilitating access to a broader range of local, external, and collaborative resources organized around user needs (the facilitated collection).

Join us for an interactive afternoon where we will use these concepts to share and discuss how institutions are responding to these challenges.

Attendees will....

  • Gain familiarity with models and terminology which can then be applied to their own ecosystem.
  • Discuss how these models may be used to articulate the value of the library to external stakeholders at parent institutions.
  • Discuss topics and network with peers from research libraries.

WMS Regional Community Meeting, EMEA

The third annual WMS Community Day, EMEA, is taking place on Thursday 5 March 2020, the day after the Library Futures Conference, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Vienna.

As in previous years, this free meeting will bring together members and OCLC staff from across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions to meet in person, share insights, learn from others, and discuss and plan community activities.

It is exclusively aimed at libraries using or implementing WMS. Please see below for the agenda. If you are interested in taking part in this meeting, then don’t forget to check the box on your registration form. Or drop us an email if you are not planning to attend the Library Futures Conference, but do want to register for the WMS Community Day only.

The EMEA WMS community is growing steadily. Come to Vienna, meet your peers, become a part of it!

Agenda: Thursday 5 March 2020

Time Event
8:30 – 9:00 Reception: Coffee / tea
9:00 – 10:30 Welcome, Introduction to the day
Community Day Planning Team

Product Update
Maximilien Sangoi, OCLC

WMS Community Management
Anna Jones, OCLC
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Member Story: Enhancing Document Fulfillment with WorldCat Discovery and WMS
Petra Otten, Wageningen University & Research Library

Member Story: All Out, Cloud planning for the 21st century library
Thomas Hodge, American University of Sharjah
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch / Group Photo
13:00 – 14:30 Impressions from the recently held Global WMS Community Meeting
Participating community members

Regional Updates
User Group Chairs et al
14:30 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 17:15 WorldCafé (Small Group Discussions)
Several rounds of structured conversations focusing on current practices, future changes and opportunities for libraries.

Topics will be tied to WMS workflows and organized around the four themes of the Library Futures 2020 conference: “Exceed user expectations”, “Create measurable impact”, “Lead with technology” and “Build powerful networks”.

Each participant will be allowed to explore two or more different topics of interest.

The final harvesting session will collect all insights and allow all participants to benefit from and build on collective wisdom and creativity.

17:15 – 17:45 Final Discussion and Close of the Day
18:00 – Continue discussion over drinks and snacks