Advisory Groups consult with management on the scope and direction of the services OCLC offers. Participation in most Advisory Groups is by invitation, with nominations to serve on the groups coming from self-nominations, from current members of the group, and from OCLC staff working with the group.
User Groups facilitate discussion among users and OCLC staff about specific services. Discussion could include current offerings, future plans and developing needs of the user community. User Groups and meetings are generally open to any users of the service.
Working Groups are a member benefit of the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP). RLP member libraries actively participate with OCLC research initiatives and learning opportunities, helping shape the future direction of the OCLC research agenda.
These groups can be either of short duration, focusing on a specific topic of interest or research effort such as the working groups involved in RLP's study of Research Data Management, or ongoing, like the Metadata Managers working group.
The OCLC Community Center allows you to connect with community peers, collaborate, ask questions, gain insight, contribute and share ideas to improve products, and stay on top of and discuss OCLC announcements.
Affinity groups are groups in which OCLC participates, representing a wide array of stand-alone user groups and gatherings, that may or may not be associated with a specific OCLC product or service. Typically, OCLC does not control the membership or schedules of these groups, but nevertheless considers them closely affiliated.