Moving forward together: Highlights from RSC20

By Carmen Byg, OCLC Community Manager /

Every year, the entire OCLC Resource Sharing Team looks forward to the Resource Sharing Conference (RSC). It’s a unique opportunity for us all to connect with you—a dedicated and knowledgeable community of ILL professionals. We know how important it is for you all to connect with each other as well.

Even though we couldn’t come together in person this year, the Program Committee and the speakers, who graciously agreed to participate in a new virtual format, made the RSC20 web series Moving forward together a great success.

More than 1,200 attendees from 800 institutions in 9 countries came together virtually over the course of the series to hear from 13 community speakers. So while we missed being with you in person and developing deeper relationships, the silver lining was that many more of you—from libraries worldwide—were able to attend virtually.

RSC20 recordings now available

If you missed any of the sessions, we encourage you to visit oc.lc/rsc20-links to access the recordings and accompanying slides. (Note: To access the RSC20 recordings, you’ll need to sign into the OCLC Community Center with your credentials for WorldShare ILL or Tipasa. If you don’t know your Community Center credentials, reference the OCLC Support website or contact OCLC Support. And if you don’t have Community Center credentials, you may request them here.)

In addition to the recordings, you can access the slides for other presentations that were scheduled for the in-person conference but not included in the virtual series. Going forward, we’ll continue to offer opportunities for you to share and learn with the ILL community.

Insights for a pre-, during-, and post-pandemic world

In the five-part RSC20 series, the speakers covered topics that were originally planned but with additional insights that were timely and tailored to these challenging times. These topics also had some of the highest registration numbers leading up to the in-person event. Thanks to the presenters for ensuring the sessions were relevant and included takeaways to apply now and in the future.

Continuing to move forward together

Thank you again to all the speakers for participating and sharing! Thank you to the Programming Committee for staying with us through all the ups and downs. Most of all, thank you all for attending! As we continue to move forward together, keep a watch on Community News for details on upcoming events and RSC21.