Register for OCLC events at ALA Annual 2015

What OCLC events at ALA Annual would you like to attend? Please select individual events as applicable.

Note: OCLC events are open to all ALA Annual Conference registrants. Please register one attendee at a time. If you have questions or special needs, please contact OCLC.


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Friday, June 26

Enhance Sharing Session

The Enhance and Expert Community Sharing Session is a forum for Q&A and for the exchange of information concerning OCLC's Enhance program and Expert Community.

Friday, June 26, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Moscone Center West, Room 3012   


OCLC Symposium: Millennials in Transition

The largest single generational cohort in America (15–35 years old) is moving fully into adulthood, the workforce and positions of responsibility. In fact, Millennials have exited childhood and are experiencing all of the major transitions of early life: college, first jobs, first management positions, building a family. And, like every other generation, they are dealing with these challenges in ways that are sometimes puzzling to their older counterparts. This is the first generation to face life’s changes having grown up entirely in a highly technological, connected, multiscreen world. And this impacts their expectations of how libraries should help them navigate these transitions.

Symposium keynote speaker Kim Lear, from the generational think tank BridgeWorks, will explore how Millennials are approaching watershed moments in their education, careers and family lives. Kim will also help provide some context for how other generations can better work alongside Millennials as they process these changes. A panel of library researchers and practitioners who are working with Millennials in libraries will discuss ways in which traditional library services can be positioned, adjusted—and maybe even discarded—when it comes to Millennials.

Please confirm whether you will attend in-person or participate via live-stream video.

Friday, June 26, 1:30 – 4:00 pm
San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Salon 7

Saturday, June 27

Dewey Update Breakfast and
ALCTS Public Libraries Technical Services Interest Group

Learn what's new with Dewey and WebDewey 2.0, and share ideas and notes with our ALCTS Public Libraries Technical Services Interest Group colleagues during this combined meeting.

Saturday, June 27, 7:00 – 10:00 am
San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Salon 1 – 3


OCLC Search Engine Visibility, Knowledge Cards and Works:
Library Linked Data in Action

Libraries can now provide topical insights into resources in their collections rather than simply a list of possible sources. Hear how libraries use Linked Data to improve search engine visibility for their collections, connect searchers with libraries on the websites where they begin their research, and give users context for library resources identified in search results. See Linked Data "in Action" in knowledge cards and Works-level entries in a popular discovery service.

Saturday, June 27, 8:30 – 10:00 am
Moscone Center North, Room 125


OCLC WorldShare Management Services:
Simplifying Workflows for Libraries

Join us to hear how libraries and consortia have simplified their workflows with OCLC's cloud-based WorldShare Management Services—from managing e-resources to cataloging to acquisitions. Libraries will share their experiences with WMS and discuss how streamlined, more efficient workflows have saved time and money, and allowed them to do more. Andrew K. Pace, OCLC, will provide an overview and update.

Saturday, June 27, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Moscone Center South, Room 228 – 230


OCLC Linked Data Roundtable: Stories from the Front

Hear brief stories from implementers of major library linked data initiatives about what has worked and what hasn’t, problems faced and solved, and remaining challenges and opportunities. Presenters will focus on practical considerations of linked data implementations. The program will include time for discussion with the audience.

Saturday, June 27, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Moscone Center West, Room 3008


User Community Meetings and Community Reception

Saturday, June 27
User Community Meetings: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Community Reception: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Please join us for OCLC User Community Meetings, immediately followed by a Community Reception, all held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. To register, choose the User Community Meeting that best meets your interest. This selection will activate a checkbox at the bottom of the community meeting list where you can also register for the Community Reception.

Join your colleagues to hear the latest CONTENTdm updates. You will find out what’s new in CONTENTdm, presented in the bigger picture of the community; how to make your unique digital resources more discoverable and accessible via CONTENTdm 7.0; user community accomplishments; and the impact of linked data on your digital resources. Network with your colleagues to make the most of your CONTENTdm site at the User Group meeting, then join the larger OCLC Community Reception afterward.

Join fellow WorldCat Discovery Services users to share your experiences using WorldCat Discovery and the WorldCat Discovery API in your institution. Hear best practices for a smooth transition from FirstSearch or WorldCat Local. Learn about planned enhancements and participate in a lively discussion. Plan to join your colleagues at the combined OCLC community reception that follows.

Join your WorldShare Management Services (WMS) colleagues and Andrew K. Pace, OCLC Executive Director, as well as other members of the WMS team in San Francisco. Plan to participate in discussions, ask questions and discuss the WMS roadmap. Please note this session is for current WMS libraries only. Plan to join your colleagues at the combined OCLC community reception that follows.

Join OCLC resource sharing colleagues for updates on WorldShare ILL and ILLiad and discussions of timely ILL topics. Plan to join your colleagues at the combined OCLC community reception that follows in the same meeting location.

You're invited to continue the conversation with your colleagues and OCLC product managers at our Community Reception.

Sunday, June 28

OCLC Helps Libraries Overcome E-resource Management Challenges

Trying to manage e-resources using fragmented solutions and multiple spreadsheets isn't easy. Mark your calendars to attend this ALA session and see how OCLC services - many of which are included in OCLC Cataloging, Interlibrary Loan and WorldCat Discovery subscriptions - help libraries solve e-resource management challenges.

Starting with quality metadata, you will learn how to improve e-resource discovery, access and sharing. Plus, you will hear practical, real-world examples of how OCLC services helped automate, consolidate and analyze e-workflows at the University of Nebraska Omaha.


  • Rene Erlandson, Director of Virtual Services,  The University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Sonya Oliver, Product Marketing Manager, OCLC
  • David Whitehair, Director, Metadata Services, OCLC

Sunday, June 28, 8:30 – 10:00 am
Moscone Center West, Room 3012


OCLC Evolution of Shared Print Monograph Strategies

Increasingly, libraries are sharing the responsibility and costs of maintaining print collections in response to widespread availability of digital resources and increasing pressure to reclaim campus library space. Katie Birch will discuss how OCLC facilitates data-driven selection for cooperative partnerships, streamlines registration of preservation commitments in WorldCat, and enables seamless integration of shared collections in local discovery and delivery applications.

Sunday, June 28, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Moscone Center North, Room 125


The Coalition to Advance Learning for Archives, Libraries and Museums: The View Ahead

The Coalition effort brings together archives, library and museum organizations working in deliberate coordination across sector boundaries to devise and strengthen sustainable Continuing Education and Professional Development with increased collaboration and effectiveness. Learn about the progress the Coalition has made toward its vision. Preview the Coalition Strategy, which outlines goals, objectives and actions for cross-sector collaboration.

Sunday, June 28, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Salon 13 – 15


Celebrate and Connect: Geek the Library and Turning the Page

Celebrate the achievements of landmark advocacy programs Geek the Library and Turning the Page, used in 3,000 libraries nationwide. Learn about new digital resources and curriculum that will help you champion your library as the beating heart of the community. Connect with friends, including the ALA Learning Round Table, and leave inspired by the power of libraries to transform lives.

Sunday, June 28, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Moscone Center North, Room 121


Monday, June 29

OCLC Research Update

Join the OCLC Research team for an update on their projects. Presenters include Merrilee Proffitt, who will speak on how libraries can engage with Wikipedia; Bruce Washburn, who will speak on using Entity-based Linked Data for discovery, editing and visualization; and Diane Vizine-Goetz, who will provide an update on FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology). Roy Tennant will host this session, which will include time for questions.

Monday, June 29, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Moscone Center North, Room 125


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