Libraries at the Crossroads: Resolving Identities. EMEA Regional Council Conference 2017
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OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting 2017

'Libraries at the Crossroads: Resolving Identities'

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The EMEA Regional Council Meeting 2017 is taking place in Berlin, Germany on 21 to 22 February 2017. The theme of the meeting is 'Libraries at the Crossroads: Resolving Identities.'

The event is open to libraries, museums and archives across Europe, Middle East and Africa. It is targeted at decision-makers in our member institutions who are challenging themselves to think beyond their current audience. This OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting is an opportunity for innovative libraries to showcase how they have committed to transforming their identity in the eyes of their community.

Overview: EMEA Regional Council Conference 2017

Photograph of Cendrella Habre, Chair of EMEA Regional Council

For the eighth edition of our EMEA Regional Council Meeting, we are inviting you to Germany, where we have the biggest number of OCLC members in the region. The meeting in Berlin is an opportunity and a chance for OCLC members and other delegates across the EMEA region to get to know each other and network. By joining us and participating in the various plenary and breakout sessions, member libraries from around the region are able to explore the trends that are shaping the future of libraries. The programme will not only be composed of inspiring keynote sessions, but also a large number of OCLC member library sessions. By sharing our own experiences, we will advance further together.

The OCLC EMEA Regional Council hopes that you will be able to join us in Berlin!

Cendrella Habre, Chair, OCLC EMEA Regional Council

Photos: EMEA Regional Council Conference 2017

A selection of photos from the event are now available for you to view.

Presentations: EMEA Regional Council Conference 2017

Plenary Sessions

Plenary Session 2

Deep Learning with Deep Responsibilities - Dr. Annette Demmel, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs and Certified Lawyer; Julie Presas, General Counsel and Vice President of legal Services, Secretary, OCLC

Libraries and the Big Data Revolution - Constance Malpas, Research Scientist and Strategic Intelligence Manager, OCLC

Plenary Session 3

Our Year in Review - Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA and APAC

Spotlight on OCLC Products and Services - Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Product Management, OCLC

OCLC Membership - Peter Sidorko, President of OCLC Global Council and University Librarian, The University of Hong Kong Libraries

Plenary Session 4

Conversations at the Crossroads - David Lee King, Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Member Sessions

A. Regional and National Infrastructure in a Global Metadata Universe - Axel Kaschte, OCLC; Simone Kortekaas, Wageningen University and Research Library; David Whitehair, OCLC.

B. Tackling Our Print Legacy

Collaborative Management of Print Journals at a National Level, For Whom and For What Purposes? - Jean-Louis Baraggioli, CTLES

Tacking Our Print Legacy - Diane Bruxvoort, University of Aberdeen

Managing Our Print Legacy - Constance Malpas, OCLC Research

C. "The Times Are A-Changin'"

Which Professional Skills are Necessary for a Public Library in the Future? - Dr. Jan-Pieter Barbian, Stadtbibliothek Duisburg

"The Times Are A-Changin'" - Cornelia Vonhof, Stuttgart Media University

D. Evolving Practices in Research Information Management - Rebecca Bryant, OCLC; Mijke Jetten, Radboud University

E. The Institution Identity - Provisioning Our Data for Greater Impact

swissbib goes Linked Data - Günter Hipler and Silvia Witzig, University Library of Basel

Data Provision and the SBB-SPK - Reinhard Altenhöner, State Library Berlin/Prussian Heritage

F. How 'Different' Can Your Library Be When Moving to a Cloud-Based Library Services Platform?

One WMS, Five Libraries - Judtih Gulpers and Eugenie van den Hoven, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Machine Learning and Big Data - Scott Livingston, OCLC

First Library in the Middle East to Adopt WMS - Véronique Lecat, American University of Sharjah

G. Academic Library Transformation (Part 1)

Crafting Identity, Meeting Trends - Jyldyz Bekbalaeva, American University of Central Asia

From Support Service to Co-Creator: Transforming the Identity of Library Services at King's College London - Kate Price, King's College London

Redefining the Role and Function of Academic Libraries in the Digital Age - Silke Glitsch and Kerstin Helmkamp, Göttingen State and University Library

Identity of a Brand New Library - J.K. Vijayakumar, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

H. Trading Place and Changing Spaces

The Transformation of the Groninger Libraries - Arend Middelveld and Jacqueline Roelofs, Biblionet Groningen

Library Spaces of the 21st Century - Ronald Huizer, BiSC Utrecht

Changing Perspectives. Business Models for Libraries - Volker Heller, Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB)

I. Libraries, Culture and Identity

Building Bridges Between 'Typically Limburgian' and 'Limburg does not exist' - Barbara Beckers, Centre for the Social History of Limburg

What Impact Does an "Art Initiative" has on the Identity of an Economic Schools Library? - Marie-Louise Fendin, Stockholm School of Economics

Information Seeking and/or Identity Seeking Libraries as Sources of Cultural Identity - Szabolcs Dancs, National Széchényi Library of Hungary

Visualizing the Self-Published Author - Ylva Sommerland, National Library of Sweden

J. Resolving the Identities of Entities and Linking Them via Semantic Indexing

Relations matter: Maintaining and Publishing Links in Library Metadata - Lars Svensson, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

Resolving Identities of Entities and their Attributes - Marta Cichoń, National Library of Poland

Linking Entities via Semantic Indexing - Rob Koopman and Shenghui Wang, OCLC Research

K. Improving User Experience and the Opportunities for Engagement

Improving User Experience and the Opportunities for Engagement - Cathy King, OCLC

Improving User Experience by Personalisation - Marc Loman, Wageningen University and Research Library

Library Services - Improving User Experience and the Opportunities for Engagement - José Luis Menéndez and Maria de la Peña, Instituto de Empresa

L. Academic Library Transformation (Part 2)

From the Citadel of Learning to the Heart of the University - Catherine Walsh, University of Essex

SMART Library - Lars Binau, Technical University of Denmark

M. Building Your Brand Identity - Sytske Schoenmakers, Hollands Handelen

N. Case Studies in Capacity Acquisition - Constance Malpas, OCLC Research

P. Collaborative Library Platforms for Discovery, Sharing and Impact

Paradigm Shift: From Collection to Connection - Inge Heslinga and Hans Laagland, Tresoar

NDU Libraries and WorldShare® ILL - Leslie Alter Hage, Notre Dame University-Louaize

biblio.pera - Tuba Akbaytürk, Koç University

Q. Public Library Innovation

Transformative Library - Henrik Secher Nielsen, Randers Public Library

Automation and Open Library - Michael Studt, Hamburg Public Library

R. Meeting New Needs within Scholarly Communities: Evolving Librarian's Roles and Responsibilities

Academic Librarians' Experiences with Research Data Management Programs - Ixchel M. Faniel, OCLC Research

S. Balancing Services and Data Security, APIs and Interoperability

Balancing Service and Data Security - Carmen Hüning, Fachhochschule Münster

WorldShare - APIs and Integration - Chris Négrel, OCLC

Integration between a Local ILL System and OCLC WorldShare ILL - Henrik Haagensen and Bjørn Rohde Jensen, Danish Royal Library - Aarhus

Date de début

21 février 2017

Date de fin

22 février 2017


There will be a cost for attending the Meeting. For more information, please visit the Conference Fees page.

Registration for the OCLC EMEA Regional Council Annual Conference has now closed.


Tuesday 21 February 2017

  • Conference Day One
  • Conference Dinner

Wednesday 22 February 2017

  • Conference Day Two

Thursday 23 February 2017

  • Product Day (limited spaces)

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