Transformative Leaders

A webinar series for current and future library leaders.

Series includes topics of interest to current and future library leaders. Sessions are free and everyone is invited to attend.

From strategic planning to data analysis: Tools to collaborate successfully

Libraries are being asked to do more with less, demonstrate results across new and changing areas of practice, and contribute more directly to institutional goals. Collaborative efforts with other libraries can be a great option to meet these goals. At this one-hour session, we will:

Taken together, you’ll learn how to create a high-level strategy for collaborative efforts and then develop data insights that can help ensure success.

Featured Speakers:



Brian Lavoie
OCLC Sr. Research Scientist




    Chela Scott Weber
    Sr. Program Officer for the




Andy Breeding
OCLC Sr. Product Manager for Delivery Services

Work on improving your campus working relationships

Working relationships are more effective—and less stressful—when people from different areas get along. This is especially true when we share overlapping goals. But there's a gap between the desire to improve complex working relationships and the reality of making it happen. 

Join us for a 60-minute webinar as we review the research report, Social Interoperability in Research Support: Cross-Campus Partnerships and the University Research Enterprise, within the context of library operations, discuss recent next gen metadata research within the context of change management and opportunities for increased campus interaction, and introduce Talis Aspire and how its integration of library management, learning management, list management, and discovery can help build bridges between libraries, faculty, and students. Finally, hear from Edge Hill University in the UK, whose team used Talis Aspire in just this way, building real-time channels between faculty and library staff.

Register to find out more about how a realistic model for campus cooperation can take you from soft goals to concrete plans.

Featured Speakers:



Rebecca Bryant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research Library Partnership 

(Co-author of Social Interoperability in Research Support)



    Richard Urban, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research Library Partnership



John McCullough, Director of Academic Library Management Services, OCLC


    Sonia Edwards, Academic Engagement Manager, Edge Hill University, UK

Assessing the library’s role in e-resource access workflows today and in the future

Join us as we explore why some library industry stakeholders seek to move e-resource access workflows away from IP authentication and toward federated access technologists like SAML. Learn:

  • How SAML and other federated access technologies differ from IP authentication
  • The implications for libraries who move toward these types of access models
  • Why SAML is complex and a barrier to many libraries and content providers who adopt it

This webinar examines the differences between SAML and IP Authentication.


Senior Product Manager Don Hamparian will:

  • Simplify some complex identity management terms
  • Assess how various e-resource access models impact libraries
  • Explore how IP authentication plays a part in the evolving landscape

We hope you’ll walk away feeling more informed about the e-resource access landscape and its impact to you and your library.

A blueprint for collection building success

Be the architect of your collections' future! By applying the OCLC Research Library Partnership's "Total Cost of Stewardship" framework and tools across multiple OCLC services, you can guarantee a strong foundation for your efforts. This report is a collection of resources designed to support libraries in making informed, shared collection building decisions.

The report's author, Chela Scott Weber, will introduce these findings and tools. She'll then be joined by OCLC product experts for WorldShare Management Services, GreenGlass, and CONTENTdm. They'll discuss how to apply her work across collection management and development areas in your library, while supporting communication between colleagues in curatorial, administrative, and technical services roles.

Featured Speakers:



    Chela Scott Weber
    Sr. Program Officer for the OCLC Research Library Partnership



    Peter Zeimet
    OCLC Product Specialist for GreenGlass



    Anna Jones
    OCLC Community Manager for WorldShare Management Services




    Shane Huddleston
    OCLC Product Manager for CONTENTdm

From skeptic to champion: How to guide staff through change

How do you move staff from skeptics to champions when it comes to change? According to Tyler Ferguson, OCLC’s Director of Implementation, change always starts with a focus on people. Join Tyler along with Elyse Wampler and Kristy Carlson, two of OCLC’s organization and learning consultants, as they expand this insight with more about where change management ties into larger projects. Learn how to effectively help your staff navigate through change based on research and best practices.

Featured Speakers:



Tyler Ferguson

Director, Implementation Programs




Elyse Wampler 

Organization Development Consultant



Kristy Carlson

Senior Organization Development Consultant

Librarian Evolution: Libraries Thrive When We Change

It has never been a better time to be a librarian—especially when we recognize and act on our power to help people in our communities build better lives through learning and literacy. To do that, our identity, our education, our organizations, and our work is changing. Learn how library staff are becoming change agents to help Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, become an essential asset in its community.

This webinar examines an award-winning library's approach to change management.

Featured Speakers:



Thad Hartman, Chief of Staff
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library




Gina Millsap, Chief Executive Officer
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

Building Better Websites: A look at Web analytics to design impactful experiences

Discover how your library users' digital experiences can be as engaging as in-person interactions.  Take a look at how incorporating Web analytics into your decision-making strategies can create noticeable and measurable differences for your users. 

This webinar will examine the role of Web analytics in the decision making strategies of library leaders.

Featured Speaker:


Cathy King, OCLC Senior Product Manager, WorldShare Network Experience
Cathy will share real-world examples, patterns and trends, and key takeaways you can use to improve your site and captivate your users. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of:

  • What your users need and how to apply analytics to optimize experiences for your library
  • Small tweaks that can yield big results
  • How to determine what metrics to use and how to set your goals
  • Emerging trends and best practices

Stimulating Progress through a Culture of Innovation

It’s no secret that decisions you make for your library today will impact the probability of success tomorrow. If only we had a crystal ball to tell us what library users will need in five, 10 or even 20 years. With no means of predicting the future, library leaders must focus their resources on how to best remain relevant in an ever-evolving landscape.

This webinar examines the role of innovation in the future success of libraries.

Featured Speaker:


Helene Blowers, OCLC Community Program Manager
Helene discusses how innovation can help current and future library leaders overcome challenging, unpredictable circumstances. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of:

  • What innovation is and the various types of innovation that can be implemented
  • Why it’s important for library leaders (both emerging and established) to support and encourage innovation
  • How library leaders can promote a culture of innovation.