Discussion Group Questions

From Darmae Brown:
Any public librarians in your discussion?

Response: Yes, we have held one public library discussion group to date, with two additional public library groups planned.

From Karen Schneider:
What's the definition of a mid-size academic library? Over 2,000 academic libraries serve institutions of higher education with student FTE enrollment under 3,000.

Response: For purposes of our focus groups, a mid-size academic was defined as having FTE of 3,000 to 9,999.

From Leslie Engelson:
It looks like smaller libraries and special libraries were not included in the discussion groups. I have a feeling that credits are much more important to those libraries than the larger libraries because they make a bigger impact on budget decisions.

Response: OCLC will be adding at least one additional discussion group related to special libraries. Thank you for your input.

From Joy Banks:
Was there a focus group at the SLA annual meeting? OCLC had quite a presence, but I don't remember this conversation even being whispered (the update was a breakfast meeting, though). Many of the SLA members are also solo librarians so manage all aspects of their collections, cover a wide variety of library types, and includes an international membership. Seems like just the focus group OCLC was looking for in this discussion.

Response: OCLC had not started the discussion groups when SLA was held last year. As noted above, OCLC has added plans for at least one additional discussion group related to special libraries.

From Barbara Brownell:
How many small public libraries were involved in the focus groups? And how many from poorer areas of the country?

Response: As mentioned in the presentation, OCLC has held one discussion group to date with small public libraries. There are two additional public library-focused sessions in the planning stages.

From Jessie Zhong:
As this decision will affect all libraries, should each member be informed in writing to get their opinion?

Response: OCLC and the Global Council Advisory Committee are continuing to work on receiving input from as broad an audience as possible. The committee is still in the process of establishing the next steps in the feedback process.

From Stacy Pober:
Focus groups were small according to data given in webinar. They are valuing the opinion of the (possibly nonrepresentative) groups of 10 to 12 people over the opinions of the larger pool of responses they received via the OCLC-CAT list.

Response: The Global Council Advisory Committee is valuing all of the opinions and feedback received from members, including the feedback from focus groups, webinars, e-mails, Americas Regional Council discussions, Global Council discussions, etc. The group will continue to reach out and seek feedback in all forms and formats.

From Cynthia May:
So you're saying the focus groups are against eliminating credits?

Response: We have completed 10 focus groups to date and more are planned. The majority of the focus discussion group attendees (primarily library directors and AULs) have indicated that OCLC cataloging credits are not a primary motivator in determining original cataloging or other contributions to the cooperative. Most attendees have indicated that they would not want to see their overall subscription price increase because of any changes made.

From Jeff Siemon:
Have you received feedback from North American libraries who do not participate? Notre Dame seems to do their enhancements only locally, and many other major members.

Response: At this time, all of the libraries that have participated in the focus discussion groups have participated in the Credits Program. The Advisory Group is receiving input in a variety of additional forms: e-mails, listserv discussions, etc. OCLC will be conducting discussions and focus groups in additional regions outside North America in the months ahead. Many of these libraries will not have participated in the Credits Program.