As metadata creation process and supply chains evolve, new architectures are emerging. At the same time, staff who handle metadata aren’t getting the professional development opportunities they need to keep up with this change. For a long time, linked data enthusiasts could not convince their leadership of the need to prepare for this transformation--but that has changed. In this recording from ALA 2022, OCLC staff and library metadata experts discuss the promise of linked data and what these changes mean for all of us. The panel explores the changes taking place in a number of areas, including the transition to linked data and identifiers, the description of inside-out and facilitated collections, and the evolution of metadata as a service, as well as resulting staffing requirements. The goal? Linking data across isolated systems and services will enhance library users' experiences and allow for efficiencies across the value chain. This transformation is key to achieving important library goals, such as multilingualism to support equity, diversity, and inclusion principles.
In this panel session from ALA 2022, Ellen Brooks (Community Memory and Digital Archives Consultant, WiLS), Betha Gutsche (WebJunction Program Manager, OCLC) and Alex Nelson (National Digital Inclusion Project Coordinator, Kansas City Public Library) look at case studies from the "Accelerating Promising Practices" program funded by IMLS. Learn about new community engagement frameworks for public and school libraries as participants describe their work around digital inclusion, community memory, and school library transformation and how their methods can be replicated for success elsewhere. These success stories come from more than 40 small and rural libraries across the country who contributed to the program, implementing innovative projects to engage with and serve their communities.
To maximize your library’s exposure and impact, it’s essential to meet people where they start their search. Hear about exciting work to help libraries expand the reach and influence of their collections. Danielle Bromelia, OCLC Product Manager, discusses the new WorldCat.org that’s coming soon, our latest initiative with Google, and much more.
Danielle Bromelia, OCLC Product Manager, provides a preview of the redesigned and soon-to-be-released WorldCat.org. The new, mobile-friendly site offers more ways to reach people in your community, including those who don’t currently use your library. You'll learn how WorldCat.org helps people find unique collections and other resources in your library and other libraries nearby or around the world.
Libraries play a key role in the future of resource discovery. Gina Winkler, OCLC Executive Director of Metadata Services, shares how OCLC is collaborating to build linked data services that will help all libraries empower better research through connections. Gina discusses the new WorldCat Entities, our ongoing work with library partners, and much more.
Library users don’t care about the back-end process. They just want a simple, intuitive user experience and anytime, anywhere access. Peter Collins, OCLC Director of Resource Sharing, shares how data-driven fulfillment delivers resources faster—with more accuracy and less effort. He discusses the latest smart fulfillment functionality for OCLC resource sharing solutions, how OCLC is approaching controlled digital lending (CDL), and much more.
Libraries know how to pivot quickly. But what have our experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic taught us about planning for the future? OCLC's Director of Library Trends and User Research, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, shares how to contextualize impacts experienced in the past two years to support long-term strategies. Lynn discusses our recent New Model Library briefing, the learner’s guide, and much more.