Libraries as Community Catalysts

Libraries are the heart of their communities, whether the community is a college campus, a small, rural township, or urban center. OCLC works with libraries to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and support to meet the ever-evolving needs of their communities.

webjunction - scaling continuous learning

Scaling continuous learning

Skilled, confident library practitioners are the foundation of innovative library service. Our WebJunction program designs and delivers learning at scale, through online training programs, self-directed study, and facilitated peer-to-peer support. We use tools of collaboration, applied research, and learning networks to bring new ideas and innovations to more libraries. This approach ensures that all libraries—regardless of size, type, or geographic location—can effectively use and share resources toward common goals.

Recent work:

Upcoming webinars

WebJunction course catalog

Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces

Opioid Crisis: Libraries Respond

Supercharged Storytimes for All

Libraries leverage Wikimedia

Equity, diversity and inclusion

Equity, diversity, and inclusion

OCLC seeks to view all our work through a lens of equity and recognize the opportunities of intersectionality in our work. With that in mind, this page aggregates and connects OCLC's work as it pertains to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Recent work:

Reimagine Descriptive Workflows
OCLC has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to convene a diverse group of experts, practitioners, and community members to determine ways to improve descriptive practices, tools, infrastructure and workflows in libraries and archives.  

Research Library Partnership equity, diversity, and inclusion survey

Equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives