Libraries are embedded in an increasingly complex network of information supply and demand. Our goal is to provide evidence and insight to libraries as they organize collections and services within this changing network environment.
Our research agenda aims to improve our understanding of the factors that guide institutions in their sourcing and scaling choices as they seek maximum impact and efficient provision of library collections and services. Our work explores three related areas:
18 October 2018
Constance Malpas, Roger Schonfeld, Rona Stein, Lorcan Dempsey, Deanna Marcum
This report proposes a new library services framework for academic libraries in place of a collections model. This report studies the relationship between emerging library service paradigms and different university settings and surveys the importance of library service areas according to library directors.
OCLC: Enabling Collaboration and Innovation With and Between Academic Libraries, Nationally and Internationally
4 April 2018
Andrew K. Pace
This chapter, excerpted from Collaboration and the Academic Library, identifies OCLC as an example of academic library cooperation on a global and national scale. It explores OCLC membership and governance structures, cooperative data and services, and reflects on challenges in growing a library cooperative.
20 February 2018
Brian Lavoie, Lorcan Dempsey
OCLC Research identified more than 1.6 million distinct Irish publications using library collections data in WorldCat and mapped this information with DBpedia to trace shifting cultural patterns over time. This report analyzes distinctive features of Irish publications to examine the Irish influence on the collective public record.
Toward a New Understanding of American Higher Education Institutions: Focus of Educational Offer, Mode of Provision
19 January 2018
Rona Stein, PhD, Constance Malpas
This literature review preview of Toward a New Understanding of American Higher Education Institutions: Focus of Educational Offer, Mode of Provision provides context for the US higher education institution typology that OCLC has developed to support the University Futures, Library Futures project.