OCLC Research at ALA Annual

25-29 June 2010
Washington, D.C.

Below is a list of when OCLC Research staff gave presentations on a variety of current topics at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C., as well as met with RLG Partners for updates and discussions about the work we're undertaking in the RLG Partnership.

Friday, 25 June

Time Meeting

2:30–4:30 p.m. 

RLG Partners Metadata Managers Focus Group
By invitation only

Location: Grand Hyatt—Franklin Square

Host: Karen Smith-Yoshimura, Program Officer, OCLC Research

3:00–5:00 p.m. 

SHARES Roundtable/Practitioners Meeting
This meeting included an update from the Rethinking Onsite Access working group; a report on survey results from the "Streamlining Work Flows" subgroup of the Sharing Special Collections Advisory Group; a continuation of our conversation from ALA Midwinter about electronic journal licensing language that seems to require printing out and rescanning articles in order to fulfill ILL requests using e-formats—with some new analysis of a set of specific licenses; and round-robin reporting by attendees about what interesting things you're up to back at your home institutions.

Location: Washington Convention Center, Room 154A

Host: Dennis Massie, Program Officer, OCLC Research

Saturday, 26 June

Time Meeting

7:00 –8:30 a.m.

Dewey Update Breakfast: News and Research (session is full)
Dewey Research Agenda: The Next Decade

Location: Grand Hyatt Washington, Independence Rooms B-C


  • Joan S. Mitchell, Editor in Chief, DDC
  • Diane Vizine-Goetz, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research

10:30 a.m.–noon. 

Greening Interlibrary Loan Practices
RUSA STARS Interlibrary Loan Discussion Group

Location: Marriott Metro Center, Grand Ballroom E

Contact: Dennis Massie

Sunday, 27 June

Time Meeting

8:00–10:00 a.m. 

"Make it as easy as a Google book search." Learning how to make the catalog usable.
ALCTS Program: Cataloging and Beyond: Publishing for the Year of Cataloging Research

Location: Washington Convention Center, Room 147A

Presenter: Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research

10:30 a.m.–Noon

How Shared is Shared? Remote Storage and Cooperative Collection Building

Faced with the challenges of balancing the costs and benefits of maintaining print collections at the local level, libraries are moving increasingly toward shared management of print materials with partner institutions. This program offered perspectives on building shared collections housed at off-site storage facilities and a discussion of models for retention policies and service agreements. Panelists addressed how shared print holdings inform collection development decisions for acquiring, managing, and withdrawing items from on-site collections and highlighted strategies for future directions. Sponsored by the RUSA CODES/STARS Cooperative Development Committee.

Location: Washington Convention Center, Room 147B


  • Constance Malpas, Program Officer, OCLC Research
  • Emily Stambaugh, California Digital Library
  • Lizanne Payne, CRL

1:30–3:00 p.m. 

LITA Top Technology Trends Panel

Location: Washington Convention Center, Ballroom B

Panelist: Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President and Chief Strategist, OCLC

1:30–3:30 p.m. 

2010 ALA Conference Program—To Catch a Thief: Cataloging and the Security of Special Collections
Presented by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS)
Co-sponsored by ALCTS: Collection Management & Development Section (CMDS) and
ALA: Map & Geography Round Table (MAGERT)

How can libraries fulfill the need to provide access to their collections while simultaneously protecting them? Can full catalog records deter theft? How have they been instrumental in identifying and reclaiming stolen materials? Recognizing ongoing pressures on technical service staff and library administrators due to budget cutbacks and competing priorities, this program explored how balancing faster and cheaper cataloging with sufficiently robust descriptions benefits the security of special collections in libraries.

Location: Washington Convention Center, Room 146C


  • Mark Dimunation, Chief, Rare Book & Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
  • Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, Manager, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Art Theft Program
  • Travis McDade, Curator of Law Rare Books, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Jennifer Schaffner, Program Officer, OCLC Research
Nina Schneider, Head Cataloger, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles

Monday, 28 June

Time Meeting

8:00–10:00 a.m.

RLG Heads of Systems
This meeting covered issues of interest to systems librarians of RLG Partnership institutions, including OCLC services of particular importance to this group.

Location: Grand Hyatt, OCLC Red Suite

Host: Roy Tennant, Senior Program Offier, OCLC Research

Tuesday, 29 June

Time Meeting

9:00–10:30 a.m.

Publisher and Librarian Symposium
OCLC "Next Generation Cataloging" Project and Metadata Services for Publishers Program

By invitation only.

Location: CQ Press Main Conference Room, 2300 N Street NW, Suite 800


  • Jean Godby, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research
  • Renee Register, Senior Product Manager, OCLC

1:30–2:45 p.m.

Publisher and Librarian Symposium
DDC and BISAC: The Authority File, the Mappings, and Opportunities in a Linked Data World

By invitation only.

Location: CQ Press Main Conference Room, 2300 N Street NW, Suite 800


  • Diane Vizine-Goetz, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research
  • Michael Panzer, Assistant Editor, Dewey Decimal Classification
  • Joan S. Mitchell, Editor in Chief, Dewey Decimal Classification