OCLC Research at ALA Midwinter 2012

19–24 January 2012
Dallas Convention Center
Dallas, TX USA

The following OCLC Research staff attended and/or hosted the meetings listed below at ALA Midwinter in Dallas, 19-24 January 2012:

Thursday, 19 January

Time Meeting
1:00–4:30 p.m.

OCLC Research Library Partnership Briefing
Open to OCLC Research Library Partners and Special Invitees Only

Given the general austerity measures being taken by most institutions, we've been experimenting with the notion of holding more frequent regional update sessions rather than less frequent international ones. These have typically been scheduled around other events where we expect at least some of our Partners will be gathering in hopes that our Partner staff are able to stretch their travel budgets a little further and sta informed about current activities and participation opportunities within the Partnership. As many staff as possible from our Partner institutions are welcome to attend these briefings.

The agenda for this briefing meeting included updates on current work—including SHARES—plus ruminations and discussions on new and upcoming efforts.


  • 1:00 – 1:30 Welcome and Introductions — Nancy Elkington
  • 1:30 – 1:45 Introduction to the OCLC Research Library Partnership — Nancy
  • 1:45 – 2:30 Current and New Areas of Work — Merrilee Proffitt
  • 1:45 – 2:30 Current and New Areas of Work — Merrilee Proffitt
  • 3:00 – 3:30 SHARES Program — Current Partners and Current Issues — Dennis Massie
  • 3:30 – 3:45 Partnership Participation and Value — Nancy, Merrilee and Dennis
  • 3:45 – 4:00 Final Questions and Farewell — All

Location: University of North Texas Systems Facility Room 421

The University of North Texas Systems Facility is located at 1901 Main Street, about midway between North Harwood and North St Paul Streets. (Main Street is the separation between North and South.)
We met in Room 421 (4th Floor), reachable either by stairs or elevator.

Contact: Nancy Elkington, Merrilee Proffitt or Dennis_Massie

Friday, 20 January

Time Meeting

2:30–4:30 p.m. 

OCLC Research Library Partnership Metadata Managers Focus Group
By Invitation Only

Location: Omni Dallas Hotel, Fair Park 2

Contact: Karen Smith-Yoshimura

3:00–5:00 p.m. 

SHARES Roundtable
Open to OCLC Research Library Partners and Prospective Partners Only

Location: Omni Dallas Hotel, Trinity 4 Room

Contact: Dennis Massie

Saturday, 21 January

Time Meeting

4:00–5:30 p.m. 

Heads of Systems Meeting
For OCLC Research Library Partners Only

This meeting covered issues of interest to systems librarians of OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions, including OCLC services of particular importance to this group. It was open to anyone working in systems/IT, not just the heads of units.

Location: OCLC Suite (TBD)

Contact: Karen Smith-Yoshimura

Sunday, 22 January

Time Meeting

9:00–11:00 a.m. 

Research Planning and Review Committee Meeting (ACRL)

Lynn Silipigni Connaway chaired the meeing and moderated the session, "Let's Talk Trends: A Discussion of Higher Education Trends that Influence Academic Library Services and Systems."

Location: Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Majestic 03 Table 3

Contact: Lynn Silipigni Connaway

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

Top Technology Trends

Lorcan Dempsey was a panelist for this fun and casual discussion regarding technology trends to watch from some of today's foremost experts sponsored by LITA (Library and Information Technology Association).

Location: Dallas Convention Center, A201/202

Contact: Lorcan Dempsey