OCLC Research Library Partnership Session at the
2012 EMEA Regional Council Meeting

28 February 2012

At the time of this meeting there were over 150 institutions affiliated with the OCLC Research Library Partnership from Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Rim and North America. The 2012 EMEA Regional Council Meeting (EMEARC) offered a special opportunity to hear from staff of three Partner institutions about what drew them to the Partnership, how they are engaging with other institutions both nearby and far away, and their specific ideas about value accruing to those who are active participants.

Led by OCLC Research Senior Program Officer Titia van der Werf, this session:

  • Provided a baseline understanding of the purpose and scope of the OCLC Research Library Partnership;
  • Shared three distinct points of view on the value of collaborative work undertaken by the Partnership; and
  • Responded to general questions about Partnership, affiliation, costs and returns on investment.

Attendees of the EMEARC meeting were invited to attend this OCLC Research Library Partnership session from 9:30-11:15 a.m. on 28 February. The session agenda is below.


Tuesday, 28 Feburary

Time Meeting
9:30-9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Overview
Titia van der Werf, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research

9:45-10:00 a.m.

Emerging Practices for Single Search Access
Margaret Savage-Jones, Library Systems Manager, Wellcome Library

Margaret talked about her efforts on the Partnership's Single Search Working Group whose goal was to identify emerging practices for institutions wishing to provide single search access to library, archive and museum collections. A report was published summarizing this work. The Wellcome Library has been affiliated with the Partnership since 1999.

10:00-10:15 a.m.

Question and Answer

10:15-10:30 a.m.

Social Media Contributions to Metadata on the Network Level
Marja Musson, Metadata Manager, Collection Processing & Public Services, International Institute of Social History

Marja talked about her work as a member of the Partnership's Social Metadata Working Group who identified the issues needing resolution in order to communicate and share users' social media contributions to metadata on the network level. The working group reviewed dozens of social media sites and analyzed success metrics, content, policy, and vocabulary issues. Parts 1 and 2 of a 3-part report have been published summarizing this work. The International Institute of Social History has been affiliated with the Partnership since 1996.

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Question and Answer

10:45-11:00 a.m.

SHARES Interlending and Document Supply Program
Poul Erlandsen, Head of Section, ILL, Royal Library of Denmark

Poul talked about the attractions of participating in the SHARES interlending and document supply program. This 20-year old international program enables participating institutions to agree on prices, procedures and policies; monitor their own performance; and manage work flow to support increased lending activities. A full listing of participating SHARES institutions will be available in the session. The Royal Library of Denmark has been affiliated with the Partnership since 2010.

11:00-11:15 a.m.

Question and Answer

11:15 a.m.