JUL 31

OCLC Research at Best of Show 2013: An OCLC Virtual Conference

OCLC presents “Best of Show,” a two-day event bringing together librarians from all over the world

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31 July-1 August

OCLC presents “Best of Show,” a two-day event bringing together librarians from all over the world. These free online sessions are live encore presentations of OCLC’s best 2013 Web sessions and in-person conferences and meetings so far this year. The event consists of seven online sessions over two days—all of which are free of cost.

Each session is 45 minutes in length followed by a 15-minute break. Conference sessions utilize WebEx and broadcast the presenters’ slides and audio online. A computer, Internet connection, headphones and/or computer speakers are required to access the sessions. All sessions will be recorded.

The following OCLC Research staff will present at the Best of Show sessions listed below:

See the Best of Show agenda for complete details, register to attend the live sessions or request the recordings.

Start Date

31 July 2013

End Date

01 August 2013


Online via Webex

Wednesday, 31 July

Time Session

1:00-1:45 pm ET

Leveraging WorldCat: Data Mining the Largest Library Database in the World with Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant

Hear about some of the efforts—an illustration of the power of mining shared library data—that OCLC Research has undertaken to maximize WorldCat’s value by processing data in interesting ways to create new services.

3:00-3:45 pm ET

OCLC Research Update

OCLC Research is one of the world’s leading research centers addressing issues of importance to libraries and archives. This session will provide a focused presentation on the following noteworthy projects:

  • Introduction and OCLC Research Overview by Consulting Program Manager Eric Childress
  • Walk This Way: Detailed Steps for Transferring Born-Digital Content from Media You Can Read In-house with Senior Program Officer Ricky Erway
  • Tiers for Fears: Sensible, Streamlined Sharing of Special Collections with Program Officer Dennis Massie
  • Oh Lord! Please Don't Let MARC Be Misunderstood with Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant


Thursday, 1 August

Time Session

12:00-12:45 pm

Why Google?: “…[Google] saved time, it saved gas, I got what I needed, and it wasn't a big deal.” with Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway

The ways people acquire information are changing from national to global, linear to linked and print to digital. Librarians need to develop new ways of providing services and systems to meet the needs of library users and to attract library non-users.