OCLC Research Update at ALA Midwinter 2015

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This presentation took place at ALA Midwinter 2015 in Chicago on Monday, 2 February from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the McCormick Place Convention Center, Room W183c. The agenda included:

  • Introduction—Consulting Project Manager Eric Childress provided a quick overview of current key highlights from OCLC Research.

  • The Shared Print Advisory Council—Research Scientist Constance Malpas described the work of this council, which was convened in 2014 to provide community guidance on emerging infrastructure and service requirements for building and managing shared print collections.

  • Is ILL Dying Off? Some Clues From the Borrow Direct Consortium—Program Officer Dennis Massie gave an overview of how OCLC Research analyzed a five years’ worth of collection-sharing activity by the eleven members of the Borrow Direct consortium to confirm if the proliferation of e-resources in libraries is actually making interlibrary loan obsolete. 

  • Data Designed for Discovery—Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant  described some current problems that libraries have with OCLC's bibliographic data and how new techniques are being used to solve those problems. Using the principles outlined in Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) as well as modern technology components such as Hadoop and linked data, OCLC is transforming the data assets of WorldCat to better enable bibliographic exploration and discovery.

  • Q&A


02 February 2015


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Central Standard Time, North America [UTC -6]