APR 23

OCLC RLP Research Retreat: An Opportunity to Engage, Reflect, & Plan

The OCLC Research Library Partnership hosted a “research retreat” on 23 and 24 April, in Dublin, Ohio.

This event has passed. View the slides below.


To effectively position the research library as a valuable partner in the knowledge creation enterprise, an understanding of the research library environment as well as the trends impacting the higher education and scholarly communications ecosystems is key. It is critical to see the library needs in the context of its networks, its current reach, and its potential influence.  

But seeing the “big picture” needed to effectively strategize and lead is extremely difficult when managing the operational day to day. And it’s impossible to keep up with—much less reflect upon—the overwhelming amount of research that is intended to support you.

What if you had a day to engage, reflect, and connect with peers, having productive, thoughtful discussions around core topics central to informing your leadership? And an opportunity to reflect on your library and who to leverage your networks for greater impact?

The OCLC Research Library Partnership hosted a “research retreat” on 23 and 24 April, in Dublin, Ohio, that offers research library leaders

  • A synthesis of principal “big picture” issues informing research libraries today
  • A structured format with time to reflect on how OCLC Research findings inform leadership at your own institution
  • A collective and supportive environment for doing this together, with other library leaders at RLP institutions
  • An opportunity to inform how the OCLC RLP provides future support

Tuesday, 23 April - OCLC Headquarters, Kilgour Place, Dublin

OCLC Research Retreat Reception
5:45 p.m. Check in
6:00 p.m. Program (Kilgour Auditorium)

  • Welcome and preview of research retreat—Rachel Frick, OCLC Research
  • Demographic shifts in research libraries – what does it all mean?—Stanley Wilder, Louisiana State University Libraries

6:30-7:30 p.m. Reception

Wednesday, 24 April - OCLC Conference Center

8:30-9:00 a.m. Coffee and light fare
9:00 a.m. Welcome, Rachel Frick, OCLC Research
9:30 a.m.

The Evolving Scholarly Record and The Utility of OCLC Research Models, Keith Webster, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries

10:30 a.m. World Café
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m.

Digging into the Research: An overview of models and networks, OCLC Research Staff

2:15 p.m. Proaction Café
4:30 p.m. Adjourn

Thursday & Friday, 25-26 April

OCLC ResearchWorks: Shaping an applied research agenda 
ResearchWorks is convening practitioners and disciplinary researchers to help shape an applied research agenda that charts engagement with data science and a range of computational methods. The possibilities for libraries and their users are many.

Start Date

23 April 2019

End Date

24 April 2019


OCLC, Dublin, Ohio


Conference Center at OCLC, Lakeside Room.

23 April 2019 (OCLC Headquarters, Kilgour Place, Dublin)
6:00-8:00 p.m. Reception

24 April 2019 (OCLC Conference Center)
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Retreat


Hotel Registration

AC Hotel Columbus Dublin


Transportation will be provided to/from the hotel and each venue (more details coming soon)