APR 21

OCLC RLP Research Retreat

Due to travel restrictions, we have decided to cancel the RLP meeting.

This event has been cancelled.


Understanding the research library environment and trends that impact higher education and scholarly communications is key to effectively position the research library as a valuable partner in the knowledge creation enterprise. It is critical to see the library's 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 how to leverage your networks for greater impact?

The OCLC Research Library Partnership will host a “research retreat” on 21 and 22 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, 21 April - OCLC Headquarters, Kilgour Place, Dublin

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Kilgour building

OCLC Research Retreat Kickoff and Reception

Speaker: Monica McCormick, Associate University Librarian for Publishing, Preservation, Research and Digital Access, University of Delaware

(optional tours of the OCLC Data Center and OCLC Library will be offered during this time)

Wednesday, 22 April - OCLC Conference Center, Lakeside Room

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Gather for coffee and registration
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This segment will include presentations from Lynn Silipigni Connaway,Director of Library Trends and User Research, and Cathy King, Executive Director, Delivery Services 

Lynn Silipigni Connaway will highlight the findings from the OCLC user research studies conducted from 2003 through the present and how some themes have remained constant and others have changed as technology and consumer services have evolved. Cathy King will discuss the findings of the OCLC global open content survey. Learn how these findings from our research can help to shape how libraries provide discovery and access to local, external, and shared collections based on user behaviors.

After presentations and discussion we will move into Art of Hosting inspired ideation mode. 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Meetings continued
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Next steps, wrap up

Start Date

21 April 2020

End Date

22 April 2020


OCLC, Dublin, Ohio


21 April - OCLC Kilgour Building
22 April - Conference Center, Lakeside Room

Hotel Registration

Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin
5100 Upper Metro Place
Dublin, OH 43017

Hotel reservation link
Or call the Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin direct at 614-790-9000 for reservations, reference code CL1 when booking phone reservations.

Rate includes: In room WiFi, breakfast buffet and complimentary parking.


Transportation will be provided to/from the hotel and each venue