Are We Reconfigured Yet? US Research Libraries–Priorities, Trends, Directions Webinar Outputs Available

The recording, slides, chat transcript, archived tweets and links to additional resources from this OCLC Research Library Partnership webinar are available below as well as on the "Are We Reconfigured Yet? US Research Libraries – Priorities, Trends, Directions" webinar page. The webinar recording is also available on YouTube and in iTunes.

In this webinar, OCLC Research Library Partnership Vice President Jim Michalko shares a synthesis of the priorities and trends affecting US research libraries in the twenty-first century, the directions they are taking, and the ways in which OCLC Research seeks to respond to these concerns and advance the desired directions. This synthesis is based on a series of interviews that Jim conducted with the senior staff at more than 65 OCLC Research Library Partner institutions, as well as surveys by OCLC staff and visits to institutions by OCLC field staff. Jim observed a surprisingly strong convergence of concern around a small number of issues despite differences in library size, constituencies, funding and geography. This suggests that a new pattern of investment has begun that will result in a new portfolio of library services. The exact service offerings vary from institution to institution as they take shape through close attention to and engagement with the local institutional mission and the needs of the local constituency.

OCLC Research Library Partners who attended this webinar were invited to suggest specific areas in which OCLC Research could usefully devote effort to this shared problem space.

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Jim Michalko
Vice President
OCLC Research Library Partnership

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research