Attend OCLC Research presentations at Best of Show 2013: An OCLC Virtual Conference 31 July-1 Aug

OCLC presents “Best of Show 2013,” a two-day virtual conference bringing together librarians from across the globe. These free online sessions are live encore presentations of OCLC’s best Web sessions, in-person meetings and conference events so far this year. This event gives librarians the opportunity to further share information learned with a larger group of peers and to explore new ideas that will help advance the value of library services. 

A total of seven online sessions will be held over two days. Each session will be 45 minutes in length followed by a 15-minute break. We invite you to attend the following three sessions by OCLC Research staff:

Wednesday, 31 July

  • 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. This session will provide a focused presentation on the following noteworthy projects by these Research staff:
    • 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

  • 12:00-12:45 pm ET - 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.

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.

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

For more information:

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research