Lorcan Dempsey's slides from Offline Conference keynote now available

OCLC Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist Lorcan Dempsey presented "Scale, engagement, innovation: library directions" at the Montana Library Association's Offline Conference on 7 February 2014 in Helena, Montana.

Key highlights from the presentation include:

  • Montana in the cultural record: fictional accounts of ranch life, Indian wars
  • Libraries deliver distinctive value locally by maximizing efficiency and impact collectively
  • Libraries are "unbundling"—externalizing back-office operations, focusing on distinctive value creation
  • Rightscaling library infrastructure, innovation: above-the-institution solutions enable increased engagement
  • Libraries support community knowledge creation—curating collective collection, mobilizing institutional expertise
  • Outside-in, inside-out: library focus shifts from acquiring externally created content toward disclosing internally curated assets  


Download the .pptx file (26MB/73 slides) of Lorcan's "Scale, engagement, innovation: library directions" presentation or view it on SlideShare.

The theme of this year's Offline conference was "What's Next for Montana's Libraries: Pieces of the Pie" which encouraged attendees to ponder what's on the horizon that scales successfully statewide and encourages resource sharing and collaboration.

For more information:

Lorcan Dempsey
Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research


Quick links

Lorcan Dempsey's "Scale, engagement, innovation: library directions" slides

  • Download (.pptx: 26MB/73 slides) [link]
  • View on SlideShare [link]

Montana Library Association’s Offline Conference [link]

Lorcan Dempsey [link]