Attend the OCLC Research Update at ALA Midwinter to learn about some of our latest noteworthy projects

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If you're attending ALA Midwinter 2015 in Chicago, be sure to attend the OCLC Research Update on Monday, 2 February from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the McCormick Place Convention Center, Room W183c. The agenda includes:

  • Introduction—Consulting Project Manager Eric Childress will provide a quick overview of current key highlights from OCLC Research.

  • The Shared Print Advisory Council—Research Scientist Constance Malpas will describe the work of this council, which was convened in 2014 to provide community guidance on emerging infrastructure and service requirements for building and managing shared print collections.

  • Is ILL Dying Off? Some Clues From the Borrow Direct Consortium—Program Officer Dennis Massie will give an overview of how OCLC Research analyzed a five years’ worth of collection-sharing activity by the eleven members of the Borrow Direct consortium to confirm if the proliferation of e-resources in libraries is actually making interlibrary loan obsolete. 

  • Data Designed for Discovery—Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant will describe some current problems that libraries have with OCLC's bibliographic data and how new techniques are being used to solve those problems. Using the principles outlined in Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) as well as modern technology components such as Hadoop and linked data, OCLC is transforming the data assets of WorldCat to better enable bibliographic exploration and discovery.

  • Q&A

Register to attend this and other OCLC sessions at ALA Midwinter 2015, including the Americas Regional Council Annual Meeting and OCLC Symposium, Research in Context, on Friday, 30 January 2015 from 1-4 p.m. at which Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist, and Chrystie Hill, Director, OCLC Community Relations, will discuss how research activities can move beyond insights into action.  

For more information:

Eric Childress
Consulting Project Manager
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research