View the video and slides of the presentation by Eric Childress, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Jeff Mixter and Karen Smith-Yoshimura to learn more about some of our current projects.
The OCLC Research Update at ALA Midwinter 2016 took place on Monday, 11 January from 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 253C.
The agenda included:
- OCLC Research Overview – Consulting Project Manager Eric Childress served as master of ceremonies and provided a quick overview of current OCLC Research highlights.
- The Library in the Life of the User – Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway spoke about the need for libraries to reposition themselves in the lives of users by providing services for how people actually live, work and engage with technology and described opportunities for repositioning in three contexts: workflow, personal and environmental.
- Turning Bibliographic Descriptions into Actionable Knowledge – Software Engineer Jeff Mixter explained recent work toward making linked data usable for end-users and library applications and services in a two-phased research project. He summarized the creation of a bibliographic knowledge vault that can be leveraged to enhance users’ experiences in searching, discovering and interacting with library information and then described the progress creating EntityJS, a prototype application using library linked data from the knowledge vault.
- Working with OCLC Research Library Partners on Organizational Identifiers – Senior Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura described the challenges an OCLC Research Partner working group is addressing, focusing on the need for universities to be correctly linked to their researchers. Among other goals, ensuring correct affiliation can help universities control their public image and fulfill their objectives in improving university rankings and impact.