This year, Chicago welcomes the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition from June 22 through 27. In addition to hundreds of library staff, OCLC will participate in many ways from sessions to receptions to exhibitor.
In fact, the Membership and Research Division, which includes WebJunction, the OCLC Research Library Partnership and many researchers and subject matter experts, will be there to present work on a range of subjects. Read on for highlights and if you are planning to go, we'd love to see you!
OCLC Linked Data Roundtable: Stories from the Front
Saturday, June 24 10:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. (details)
Location: McCormick Place West Building, Room W193
Join the conversation hosted by OCLC’s John Chapman, Senior Product Manager, Metadata Services as Amber Billey, Metadata Librarian from Columbia University, shares her current activities and recent experiences with linked data. Hear updates on OCLC's initiatives from Karen Smith-Yoshimura, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research, and an update on BIBFRAME from LC’s Jodi Williamschen, Senior Technical Metadata Standards Specialist, plus much more.
ERT Program — Makerspaces & Active Learners
Saturday, June 24 3:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. (details)
Location: McCormick Place West Building, Room W183c
Looking to create a dynamic space for hands-on learning at your public or school library? Join WebJunction, Demco and a group of all-star library staff to learn from the experiences of small and rural libraries about how to start or sustain your library's makerspace. Discover how design thinking can help address your community's learning needs. You'll leave this interactive panel session with practical ideas for programming, equipment, space design and more!
Faceted Subject Access Interest Group (ALCTS CaMMS)
Saturday, June 24 4:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. (details)
Location: Hilton Chicago, Continental B
Eric Childress, Consulting Community Manager will provide an update on the FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) project.
ALA Annual Conversation Starter: Leveraging Wikipedia for Libraries
Sunday, June 25, 2017 — 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (details)
Location: McCormick Place, W183a
What are the relationships between libraries and Wikipedia? What can Wikipedia do for libraries? This panel lays out histories, lessons learned and possibilities for future collaboration between libraries and Wikipedia, the "free" online collaborative encyclopedia that is the sixth-most trafficked internet property globally. Panel presentations offer perspectives about engagement from an academic library, a special library, and public libraries, to describe how engaging with Wikipedia can augment the vision and mission of libraries writ large in our contemporary social milieu. Four panelists will be featured including Monika Sengul-Jones, Wikipedian-in-Residence at OCLC, who will speak about the Wikipedia + Libraries project.
Ignite Session — Get Smart: Transform Your Library for Active Learning
Sunday, June 25, 2017 — 11:30 a.m. to noon
Location: McCormick Place, W183a
Ignite your library space for active learning, where community members co-create, participate in hands-on learning, and strengthen social connections. Learn about the dynamic experiences of fifteen small libraries, who re-imagined and reconfigured "smart spaces," using a combination of placemaking and design thinking principles and strategies. You too can follow the steps they took to uncover community needs, interpret the input, generate ideas and prototype those ideas with simple, low-cost materials. The presentation by Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Program Manager, will draw from the real experiences of libraries participating in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project, with before-and-after photos to illustrate their transformations.
Update on Value of Academic Libraries Initiative (ACRL)
Sunday, June 25, 2017 — 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (details)
Location: McCormick Place, S102
Hear the final report on ACRL's "Action-Oriented Research Agenda on Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success." A team from OCLC Research—which ACRL selected to design, develop and deliver the new action-oriented agenda—has been working since August 2016 and now is ready to present the agenda and corresponding data visualization component. The team includes Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., OCLC Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research; Stephanie Mikitish, Ph.D., Rutgers University – Newark; William Harvey, Ph.D., OCLC Consulting Software Engineer; Vanessa Kitzie, Ph.D., University of South Carolina. Jaime Hammond, Chair, Value of Academic Libraries Committee, will moderate the session.
Training Showcase: Best Practices & Social Hour (LearnRT)
Sunday, June 25, 2017 — 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (details)
Location: McCormick Place, Exhibit Floor-Special Events Area
Join WebJunction and other training organizations to chat, share tips and showcase best practices in library training, learning and continuing education. WebJunction will host a training talk table featuring the Wikipedia + Libraries project. Join WebJunction's library cohort for fun, effective training on Wikipedia. Enjoy free food and drink, and network with other trainers and learners; bring your materials, best practices and challenging training situations to this fast-paced, fun, welcoming event!
OCLC Research Update
Monday, June 26, 2017 — 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (details)
Location: McCormick Place West Building, Room W183b
OCLC Research, one of the world's leading research groups devoted to challenges facing libraries and archives, will present overviews of several active research projects. Topics will include defining the research data management service space, challenges in measuring institutional repository usage, and an upcoming online training program that will introduce public librarians to Wikipedia. Following the briefings, audience members will be invited to offer comments and ask questions. Please RSVP for this special event.
More OCLC events and sessions
OCLC is hosting many sessions and events that present great opportunities to connect with your colleagues and span subjects such as resource sharing, cataloging, linked data, shared print, data-driven website design, linked data and more.
Learn more about these OCLC events and RSVP here.