Watch: RIM, Shared Print, Equity, and More Initiatives Featured in 2017's Works in Progress Webinars

One of the benefits of being an OCLC Research Library Partnership institution is the ability to participate in live webinars featuring research currently in progress at OCLC Research and in partner libraries around the world. This year featured nine webinars, all of which were recorded and are available for anyone to watch at any time. From research information management to “decolonizing” classification schemes to shared print, take time to watch 2017’s Works in Progress Webinars.

Research Information Management and Research Data Management

Research Information Management at Duke University: A Researcher-centered Approach

Duke University Libraries have worked collaboratively with other campus units to aggregate and manage research information to make knowledge produced by Duke researchers more broadly and openly available, help researchers build their reputations, archive copies of Duke scholarship, and to help researchers find collaborators, students find mentors, and journalists, policy makers, and the general public find experts. In this webinar presentation, Duke University Libraries share how they have led campus initiatives to aggregate and manage campus research information to support open access, help researchers build their reputations, archive Duke scholarship, and enable expertise discovery.

Research Information Management and the Role of the Library

Research information management (RIM), also often called Current Research Information Systems (CRISs) or Research Profiling System (RPS), is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of metadata about research activities. This webinar complements the OCLC Research position paper Research Information Management: Defining RIM and the Library's Role. In this webinar, author Rebecca Bryant provides an overview of the position paper and discusses the value proposition and role of libraries in RIM, as demonstrated through a specific case study from La Trobe University.

Policy Realities in Research Data Management

An important and often overlooked part of research data management service provision by libraries is policy engagement, including the examination and support for diverse local, academic, disciplinary, funder-driven, national, and even international policies. In this webinar presentation, Heidi Imker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Jacquelijn Ringersma, Wageningen University & Research, focus on how their two research universities are developing RDM policies for accession, use and preservation, as well as how they provide support for academic policies such as DMP requirements for doctoral students. This webinar complements the four-part series of reports by OCLC Research titled The Realities of Research Data Management, in which findings are based on case studies of four institutions, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Wageningen University & Research.


Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Works in Progress Webinar: Umbra Search African American History

University of Minnesota Libraries discuss the project Umbra Search African American History (, an effort to facilitate access to African American history through a website and search widget; digitization of over 500,000 items; and workshops and public forums locally and around the country about access to culturally diverse collections. UMN colleagues share lessons learned and strategies for streamlining access to digital collections, building productive institutional and community partnerships, and facilitating use of primary source materials with diverse audiences.

Works in Progress Webinar: Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Work in the MIT Libraries’ Collections Directorate

In 2016, the Collections Directorate of the MIT Libraries explored how they could go beyond hiring and programming to manifest these values in our daily work. Staff representing each area of their directorate—archives, technical services, preservation, scholarly communication, and collections strategy—worked together on a Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DISJ) Task Force. In the webinar, MIT librarians share task force definitions, a high-level overview of our process and recommendations, and a progress report on implementation, with a focus on the work of the Scholarly Communication and Collections Strategy department.

Works in Progress Webinar: Decolonizing Descriptions: Finding, Naming and Changing the Relationship between Indigenous People, Libraries and Archives

Libraries and archives in Canada are taking up the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to unsettle our practice by addressing the ways in which established subject heading systems perpetuate colonial beliefs and structures. In this webinar, colleagues from two decolonizing initiatives at different stages—the Association for Manitoba Archives (AMA) and the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL)—discuss their work to more accurately, appropriately, and respectfully represent Indigenous peoples and contexts in subject terminology.


Analytics, Shared Print, Resource Discovery

Works in Progress Webinar: More Accurately Measuring Item Downloads from Institutional Repositories

Researchers from Montana State University, OCLC Research, the University of New Mexico and the Association of Research Libraries have developed a new web service that accurately measures item downloads from institutional repositories (IR). The web service called RAMP (Repository Analytics and Metrics Portal) represents a dramatic improvement in web analytics. Project leads Kenning Arlitsch, Montana State University, and Jeff Mixter, OCLC Research, give a tour of this prototype service in this webinar.

Works in Progress Webinar: HathiTrust and Shared Print

HathiTrust is implementing a shared print agreement among its members to secure long-term availability of print volumes corresponding to HathiTrust digital holdings. Shared Print Program Officer Lizanne Payne describes the current status (dozens of libraries committing to retain millions of volumes!) and discusses future plans and issues for HathiTrust and other shared print agreements.

Works in Progress Webinar: Using OCLC Work IDs for Discovery

In fall 2014, the Cornell University Library arranged with OCLC Research for access to a concordance of OCLC Work IDs and WorldCat system control numbers. After downloading this database to a local server, staff in the Library’s IT division leveraged its contents to cluster works (editions, formats, translations) in Cornell’s Blacklight discovery system. In this webinar, the presenters review the history of this project, the mechanics of its implementation, and the potential for greater, more effective use of these identifiers.

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