Join OCLC Research & WebJunction at ALA Midwinter in Seattle

Join OCLC in Seattle

Planning your ALA Midwinter 2019 schedule? Make sure to include OCLC Research and WebJunction in your plans—there are many opportunities to get the latest information on research projects and learning opportunities.

New at Midwinter: OCLC Power Hours in booth 2125! Each Power Hour begins with a 15-minute presentation by an OCLC expert, followed by the opportunity to have a conversation to connect the presentation to your library. OCLC Research and WebJunction staff will present three Power Hours, see the descriptions in the list below.

There is also a wide range of OCLC events in Seattle where you can learn more about OCLC initiatives and to connect with fellow members. Check out the full listing of OCLC events and register to attend the sessions.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

OCLC Linked Data Roundtable: Stories from the Front
10:30 – 11:30 am, The Conference Center at WSCC, Chelan 2
Join this OCLC hosted panel of experts to learn more about their current activities and recent experiences with linked data. Hear updates on OCLC's initiatives, an LC update on BIBFRAME, and more. Brief presentations by each panelist will be followed by time to ask questions of the panelists.

OCLC Power Hour: Supercharge Your Library's Storytimes
11:30 am, OCLC Booth 2125
Kathleen Gesinger, WebJunction Learning Community Manager; Brooke Doyle, WebJunction Project Coordinator
WebJunction has exciting news about Supercharged Storytimes, a research-based program that helps storytime providers enhance children’s (0-5) early literacy development. WebJunction will share free tools and materials as well as transformation stories from the field.  

OCLC Power Hour: Information Literacy: Visual Context Matters
1:00 pm, OCLC Booth 2125
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Director of Library Trends and User Research; Samuel Putnam, Assistant University Librarian, University of Florida; Joyce Kasman Valenza, PhD, Assistant Teaching Professor of Library and Information Science, Rutgers University
OCLC Research and partners at the University of Florida and Rutgers University are working together on a four-year IMLS-funded project. Initial results of a study of 175 STEM students from grade 4 through graduate school indicate that while students feel pretty confident identifying and judging the credibility of online resources, in reality students struggle with what researchers have coined “container collapse”—the lack of visual context and cues that print containers provide to help individuals identify a document’s origins and measure its value. Find out what this can mean for libraries and meet with some of the research team members.

Return to the Real: The Library as Social Connector (part of ALA's Symposium on the Future of Libraries)
3:00 - 4:00 pm, Washington State Convention Center, Room 607
Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Programs Manager; Jennifer Peterson, WebJunction Community Manager
Studies show an increase in loneliness and depression because of too much time spent online. Communities experience steady erosion of the bonds formed when people share real-time activities together, which affects our health and well-being. As a magnet for social connection, libraries offer that sense of community and shared place that humans as social animals crave. Active learning programs that offer participatory activities to enhance individual learning can go further to cement social connection when people are learning and doing together. This session will explore library programs through the lens of social possibilities, with the goal of strengthening community bonds.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

OCLC Power Hour: Learning on the Go-Go-Go
11:00 am, OCLC Booth 2125
Jennifer Peterson, WebJunction Community Manager
When an active library keeps staff busy all day, who has time to stop and learn? Yet the ever-changing and emerging needs that keep us busy also make learning imperative. Join this interactive session with OCLC’s WebJunction to explore resources and strategies for integrating learning into your workday, and motivating others to do the same. Taking a flexible approach to lifelong learning is a great way to have fun and to apply new skills that benefit and impact you, the library and your community.

Community, Equity, and Storytimes (part of ALA's Symposium on the Future of Libraries)
1:00 - 2:00 pm, Washington State Convention Center, Room 609
CiKeithia Pugh, Early Learning Program Manager, The Seattle Public Library; Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Programs Manager
Leading for equity means examining our library practices and policies with an equity lens. This shift in practice moves away from viewing our services as merely transactional and instead builds them in partnership with community. This interactive session will highlight the Seattle Public Library’s work to prioritize community voices and equitable partnerships to create relevant, responsive youth services programming. We'll also explore how Supercharged Storytimes is applying an equity lens to a training program that builds the skills and knowledge of storytime providers across the country as they nurture early literacy skills in the readers of the future.

Monday, 28 January 2019

OCLC Research Update
10:30 - 11:30 am, Washington State Convention Center, Room 615-617
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Director of Library Trends and User Research
OCLC Research is dedicated exclusively to examining the challenges and issues currently facing libraries as well as looking at new and emerging areas of librarianship. In this OCLC Research Update, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Director of Library Trends and User Research, provides overviews of several active projects and explores new (or new again) areas for libraries including discovery and access, open access/open content, research information management, research data management, information literacy, and how libraries are responding to the opioid crisis in their communities. Additionally, Karen Smith-Yoshimura will present emerging trends in linked data that were revealed in a recent survey, and Betha Gutsche will share the inspirational transformations that small public libraries made to their libraries as part of an IMLS grant-funded project now beginning a second round. We’ll also take your questions on these and other areas that OCLC Research is working on.

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