OCLC Research Headlines and Hosts Events in Australia

Thomas Padilla

The 2019 OCLC Research & Resource Sharing Forum will be held 11 February at the University of Sydney, immediately prior to the ALIA Information Online 2019 Conference. The forum will kick off with a high-level discussion of recent OCLC Research work, highlighting trends and strategic challenges. Participants will hear from industry leaders, and OCLC will present a strategic update on products and services. The afternoon will be broken out into two tracks, one on OCLC ILL products and services, the other will be led by the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) and will cover research data management (RDM) and research support services. 

The latter track will feature Senior Program Officer Rebecca Bryant, who will present on recent research related to RDM practices, particularly the Realities of Research Data Management report series. She will also incorporate recent findings from the Practices and Patterns in Research Information Management report, with a particular focus on ANZ practices and distinctions. Additionally, Bryant and RLP Program Officer Dennis Massie will facilitate action-oriented discussions about issues related to RDM and research support using structured activities designed to harness collective intelligence, while simultaneously offering rich relationship-building opportunities.

After the forum concludes, the RLP representatives including Bryant, Massie, and RLP Executive Director Rachel Frick, will join the ALIA Information Online 2019 Conference in Sydney 11-15 February. The event will feature a pre-conference workshop on 11 February led by OCLC Director of Library Trends and User Research Lynn Silipigni Connaway on ethnographic data collection and analysis techniques. The hands-on workshop will provide an overview of ethnographic techniques, such as observation, mapping, diaries, and usability testing, and will allow participants to try these different techniques for studying their library users and potential users.   

As part of the ALIA Conference, Connaway will also present the keynote speech “Beyond the Survey: Using Qualitative Research Methods to Support Evidence-Based Practice” on 14 February. In the keynote, Connaway will discuss different qualitative research methods used in collaborative projects, the findings that emerged from the data provided by both library users and potential users, and how these findings can inform libraries’ strategic planning and offerings.

Stay tuned to the OCLC Research website—slides from the presentations will be posted after the events.


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