On-demand OCLC Research Update sessions at ALA Annual 2021

Watch OCLC Research’s on-demand sessions at ALA Annual (June 23 – 29, 2021). Browse the session descriptions below—including the latest OCLC Research update—and be sure to add them to your conference scheduler so you don’t miss us.

OCLC Research Update
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Learn about the latest efforts from OCLC Research to help library staff and decision makers navigate destabilized ecosystems and influence positive change in libraries and librarianship. The session will include "lightning talks" on:

  • The near-term impact of our Access to Civil Legal Justice training program  
  • The Reimagine Descriptive Workflows convening to improve racial equity in descriptive practices, tools, infrastructure and workflows
  • Approaches to developing a suite of on-demand courses on the digital stewardship lifecycle for small rural public and tribal libraries 
  • Our research-in-progress on New Model Libraries impacted by the pandemic


    Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Director of Library Trends and User Research (OCLC)
    Rachel L. Frick, Executive Director OCLC Research Library Partnership (OCLC)
    Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Programs Manager (OCLC)
    Dale Musselman, WebJunction Learning Manager (OCLC)
    Mercy Procaccini, Program Officer OCLC Research Library Partnership (OCLC)
    Janice Welburn, Dean of Libraries, Raynor Memorial Libraries, Marquette University

Reimagining Description for Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections: An Anti-Racist Approach
On Demand: Tech Talk Stage

OCLC will share our efforts to learn and advance knowledge toward anti-racist approaches to descriptive workflows and discuss an initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and OCLC that will produce a consultative community agenda on approaches to anti-racist descriptive workflows.  


    Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Manager OCLC Research Library Partnership (OCLC)
    Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President Global Product Management (OCLC)

Wikipedia Shaming: Authority Dilemmas Across Educational Stages
On Demand: Tech Talk Stage

As Wikipedia reaches maturity, celebrating its 21st birthday this coming year, isn't it time to consider its adulthood? Results from our research of 175 students, which used a simulated set of Google search results to see how students select and judge resources for a research project, suggest we should reconsider this collaborative reference tool’s value.


    Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Director of Library Trends and User Research (OCLC)
    Christopher Cyr, Associate Research Scientist (OCLC)
    Joyce Kasman Valenza, Associate Professor of Teaching, Rutgers University
    Rachel Elrod, Associate Chair of Departmental Libraries & Director of the Education Library, University of Florida