For libraries and other research institutions who want to invest money and staff in collaboratively designing their future services, the OCLC Research Library Partnership is a global alliance of like-minded institutions that focuses on making operational processes more efficient and shaping new scholarly services by directly engaging senior managers. The OCLC Research Library Partnership is supported by the full capacities of OCLC Research, informed by an international, system-wide perspective and connected to the broad array of OCLC products and services.
Below is a sample of some of the activities, current and past, that have been supported by the OCLC Research Library Partnership:
OCLC Research recognizes the growing importance of Research Information Management (RIM) to research libraries, and is conducting research on behalf of the library community in order to better understand library roles and institutional needs in this rapidly changing ecosystem.
This work modeled requirements for increased institutional reliance on shared print and digital repositories, based on a case study of a single consumer institution and two representative print and digital suppliers. It offered recommendations for broader adoption of interdependent collection management regimes in the cloud.
This work characterized the generic business requirements for managing physical research library collections as a shared network resource.
This project focuses on enhancing the effective management of born-digital materials as they intersect with special collections and archives practices in research libraries.
OCLC Research, in collaboration with staff from OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions, is creating a Web based tool that will allow library administrators and practitioners to better understand the costs of sharing collections. This work is part of a suite of OCLC Research activities aimed at Understanding the System-wide Library.
This activity is designed to leverage the multilingual content of WorldCat® so that bibliographic information can be presented in the preferred language and script of the user.
An investigation into ways that libraries can support researchers' data needs and institutional needs for dataset curation.
SHARES is a membership-wide program of expedited, cost-saving interlibrary lending that also develops innovative new methods to improve collections sharing.
Events and webinars
OCLC Research sponsors and shapes events specifically for the OCLC Research Library Partnership. Some recent examples:
- Introduction to Wikidata for Librarians: This webinar will be of interest to metadata libraries, digital library developers, those interested in linked data and identifiers, and those tracking emerging trends in librarianship.
- Sharing Special Collections Materials via Resource Sharing: Librarians involved in SHARES, the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), and the Ivy Plus Libraries share freely available tools and implemented programs to facilitate the sharing of rare, and often deeply needed, items.
- Overview of Three Areas of Research by the OCLC Research Library Partnership: This webinar focuses on three areas: our new research and learning agenda for archives and special collections, research information management, and the university futures, library futures project.
- Outcomes from the OCLC Research Library Partnership Web Archiving Metadata Working Group: This webinar focuses on the recommendations for descriptive metadata that uniquely meet the needs of web content.
- Using OCLC Work IDs for Discovery: This webinar provides the history of this project, the mechanics of its implementation, and the potential for greater, more effective use of these identifiers.
- Research Information Management and the Role of the Library: This webinar provides an overview of the the OCLC Research position paper Research Information Management: Defining RIM and the Library's Role and discusses the value proposition and role of libraries in RIM, as demonstrated through a specific case study from La Trobe University.
A number of subscription e-mail and discussion lists have been developed for staff at OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions to support continuing conversations about our work, share updates and solicit volunteers for new activities.