Senior Research Scientist
Brian joined OCLC Research in 1996. Since that time, he has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from the development of OCLC's Four-Figure Cutter Tables and automated cuttering tools, to analyzing the structure and content of the World Wide Web. Brian's academic background is in economics; he has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics. Brian's current research interests include analysis of aggregate collections, economic issues associated with information and the provision of information services, system-wide organization of library resources, and digital preservation.
16 January 2020
Brian Lavoie, Lorcan Dempsey, Constance Malpas
Collective collections are the combined holdings of a group of libraries, analyzed and possibly managed as a unified resource. Constructing, understanding, and operationalizing collective collections is an increasingly important aspect of collection management for many libraries. This article presents some general insights about collective collections, drawn from a series of studies conducted by OCLC.
26 September 2019
In this position paper, Lavoie traces the contours of the US and Canadian collective print book collection—the collective print book holdings of all libraries in the US and Canada whose collections are registered in WorldCat. The paper examines the US/Canadian collective print book collection for insight and trends and includes a new rendering of the mega-regional map of US/Canadian Collective Print Book Collections.
21 May 2019
OCLC Research identified 10.9 million Canadian publications using WorldCat and mapped this information with Wikidata to trace shifting cultural patterns over time. This report analyzes distinctive features of Canadian publications to examine the Canadian influence on the collective public record.