2021 OCLC Research Publications List

    Gli effetti della pandemia stanno accelerando lo sviluppo delle collezioni?

    12 November 2021

    Lorcan Dempsey

    In this article, we consider collections in relation to three different points of view and we briefly present three further methodologies of transversal development of collections: optimization, pluralization, and reading computation of large-scale data

    Interview: Collection Directions and Pandemic Effects

    12 November 2021

    Lorcan Dempsey

    In this interview, Lorcan Dempsey discusses his recent work and views on collection directions and how the worldwide pandemic has changed and accelerated trends. 

    Research Information Management in the United States

    11 November 2021

    Rebecca Bryant, Jan Fransen, Pablo de Castro, Brenna Helmstutler, David Scherer

    This two-part report series provides a first-of-its-kind documentation of research information management (RIM) practices at US research universities, presenting a thorough examination of RIM practices, goals, stakeholders, and system components.

     

    Research Information Management in the United States Part 2 - Case Studies

    11 November 2021

    Rebecca Bryant, Jan Fransen, Pablo de Castro, Brenna Helmstutler, David Scherer

    This two-part report series provides a first-of-its-kind documentation of research information management (RIM) practices at US research universities, presenting a thorough examination of RIM practices, goals, stakeholders, and system components.

     

    New Model Library: Pandemic Effects and Library Directions

    28 October 2021

    Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ixchel M. Faniel, Brittany Brannon, Joanne Cantrell, Christopher Cyr, Brooke Doyle, Peggy Gallagher, Kem Lang, Brian Lavoie, Janet Mason, and Titia van der Werf

    The COVID-19 pandemic impacted libraries of all types around the world, requiring library leaders to respond to rapidly shifting community and institutional needs. This briefing shares how leaders adapted during the pandemic and what they envision moving forward to help libraries plan strategically.

     

    Genre Containers: Building a Theoretical Framework for Studying Formats in Information Behavior

    26 October 2021

    Brittany Brannon, Amy G. Buhler, Tara Tobin Cataldo, Ixchel M. Faniel, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Joyce Kasman Valenza, Christopher Cyr

    Prior studies have shown high-level differences in people's perception and use of various information formats. However, the lack of a coherent and theoretically informed framework of elements of format has inhibited a nuanced understanding of the role that formats play in information behavior. This paper draws on theories from the field of rhetoric and composition to ground the study of information format in a social constructivist perspective that foregrounds action in context. 

    The Ukrainian Kyrylytsia, Restored: An Automation Project for Adding the Cyrillic Fields to Ukrainian Records in OCLC WorldCat

    18 October 2021

    Jenny Toves, Roman Tashlitskyy, Lana Soglasnova

    A report on the work to add Cyrillic text to 30,000 Ukrainian records in Worldcat. This is part of a continuing effort that has added Cyrillic text to 1.1M Russian records and 25,000 Bulgarian records in Worldcat making the records more accessible to native speakers. The report discusses the obstacles involved when transliterating Latin text back to Cyrillic.

    Retrospective Accessioning

    16 September 2021

    Chela Scott Weber

    Retrospective accessioning is a practice that holistically identifies and attends to gaps in accessioning practice. This preprint is designed to help develop an appropriate retrospective accessioning project at your institution. 

    United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Study 2021

    1 September 2021

    OCLC

    Libraries bring unique strengths and collective strength to global sustainability challenges. To inspire more conversations, expanded engagement, and action that leads to impact, OCLC Global Council set its FY21 area of focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Mobilizing community to transition to the next generation of metadata

    1 July 2021

    Titia van der Werf

    This article highlights community and stakeholder mobilization initiatives in the library and heritage sectors that help in the transition to the next generation of metadata. We draw from the Next Generation of Metadata round table discussions organized by OCLC Research in March 2021. 

    Using collective curation to pay data forward in the life cycle

    11 June 2021

    Ixchel M. Faniel

    Drawing from a study of archaeological excavation teams, four collective curation opportunities are proposed to identify and resolve differences in data and documentation practices that arise in team-based research. To create more integrated, well-documented data, the opportunities attend to integrating people rather than technology. The actions people take as data move through the life cycle become the focal point of change.

    Research Methods in Library and Information Science, 7th Edition

    12 May 2021

    Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Marie L. Radford

    The seventh edition of this frequently adopted textbook features new or expanded sections on social justice research, data analysis software, scholarly identity research, social networking, data science, and data visualization, among other topics.

    Total Cost of Stewardship: An Annotated Bibliography for Responsible Collection Building

    16 March 2021

    Chela Scott Weber, Martha O’Hara Conway, Nicholas Martin, Gioia Stevens, Brigette Kamsler.

    The Total Cost of Stewardship framework is a holistic approach to understanding the resources needed to responsibly acquire and steward archives and special collections. Included materials: Research Report, Annotated Bibliography, and Tool Suite, which includes a Manual, Cost Estimators, and Communication Tools.

    Total Cost of Stewardship: Responsible Collection Building in Archives and Special Collections

    16 March 2021

    Chela Scott Weber, Martha O’Hara Conway, Nicholas Martin, Gioia Stevens, Brigette Kamsler.

    The Total Cost of Stewardship framework is a holistic approach to understanding the resources needed to responsibly acquire and steward archives and special collections. Included materials: Research Report, Annotated Bibliography, and Tool Suite, which includes a Manual, Cost Estimators, and Communication Tools.

    Total Cost of Stewardship: Responsible Collection Building in Archives and Special Collections - Tool Suite

    16 March 2021

    Chela Scott Weber, Martha O’Hara Conway, Nicholas Martin, Gioia Stevens, Brigette Kamsler.

    The Total Cost of Stewardship framework is a holistic approach to understanding the resources needed to responsibly acquire and steward archives and special collections. Included materials: Research Report, Annotated Bibliography, and Tool Suite, which includes a Manual, Cost Estimators, and Communication Tools.

    Backgrounds and behaviors: Which students successfully identify online resources in the face of container collapse

    15 February 2021

    Christopher Cyr, Tara Tobin, Brittany Brannon, Amy G. Buhler, Ixchel M. Faniel, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Joyce Kasman Valenza, Rachael Elrod, Samuel R. Putnam

    This study of students from primary through graduate school looks at their ability to identify the containers of information resources, and how this ability is affected by their demographic traits, the resource features they attended to, and their behaviors during a task-based simulation. 

    Transforming Metadata into Linked Data to Improve Digital Collection Discoverability: A CONTENTdm Pilot Project

    21 January 2021

    Greta Bahnemann, Michael Carroll, Paul Clough, Mario Einaudi, Chatham Ewing, Jeff Mixter, Jason Roy, Holly Tomren, Bruce Washburn, Elliot Williams

    This report shares the CONTENTdm Linked Data Pilot project findings. In this pilot project, OCLC and five partner institutions investigated methods for—and the feasibility of—transforming metadata into linked data to improve the discoverability and management of digitized cultural materials.

    I still go ask someone I enjoy talking to: The use of digital and human sources by educational stage and context

    6 January 2021

    Chris Cyr, Brittany Brannon, Lynn Silipigni Connaway

    How does educational stage affect the way people find information? In previous research using the Digital Visitors & Residents (V&R) framework for semi-structured interviews, context was a factor in how individuals behaved. This study of 145 online, open-ended surveys examines the impact that one's V&R educational stage has on the likelihood of attending to digital and human sources across four contexts. 

    Bring Learning to All Library Staff: Scaling and Sustaining Professional Development Content

    1 November 2020

    Kendra Morgan, Sharon Streams

    This chapter describes how WebJunction—a program of OCLC Research that offers a free and open online learning network for those who work in or with libraries—supports the scalability and sustainability of Professional Development. Readers will also get tips for how to make it as accessible and affordable to as many learners as possible. 

    Identifying Opportunities for Collective Curation during Archaeological Excavations

    6 August 2020

    Ixchel Faniel, Anne Austin, Sarah Whitcher Kansa, Eric Kansa, Jennifer Jacobs, Phoebe France

    Archaeological excavations are comprised of interdisciplinary teams that create, manage, and share data as they unearth and analyse material culture. These team-based settings are ripe for collective curation during these data lifecycle stages. However, findings from four excavation sites show that the data interdisciplinary teams create are not well integrated. Knowing this, we recommended opportunities for collective curation to improve use and reuse of the data within and outside of the team.