PLA 2016 Conference 5-9 April
Connect with OCLC colleagues at the Public Library Association's 2016 Conference.
Synopsis of the event
The Public Library Association’s Annual Conference provided the opportunity for OCLC members to connect and learn about new cooperative initiatives. Several OCLC events were offered during the conference, including a Dewey Breakfast, Virtual Reference Roundtable, Digital Collection presentation, and an Update Lunch.
During the update lunch, Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO, presented, “Four principles that create online impact.” In this presentation, Skip points out how visibility, reciprocity, creativity and authority are important to understanding success online, for both individuals and libraries. Skip then introduced OCLC Senior Research Scientist, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD, who gave a presentation titled, “What Patrons Want, from Data to Impact.”
Lynn addressed the question “How can we design library services that attract potential users and build lasting relationships?” in her recent compilation, The Library in the Life of the User: Engaging with People Where They Live and Learn.
Key learnings were discussed from more than a decade of Lynn’s work studying people's information-seeking behaviors. Lynn will present her findings and some simple recommendations on how these data can help libraries design more user-centric services. The link to her presentation is below.
OCLC Update Dewey Breakfast and ALCTS Public Libraries Technical Services Interest Group Meeting
(PowerPoint, 14.7 MB)
Dewey editorial team members, Julianne Beall and Alex Kyrios, provided details of important features in WebDewey and significant schedule changes approved at the recent DDC Editorial Policy Committee meeting (EPC 139). Caroline Saccucci, head of the CIP and Dewey Program at the Library of Congress, discussed an expansion of LC's AutoDewey program for sports biographies.
Authority Data on the Web
(YouTube playlist, eight videos totaling approximately 202 minutes)
12 August 2016
This half-day event provided an overview of VIAF, a service that relies significantly on the cooperation of libraries from around the world, and presentations of use cases that illustrate VIAF's value.
OCLC Research Update at IFLA WLIC 2016
(YouTube video, 56 minutes)
17 August 2016
This event presents work by OCLC Research.
OCLC Dewey Update Breakfast
(PDF, 2.00 MB)
7 April 2016