Public Library Association Conference
Connect with OCLC at the PLA Conference in Philadelphia.
Join OCLC in Philadelphia for the Public Library Association's Conference
Learn more about OCLC initiatives during the PLA Annual Conference, March 20–24, 2018. OCLC team members will be available during the conference to provide updates on products and services and answer any questions.
Join us at these events for more information:
OCLC Update Lunch
Thursday, March 22, 12:00–1:30 pm
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
OCLC has many exciting initiatives underway that support public libraries in better serving their users and their communities. Join your colleagues and hear from OCLC leaders about what’s new in research, products and services, WebJunction programming, and OCLC membership. Lunch will be served. Use the green 'Register to attend' button to confirm your attendance.
Voter Perceptions: Getting from Awareness to Funding in 2018
Thursday, March 22, 4:00–5:00 pm
Check PLA communications for location
PLA, the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, and OCLC partnered to revisit last decade’s seminal "From Awareness to Funding" research study, to understand current voter perceptions. In this essential program for library leaders, panelists (including Sharon Streams, Director of WebJunction, an OCLC Research program) will share key findings and analysis from the new research, provide new details on library super supporters and probable supporters in context with other library trends and research, and offer preliminary recommendations for how advocates can act on these findings. No OCLC registration is needed for this PLA session.
Dewey Update: What do the human microbiome, road maps, and tai chi have in common?
Friday, March 23, 2:00–3:00 pm
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Learn about the latest approved updates to the Dewey Decimal Classification, plus other Dewey news, from Alex Kyrios, Editor, Dewey Decimal Classification, OCLC. Light refreshments will be served. Use the green 'Register to attend' button to confirm your attendance.
Join OCLC product experts at the OCLC booth (#1001) for a series of brief spotlight presentations. No advance registration is required. Here's the schedule:
Using Data to Drive Change (presented three times)
Wednesday, March 21, 4:00–4:15 pm, presented by Scott Livingston
Thursday, March 22, 9:45–10:00 am, presented by Michele Kristakis
Friday, March 23, 10:30–10:45 am, presented by Scott Livingston
Public libraries aim to accurately reflect their communities. But what does that mean and how do you get there? Join us to discuss using data to evolve your collection, services, programs, and space, to meet ever-changing community needs.
The Innerworkings of Wikipedia
Wednesday, March 21, 5:00–5:15 pm, presented by Monika Sengul-Jones
Anyone can edit Wikipedia, but not everyone does. Learn to critically evaluate Wikipedia in a behind-the-scenes tour that covers how editors work together and make decisions about the verifiability of its content.
Increasing Web Visibility
Thursday, March 22, 10:15–10:30 am, presented by Cathy King
Studies suggest that more than 80% of people begin their research on search engines and non-library websites. Learn how OCLC connects online users with your library, through partnerships with popular websites that include Goodreads and Wikipedia.
Create Community Connections with CONTENTdm
Thursday, March 22, 3:15–3:30 pm, presented by Kevin Taggart
Learn why more than 2,500 organizations are sharing nearly 47 million digital items with CONTENTdm. Come see all the new features including a modern, fresh user interface, mobile-friendly website, improved accessibility, better image viewing on all devices, and improved search engine support.
You are also invited to visit OCLC Booth 1001 at the PLA exhibits. See demonstrations and have a conversation with us about your library's priorities. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia.