Join us for this OCLC Research webinar series, based around five different research topics.


Next Generation Metadata - where next?

Thursday 29 February, 09:30 - 10:30 (CST)

Richard Urban, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research Library Partnership and Inkyung Choi, Associate Research Scientist, OCLC Research

Linked data is the next evolution of library metadata, and with upcoming products and services from OCLC, it is becoming more of a tangible reality. In this session, Richard Urban demonstrates how decades of work in OCLC Research set the stage for linked data infrastructures we are launching this year. Stable and sustainable bridges between existing metadata practices and new opportunities provided by linked data are needed to make this transition successful. Inkyung Choi’s research applies new approaches to integrate the DDC linked data into broader knowledge graphs that enhance discovery of library resources.

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Trends and Future Directions in Research Data Management

Wednesday 27 March, 09:30 - 10:30 (CST)

Rebecca Bryant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research Library Partnership and Brian Lavoie, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research

Research data management (RDM) has emerged as an area of keen interest in academic institutions, and funding agencies in many countries now mandate specific data management and sharing practices. This presents challenges for institutions that may lack resources, expertise, and infrastructures. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of relevant OCLC Research findings, focusing on frameworks and examples that describe the evolving scholarly record, RDM service categories, the need for partnerships with other units on campus to develop RDM services, and the role of multi-institutional collaborations as a strategy for building RDM capacity.

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“Libraries model sustainability”: The results of an OCLC survey on library contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals

Thursday 25 April, 09:30 - 10:30 (CST)

Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Executive Director, OCLC Research and Brooke Doyle, Senior Project Coordinator, OCLC Research

Back in 2015, the United Nations (UN) introduced their project, The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This project consisted of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to improve both health and education, reduce inequality, and increase economic growth globally. Libraries very much speak to these goals and can really be catalysts for positive change within their communities. And, as OCLC Research, we partner with libraries and cultural institutions to offer the resources they need to meet changing community needs. So, in response to the UN SDGs, in 2021 OCLC Research carried out a survey of more than 1700 library staff worldwide to look at how libraries could contribute to five identified SDGs. In this session, Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Brooke Doyle will discuss the survey results and will consider how the activities identified in the survey can and have been used to inform library strategic planning and help maximize a library’s impact when it comes to sustainable development.

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Integrating scholarly peer-reviewed open access publications into user workflows

Wednesday 29 May, 09:30 - 10:30 (CST)

Ixchel Faniel, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research and Lesley Langa, Associate Research Scientist, OCLC Research

Open science policies and funding agency requirements have accelerated the transition to scholarly, peer-reviewed open access (OA) publications in many countries. Although academic libraries have been instrumental in the growth of OA publications, less is known about their efforts to make OA publications discoverable. Join us to hear how seven Dutch academic libraries are integrating OA publications into user workflows. We will also share results from a survey of their users’ experiences with scholarly peer-reviewed publications and open access. 

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New Model Library: planning for positive change in the midst of challenges

Thursday 13 June, 09:30 - 10:30 (CST)

Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Executive Director, OCLC Research and Brittany Brannon, Senior Research Specialist, OCLC Research

The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed people's lifestyles and created an opportunity to reassess the role of libraries in a rapidly changing society. It has led managers to reimagine services, collections, and operations. But what is their long-term vision for libraries in the wake of changing practices and environments? As a part of OCLC Research’s work in documenting how libraries as organizations operate, adapt, and evolve, the team met with global library leaders to discuss emerging library models in response to the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the New Model Library framework. Further to this and to advance this framework, OCLC’s Global Council and OCLC Research further studied the themes of the community’s commitment to the library, collaboration between libraries and community partners, and innovative programs that address the evolving needs and expectations of the community by disseminating an OCLC Global Council international survey entitled “Redefining the Library Experience.” In this session, both Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Brittany Brannon will talk about the findings that provide insight into what global leaders in multiple library types envision as they move toward their New Model Libraries. 

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