Past Forward: New ways forward

This is the second in a series on the OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting, Past Forward. Stay tuned for more! In my last blog post, I underscored the “one library” theme — how special collections are integrating into the broader library and beyond. In this post, I’m going to take a look at new ways …

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Past Forward: One Library

This is the first in a series on the OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting, Past Forward. Past Forward, a meeting for the OCLC Research Library Partnership was held last month, June 4-5 (with a pre-meeting workshop on June 3rd). We’ve just posted the videos and other outputs for the meeting, and it falls to me …

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MOOCs and Libraries: Introduction

OCLC and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries held a forum on MOOCs and Libraries on March 18th and 19th. This is the first post in a short series on that event. You can also check out the event page for links to videos, presenters’ slides, and more! It’s been a few weeks, but it still …

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Supporting a Virtual Organization

Upfront admission: I work from home more than I work in the office. Having said that, either what I say makes sense or it doesn’t — decide for yourself. Marisa Mayer, Yahoo!’s CEO, provoked outrage from the Internet by banning telecommuting for Yahoo employees. Such outrage was not difficult to predict in this age, with …

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The Flipped Library

My colleague, Lorcan Dempsey, did a very nice synthesis of “MOOCs, Libraries, OCLC” for the OCLC Board of Trustees this morning. Given the massive attention and the surge of interest in MOOCs (witness that the article – Year of the MOOC – in the New York Times has stayed on the most emailed since it …

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21st-Century Research Library Collections

I was fortunate to attend the final session of the recent Association of Research Libraries membership meeting on this topic. The panel of presentations served as the occasion for the release of a new briefing paper for research library directors, “21st-Century Collections: Calibration of Investment and Collaborative Action.” The paper is the work of the …

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Libraries rebound

I’d like to put in a plug for the next event for those who are in the OCLC Research Libraries Partnership, which is Libraries Rebound: Embracing Mission, Maximizing Impact (June 5-6, Philadelphia). We are still confirming speakers but so far we’ve got a great line up of speakers — we’re also adding reactor panels, so …

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The nextGen (or nowGen?) information professional

One of the blogs I read with great pleasure is David Ferriero’s AOTUS: Collector in Chief. A recent posting on how to prepare the next generation (or what I would argue is the “now” generation) of information professionals caught my attention. The blog posting summarizes a keynote presentation David gave at a recent Association of …

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Raising Expectations

There are precious few library speakers upon whose every word I hang. Call me difficult to please. But one person who has achieved that status is Prof. David Lankes from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. The dude rocks. And although he is a frequent speaker, including at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting in …

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