For some time now, we have been doing an OCLC Research Update at the American Library Association meeting (both ALA Annual and Midwinter) in order to, well, give an update on our work. Which is quite wide ranging. Last month several of my colleagues participated in the update. Eric Childress played MC, giving a variety of mini-updates on OCLC Research — for example, Lorcan’s honorary doctorate from the Open University, the ALCTS Presidential Citation, awarded to OCLC Research for the compendium, Understanding the Collective Collection, our What in the WorldCat? lists, and a teaser for Lorcan’s forthcoming book, The Network Reshapes the Library. In addition, meatier presentations were featured during the update:
- Ixchel Faniel and Lynn Connaway gave an overview of their recent report, Reordering Ranganathan
- Karen Smith-Yoshimura gave an update on the Multilingual Bibliographic Structure project
- Constance Malpas introduced the Evolving Scholarly Record framework
- Dennis Massie gave a sneak peak at the Interlibrary Loan Cost Calculator
The presentations, with speaker notes, are available on Slideshare. I’ve given you plenty of links to follow but you can also look for more blog postings on these projects in the future!