OCLC Research 2010: Pulse taking

As 2010 winds down, we are reflecting on what we’ve worked on or created in a mini blog series. You can see a run down of highlights here.

My colleague Jackie wrangled an incredibly long survey of an incredibly large sample of special collections and archives and synthesized it in an incredibly interesting (and long) report, Taking Our Pulse: The OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives. You’ll want to study it in all its detail, but for those pressed for time, Jackie distills the significant outcomes in a blog post that gives bulleted significant findings and bulleted recommendations. [She also blogged about what surprised her among the findings.] You might also like to read some background about this activity, including how it relates to the ARL study done in 1998.

What’s next? We’re deciding which of the recommendations we’ll take on and subtly suggesting to others those they might take on. All in the service of making those wonderful collections accessible and preserved for the ages.

If you’re itching for even more, check out this 3-page summary of the last five years of the RLG Partnership and OCLC Research.

Ricky Erway, Senior Program Officer at OCLC Research, worked with staff from the OCLC Research Library Partnership on projects ranging from managing born digital archives to research data curation. Ricky left OCLC in 2015.