Upcoming events: OCLC RLP Research Retreat and ResearchWorks

We are very excited about two upcoming paired events –  the Research Retreat (April 23-24) and ResearchWorks: Shaping an Applied Research Agenda (April 25-26). The events will be held in Dublin, Ohio at the OCLC campus.

The OCLC Research Library Partnership Research Retreat will focus on shifts in the library workforce, scholarly communication and research workflows, and collecting practices. The Research Retreat will extend to consider how initiatives like Research Data Management and Research Information Management help us rethink the library’s role and position stakeholders. OCLC RLP institutions and invited others are welcome to attend.

Core event features include:

  • A synthesis of “big picture” issues informing research libraries today
  • A structured format with time to reflect on how OCLC Research findings inform leadership at your institution
  • A collective and supportive environment for doing this together, with other library leaders at RLP institutions
  • An opportunity to inform how the OCLC RLP provides future support

ResearchWorks: Shaping an Applied Research Agenda, will focus on shaping an applied library community research agenda that charts engagement with data science and a range of computational methods. The agenda will be the product of feedback from a community working group, synchronous and asynchronous community engagements, and input from OCLC Research, OCLC product and services, and other staff experts.The possibilities for libraries and their users are many. This event is open to all institutions.

In addition to shaping the agenda, the following questions will be explored:

  • Thinking broadly, what big questions do you think should be addressed in this space?    
  • Thinking specifically, what could we achieve together in the next year, three years, five years?    
  • In your view, what would success look like?     
  • How should OCLC Research and the library community collaborate? What principles and norms should guide collaboration?    

In terms of participation, we are hoping to bring together high level, strategic perspectives. No technical experience required.

You can find more information and links to register here:

We invite library directors, associate directors, department heads and emerging leaders to join us. We hope you will join us, and help us shape our collective future!