OCLC Members Council met February 10-12 in Dublin, Ohio, to explore innovative ideas for new services, opportunities that global members and cultural heritage institutions bring to the collaborative, and discuss new possibilities for governance of the world’s largest library cooperative.
Under the leadership of OCLC Members Council President Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University (MLC), Council heard from a variety of speakers in plenary sessions offering ideas in library and information science innovation, and met in small groups to discuss ideas and topics of particular interest to delegates. Among the featured speakers:
- Joe Branin, University Librarian, The Ohio State University, opened the General Session with a brief virtual tour of The Ohio State University Main Library, which is in the ninth year of a 10-year, $109 million renovation project.
- Carol Mandel, Dean of Libraries, New York University, discussed findings of a study focused on defining a library research environment in her presentation, “Defining a 21st Century Library for Faculty and Graduate Student Research.” The study was conducted with the assistance of Katzenbach Partners, LLC (KPL) in 2006.
- George Bishop, Director, Ovid-Elsie Area Schools Information Center, provided his vision of OCLC global resource sharing from the perspective of a small school library in rural Michigan.
The Members Council Executive Committee allowed time during the meeting for delegates to hear a variety of short presentations promoting innovative ideas, including:
- “Libraries and Low-Cost Laptops for Learners Worldwide,” by Beth Barlow, Chief Librarian, Surrey Public Library, British Columbia (OCLC Canada)
- “Pumping Up Automated Cataloging,” by Migell Acosta, Head, ILS Operations, County of Los Angeles Public Library (OCLC Western)
- “Web Learning Integration and Community E-spaces for Libraries,” by Lynn Wiley, Head of Acquisitions and Coordinator for Technical Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library (ILLINET)