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Breakout Talks


Monday 24th February

Breakout Talks 1

A: Passionate communication and modern library marketing: community options to reach new and current users

Facilitated by: Norbert Weinberger and Elisabeth Denk
Speakers: Barbara Lison and Ton van Vlimmeren

How can public libraries reach actual and potential library users with more impact? Which service of the library do people want and how do they want to be addressed? How can the library community be involved and support their individual Public Library?

Based on the US community campaign Geek the Library for Public Libraries the library associations and library experts are carrying out pilot tests in Europe.

The German speaking countries have set up a pilot test in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with the campaign BiblioFreak fom July 2013 to January 2014 . As a basis for this pilot the market needs had been analyzed and defined. First hand experiences of all institutions involved, such as the participating public libraries, ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH (German library supplier company), the respective national library associations dbv (D), BVÖ (A) and other institutions will be presented.

The G4 libraries in the Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht) and OCLC are working on a pilot project with a Dutch version of the original slogan ‘Geek de Bibliotheek.’ Campaign launch is planned for the end of October until December.  Additional funding to finance a multi media campaign has been acquired. The pilot will be evaluated early 2014. Pilot results will be transferred to the Public Library Branch for a national roll out of the campaign.

In this Breakout Talk Barbara Lison, Ton van Vlimmeren, Elisabeth Denk and Norbert Weinberger will share and discuss the outcome and lessons learned from this campaign.

B: Growing WorldCat : What the Global Community Wants

Facilitated by: Ted Fons
Speakers: Jos Damen, Susan Murray

The most prolific example of library collaboration globally is the development of the world’s largest collection of library data, WorldCat.  This session will explore future development of WorldCat. We will look at the ongoing effort to diversify the international content and collection types represented in this global resource.  Emphasis will be on how the growth in global resources supports library workflows and helping libraries manage the cost of metadata, resource sharing, and discovery services.

Jos Damen (African Studies Centre, Leiden) and Susan Murray (African Journals Online, AJOL) will talk about the continuing importance of metadata and abstracts for African journal articles, and of the availability of scientific publications on and from Africa. The population of Africa tripled in the last 50 years, and is expected to more than double again by 2050. Moreover, Africa’s population is young and eager to get relevant information, either online or on paper. Some African governments (Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa) are heavily investing in education, but as a rule, the region’s library and information sector, including journal publishing, continues to be inadequately supported and resourced. The importance of good and inter-linked scholarly publication platforms with quality metadata for discoverability and accessibility to full text is paramount. Some statistics and insights on this drawn from recent research into the State of Scholarly Publishing in Africa will be shared.

C: OCLC WorldShare Management Services - Update

Facilitated by: Axel Kaschte
Speakers: Emma Sansby, Pierre Malan   

We are pleased to observe that the adoption of Worldshare Management Services is steadily growing around the globe, the aim of this session is to provide a progress report on rollout with a special focus on academic libraries and EMEA. OCLC’s EMEA Product Strategy Director Axel Kaschte will get us up to speed on the latest developments. We would also like to share one of the most recent experiences in implementation with a presentation from Bishop Grosseteste University in the UK and include an update from Pierre Malan of Sabinet on the roadmap for South Africa. All are most welcome to attend the session and we encourage questions to make it lively and interactive.

D: Linked Data Exposed

Facilitated by: Richard Wallis

Want to know a bit more about Linked Data; how it is being exposed through WorldCat; its place underpinning the global graph of knowledge; and how it can help libraries guide users to their resources?  Join OCLC Technology Evangelist, and chair of the W3C Schema Bib Extend Community, Richard Wallis as he explores Linked Data from first principles, to the way it will shape our future.  Richard is expecting questions in this interactive session. So if there is something you have been wanting to ask on the topic, this is your chance. 

Breakout Talks 2

E: We Built a Community!

Facilitated by: Fiona Leslie
Speakers: Stephanie Diakité, Dr. Buhle Mbambo-Thata, Naomi House

The concept of community is based on how people gather around shared interests or location to give and take mutually.  Community-building must give value back to those who participate, or they are not sustainable.  In the world of libraries, scarce resources and an ethos of sharing, means that community-building offers a credible way to solve problems and further public goals.  This session will explore some real examples of community-building in the world of libraries. 

First of all, Stephanie will tell us about T160K (the Timbuktu Manuscripts Knowledge for Peace Initiative), an 'Indiegogo' crowd-sourcing campaign that reached out to a global community. 

Dr. Mbambo-Thata in her role as Library Director of UNISA will talk about their unique collaboration with public libraries, especially with local city public library services in Tshwane.  This partnership, in addition to improving outreach to students in the Tshwane area also provides career professional development for those employed by the libraries involved.  Reciprocal benefit is a vital ingredient for any community-building activity, she will argue.

Finally, Naomi will talk about how she built a national community in the US for librarians seeking jobs.  She talks about the strategies that were deployed successfully, as well as the mistakes that can hinder successful community – building. 

F: OCLC Research - Innovation through cooperation

Facilitator and Speaker: Titia van der Werf

How does innovation work in the context of OCLC?  Titia van der Werf will explain the innovation process with a variety of examples which illustrate how innovation, research and partnership go hand in hand. The examples will also give a bird’s eye view of the innovation areas in which libraries currently invest heavily.

The talk will demonstrate that innovation requires collaboration beyond organisational boundaries and intensive interactions between the various players in the innovation chain (funders, academia, service providers, IT-industry, etc.).

G: WorldShare Interlibrary Loan - moving on with fulfillment

Facilitated by: TBC
Speakers: Poul Erlandsen, Jenny Raubenheimer 

OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan fully replaces WorldCat Resource Sharing in May 2014. The service centralises workflows now managed in multiple systems and will provide new functionality that speeds fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests and saves time for library staff and library users.  The migration from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan transforms traditional interlibrary loan into a much broader fulfillment service with associated workflows. In the new service, interlibrary loan will be one of any number of fulfillment options a library may select according to the needs of its users and library policies.  Find out how you can take advantage of improvements to ILL and wider fulfillment workflows by joining this session.

You will also hear Poul Erlandsen (Head of Department Royal Library Denmark), Jenny Raubenheimer (Director of Information Resources Distribution, UNISA), and Katie Birch (Portfolio Director, Delivery Services, OCLC) discuss how the traditional Interlibrary Loan service is evolving in to a just-in-time, on demand service to meet the needs of your end users.

Hear how Poul makes best use of the OCLC library network to fulfil demand from his users, and meet the demands of other libraries.

Jenny Raubenheimer will talk about a South African perspective on inter-library loan and Katie Birch will discuss how ILL is changing and how OCLC is shaping applications to handle these changes.

H: WorldShare Platform and APIs

Facilitated by: Roger Grossmann
Speaker: Cornelius Parkin

OCLC’s WorldShareTM Platform provides flexible, open access to library data through Application Programming Interfaces. Libraries use Platform services to streamline library management workflows and to improve the service offerings. Partners use Platform services to connect to the WorldShare Network in order to build new offerings for libraries and patrons. The session will demonstrate examples how libraries and partners make beneficial use of OCLC's WorldShare Platform services. 

Technically, the WorldShare Platform is a global, interconnected Web architecture that leverages collective data collections and WorldShare Management application data and processes. OCLC has established a global infrastructure network in order to make Platform services available worldwide. A high level view of the WorldShare Platform architecture and used technologies will be outlined during the session. 

Cornelius will discuss how Sabinet Online has utilized the WorldCat API for their real-world business scenario. Cornelius will touch on the business case, technical details and an example of the live implementation which is currently being used by clients in South Africa.

Tuesday 25th February

Breakout Talks 3

I: The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program

Facilitated by: George Needham
Speakers: Sarah Kaddu and Cyrill Walters

The aim of this session is to provide members with information about the The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program, with a view to encouraging more applications to the program. Two former Fellows, Sarah Kaddu and Cyrill Waters will talk about their experience and how the Program has helped them in their career to date.

J: OCLC Research - Innovation through cooperation

Facilitator and Speaker: Titia van der Werf

How does innovation work in the context of OCLC?  Titia van der Werf will explain the innovation process with a variety of examples which illustrate how innovation, research and partnership go hand in hand. The examples will also give a bird’s eye view of the innovation areas in which libraries currently invest heavily.

The talk will demonstrate that innovation requires collaboration beyond organisational boundaries and intensive interactions between the various players in the innovation chain (funders, academia, service providers, IT-industry, etc.).

K: Library Consortia in EMEA

Facilitated by: Dénelise L’Ecluse
Speakers: Bas Savenije, Laila Vahed, Jeff Gima

The spirit of collaboration in Europe, Middle East and Africa is strong, and never more so than within the library community where there are so many challenges that can better be addressed by organised consortia.  The importance of consortia both regionally, nationally and internationally will be discussed in this session.  We will explore how library consortia are evolving to meet new challenges in their environment and what models for collaboration with OCLC they would like to see emerge.

Bas Savenije is Director of the National Library in Amsterdam and a member of the UKB.  The UKB is a consortium of thirteen academic libraries in the Netherlands and the National Library.  Together they forged a close partnership based on their shared national infrastructure for cataloguing, discovery and ILL.  In 2013, the UKB decided to migrate this national infrastructure to the global WorldShare platform.  Mr Savenije will talk about their reasons for this decision and their expectations for the future.

Laila Vahed is Library Director at the University of Zululand and Chair of SANLiC.  Ms Vahed will talk about the challenges that consortia like SANLiC face to deliver on their mandate, and what they can do to counteract such external pressures.

Jeff Gima is Director of the AMICAL Consortium, based at the American University of Paris. AMICAL is an international consortium of 26 American-modeled universities in 21 different countries, a cooperative organization for advancing learning, teaching and research through the collaborative development of libraries, information services and curricular resources at member institutions. Jeff will talk about AMICAL’s unique perspective as a consortium that crosses national boundaries and about the collaboration model they envisage developing with OCLC going forward.

L: OCLC WorldShare Management Services - Update

Facilitated by: Axel Kaschte
Speakers: Emma Sansby, Pierre Malan  

We are pleased to observe that the adoption of Worldshare Management Services is steadily growing around the globe, the aim of this session is to provide a progress report on rollout with a special focus on academic libraries and EMEA. OCLC’s EMEA Product Strategy Director Axel Kaschte will get us up to speed on the latest developments. We would also like to share one of the most recent experiences in implementation with a presentation from Bishop Grosseteste University in the UK and include an update from Pierre Malan of Sabinet on the roadmap for South Africa. All are most welcome to attend the session and we encourage questions to make it lively and interactive.

M: Innovation and Change Management in Libraries

Facilitated by: Hanita van der Meulen
Speakers: Jacques Malschaert
, Fiona Parsons

“You need to change to stay the same”

Libraries are reinventing themselves to meet the changing needs of users. This session will include case studies of how institutions are redefining themselves. Drawing on his own experience, Jacques Malschaert, will explain the way public libraries are organised in the Netherlands and how they have adapted to the changes happening around them.

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