May 24, 2022

Archived OCLC Research Webinar: “Are We Reconfigured Yet? US Research Libraries–Priorities, Trends, Directions” Now Available

Materials (transcript, slides, video, audio, archived tweets, etc.) from an OCLC Research webinar titled, “Are We Reconfigured Yet? US Research Libraries–Priorities, Trends, Directions” are now available online.  We’ve also embedded the YouTube video below. The webinar took place on February 14, 2013.

In this webinar, OCLC Research Library Partnership Vice President Jim Michalko shares a synthesis of the priorities and trends affecting US research libraries in the twenty-first century, the directions they are taking, and the ways in which OCLC Research seeks to respond to these concerns and advance the desired directions. This synthesis is based on a series of interviews that Jim conducted with the senior staff at more than 65 OCLC Research Library Partner institutions, as well as surveys by OCLC staff and visits to institutions by OCLC field staff. Jim observed a surprisingly strong convergence of concern around a small number of issues despite differences in library size, constituencies, funding and geography. This suggests that a new pattern of investment has begun that will result in a new portfolio of library services. The exact service offerings vary from institution to institution as they take shape through close attention to and engagement with the local institutional mission and the needs of the local constituency.

Video, Slides, Etc.

  • wmv (61.4 MB/55 min.)
  • mp4 (14.3 MB/55 min.)
  • via iTunes (55 min.)

*Please note: due to time constraints we weren’t able to address the final slide in this presentation during the webinar, but we’ve included it here because it indicates how OCLC Research activities align with the top concerns discussed.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.