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A fresh, new year means a crop of fresh, new tech predictions. While flying cars aren’t going to happen in 2017, Uber is already looking at the possibility. The Internet of Things isn’t new, but we may see it die off as a buzzword this year. Security threats aren’t new, either, but they’re going to get worse, with further expansion of DDoS and ransomware attacks. Online headlines are predicted to become less click-baity and more real. Whether they’re very likely or outright fantastical, they certainly give us a lot to chew on.
And, after reading about the potential of Uber replacing public transit and the weaponizing of drones, you might need some more New Year’s libations.
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I recently attended the OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Meeting in Hong Kong where the theme was “Libraries at the Crossroads.” It was a great topic, one that is relevant to us all. As librarians, we continuously face crossroads—changing patron preferences, evolving institutions, new technologies. We had excellent discussions about how we can best move forward, together. It’s the same theme we’ll explore at the upcoming Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council Meeting in Germany in February. I’m greatly looking forward to continuing the discussion.
This “crossroads” analogy also has framed recent Global Council discussions and decisions. At our meeting this past November, Delegates agreed to sharpen our focus on member activities, such as OCLC regional meetings and product, user and working groups that advance the interests of our member institutions.What is OCLC Global Council?
As an OCLC member, you have a voice in the cooperative through our Global Council, which is made up of three Regional Councils: the Americas (ARC), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (AP). Member Delegates reflect the diversity of our membership. The 48 elected Delegates represent 20 different countries and a variety of library types. These Delegates work on your behalf to keep OCLC leadership informed on member needs and interests.
Each year, Delegates travel to the OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA, to share what we are hearing and learning from members. Often, these conversations raise awareness about specific needs like the importance of Unicode to the global cataloging community. One of our most important responsibilities is to elect six library members to the Board of Trustees who, along with the other eight members of the Board, answer to and represent our member institutions. We also bring members together to explore industry-wide themes and hear from thought leaders around the globe at regional meetings, Member Forums and other gatherings.Reflecting on reflecting
Over the last year, Global Council has undergone a transformation that will strengthen Delegates’ ability to reflect the needs and interests of our members. Together, our professional expertise and understanding informs OCLC on needs within our broad-based member communities. Our diversity as a Council allows us to raise awareness of regional issues and identify important trends and opportunities based on our knowledge of the different library types in which we work.
To do this, we have agreed to take a more active role in shaping the ways in which OCLC engages with members worldwide. Over the coming months, you will have more opportunities to get to know your Delegates and learn how we can work more closely together to participate, share and learn from our colleagues and peers.
Engaging through your regional Delegates, you have a connection to OCLC and a voice in shaping cooperative participation. There are a variety of ways that any individual librarian can become more personally and professionally engaged with OCLC: everything from user and advisory groups to serving on a Regional Council. But today I want to emphasize an important and defining activity that being a member of OCLC offers: the ability to have a voice and a vote by electing Delegates to represent your interests on the Regional and Global Councils.
Elections for OCLC Global Council will be held from 1 February to 15 March 2017.
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Elections for Global Council will be held from 1 February to 15 March 2017. You will be introduced to an impressive slate of candidates from your region—your peers and colleagues who have volunteered to be considered for a seat on the Council. They are leaders within their communities who will work on your behalf to bring energy, enthusiasm and expertise to the world’s largest library cooperative.
Each member institution has one vote, and one designated voting representative who will vote to elect Delegates within your region. Please make sure your voting contact’s name is current. If you don’t know who your library’s voting representative is, ask your Manager or Director, or contact us at email@example.com.
As President of Global Council, I am proud to be able to work so closely with this diverse group of dedicated library leaders who come together to share their viewpoints of libraries of all types and from countries all over the world. I’d like to thank these candidates, and all our members, for everything they do to help guide and propel OCLC forward.
Trustworthiness is becoming an important issue on the web, with some of the biggest players taking new steps to mitigate the frequency of untrustworthy information on their websites. Trustworthiness is seldom a problem for libraries — at least for bricks and mortar libraries. We are pretty adept at providing library visitors with the psychological cues that build trust. But does your library website appear to be just as trustworthy as your physical library? If not, there are a few ways to change that.
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Shyness? Yes, shyness. Along with big data, the convenience imperative, interlibrary loan trends and linked data, shyness was one of the topics on our blog that got the most traffic last year.
The OCLC Next blog launched in February of 2016. Since then, readers have stopped by nearly 60,000 times to check out 54 posts. From those, we’ve chosen five of the most popular to share with you again.
From everyone who’s worked on OCLC Next during its first year…thank you for reading and sharing our work and making the blog so successful! We hope you’ll continue reading. Have a happy holiday season and joyful New Year!
The Top #OCLCnext Blog Posts of 2016
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Transforming data into impact
by Skip Prichard, OCLC, President and CEO
Of all the data collected in the world, only about half a percent is ever analyzed. And libraries don’t collect data in order to preside over giant vaults of information for its own sake. We do it because library users are trying to learn, to grow, to succeed. Often it’s the insight of librarians that takes the potential stored in our vast collections and helps transform it into action that changes lives. Read more…#LibrariesInLife: the convenience imperative
by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., OCLC Senior Research Scientist
We used to bring all our learning, content and media resources to various “watering holes” where folks would gather to consume it. Why? Because it was the fastest way to distribute a wide variety of materials. Now? The content comes to us through digital devices anywhere and at any time. And that repeals a lot of the laws that we grew up with concerning information dissemination and retrieval. Read more…Four interlibrary loan trends to watch in 2016
by Christa Starck,OCLC Sr. Product Manager, Resource Sharing
Many of the books featured in our list are not just popular…but are best sellers or have been highly publicized. This data proves an important point. While librarians have often thought of ILL as being primarily for unique and rare items, it’s clearly not. Which surprises many non-ILL librarians I talk to. There’s an assumption that ILL is mostly used for hard-to-find or unique materials. And while that certainly is the case, we can now see how important resource sharing is for popular works, too. Read more…Getting started with linked data
by Roy Tennant, OCLC, Senior Program Officer
“Linked data” is a popular topic at library conferences these days, with overflow crowds wondering what it might mean for their institutions and their personal professional development. Why? Because linked data can be easily understood by computers, resulting in opportunities for improved library workflows, enhanced user experiences, and discovery of library collections through a variety of popular sites and Web services, including Google, Wikipedia and social networks. Read more…Ranganathan on shyness: Get over it!
by Saskia Leferink, General Manager Benelux, OCLC
“If you want to be a reference librarian, you must learn to overcome not only your shyness but also the shyness of others.” Ranganathan used this quote to describe behavioral change librarians needed to make in his day, when they were transitioning to serving readers from preserving books. Change can be intimidating even when you know it’s needed. But with the support of colleagues and the strength of a community, this very difficult task becomes doable. Read more…
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You’ve likely already noticed that many websites, including the Dynamic Website Kits that OPLIN manages, now have URLs that often begin with “https://” rather than “http://.” That’s no accident; we’ve been buying and installing SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificates for a while now. Why are so many sites, not just OPLIN’s, now sporting the extra security? In a nutshell, it’s additional protection. Next month, January 2017, Chrome will even begin showing a warning to users when they visit sites without HTTPS, marking those sites as insecure. If your library’s website doesn’t already have HTTPS, better get ready.
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We've been here before. We'll find our way forward eventually. I hope.
Sick of relying on commercial platforms for academic sharing? Humanities Commons, SocArXiv, and the Center for Open Science to the rescue!
Last week, Eset Research posted a report about malware they had discovered which gathered information about infected computers and reported it back to the attack server. That, unfortunately, is not unusual. What is unusual about this exploit is the way it is delivered to the victim computer — the attack code is hidden inside an image that looks like an ad. It is interesting to see the clever way this was done, and also the development of the exploit over time. It is also important to note that the protection against this attack (as with so many other attacks) is simply keeping your software patched and up to date.
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Connecting users to knowledge and helping them achieve their learning goals is a major reason why we become librarians. And being part of a community that helps us do that is inspiring and energizing. Recently, at the National Taiwan University, I was part of a significant breakthrough of historical documents, which was made possible by library cooperation.
Building community to share our stories
Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in the eighth annual APRC membership meeting. It was so good to see nearly 260 attendees from 22 countries in Hong Kong for two days to discuss “Libraries at the Crossroads.” The meeting was a first-class event, with outstanding speakers, lively discussions and engaged members, all within a beautiful venue, the Harbour Grand Hotel. Follow this hashtag #OCLCHK16 to view some of the images and posts from the meeting.
Our membership meetings are always exciting. They provide an opportunity for our community across the Asia Pacific region to share experiences and get to know each other. It is also an opportunity for member libraries from around the region to explore and discuss trends that are shaping the future of the profession.
During the meeting, we shared a story about the power of library cooperation and a breakthrough in historical archives at my library at the National Taiwan University.
Connecting generations with historical documents
During World War II, many unique Japanese historical documents were destroyed. One of these was the Rekidai Hoan, a record of more than 400 years of diplomatic correspondence. The Rekidai Hoan was thought lost forever until a copy was discovered in a Taiwanese library in 1985 and shared with the world.
Sharing knowledge can connect us all in unexpected and wonderful ways.
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Now that document is available to current and future generations to help others at their individual and shared crossroads.
It is a tribute to library cooperation that an important historical collection from an Okinawa library was copied, saved and eventually shared with the world by librarians in Taiwan. It represents a bridge between generations, countries and conflicts. And it demonstrates that the preservation and sharing of knowledge can connect us all in unexpected and wonderful ways. You can get the full story by watching the video below.
Guest contributor Hsueh-hua Chen is Professor of Library and Information Science and former University Librarian, National Taiwan University, and a Global Council Delegate for the Asia Pacific Regional Council.
If you’d like to share a story about a breakthrough at your library, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and your library could be the subject of a future video.
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