Friday, January 24, 2014

@OCLC CEO Skip Pritchard at the Americas Regional Council meeting at #ALAMW14

OCLC Americas Regional Council Business Meeting
24 January 2014

Jean Treadwell, OCLC Americas Regional Council Chair
Quick overview of the OCLC ARC council; elections are coming up for ARC officers and delegates. Council delegates are now broken into subsets (public, academic, museums and archives); voting is open from 24 January to 14 March 2014. Each OCLC member gets a vote, SIL's voting members should vote soon!

Sandy Yee, OCLC Board of Trustees Chair (Dean, Wayne State)
“Shared Governance”

Yee discussed the overall governance and management of OCLC. Pointed out that we are in times where things are changing very quickly. Libraries need to be built knowing that “the future is the platform” and to be able to make quick pivots to reflect changing needs of the library user community. Libraries must build collaborative partnerships, and seek partnerships that

Areas of responsibility for the OCLC Board:
  • Leadership. Work with “new” OCLC CEO Skip Prichard on direction for OCLC
  • Fiduciary. Board works for strategic allocation of OCLC resources. Oversee financial and business plans prepared by management. Does not seek profit, but aims for 2-4% contribution over revenue for reinvestment for the cooperative. OCLC seeks to maintain fees in bad times and have small increases in good years.
  • Mission points.
    • Leverage cooperation and efficiences of scale;
    • Deliver services that support the ways libraries and user work (cloud, mobile, social)
    • Lead (provide leading-edge library research and promote libraries)

Skip Prichard, OCLC CEO
Has been at OCLC for about seven months; has been busy looking around the world of OCLC membership travelling to understand what is happening among all the pots OCLC is involved in. Key element remains that OCLC is here for libraries and especially member libraries.

Attended 2014 International CES this year. CES increasingly about information as well as gadgets. Prichard did a review of Issac Asimov's predictions for the 2014. (from 1964) and many of them are right on (big screen TV, self-driving cars, algae bars, etc.).

Prichard's predictions for 2014? He won't give any because he doesn't want to see them appear in his performance plan. He will share questions he's heard on his tour:
  • Where is OCLC headed?
  • Why is OCLC moving so slow?
  • Why is OCLC moving so fast?
  • Does a cooperative model work in the 21st century?
  • What is the CEO's role?

So, how will the cooperative work:
  • Explore. Look at new trends through symposia, publications, and other meetings.
  • Share. OCLC moving seriously into cloud solutions; cloud will provide lower IT costs and lower service delivery costs; it is all about efficiency AND effectiveness. OCLC is looking at the following steps in cloud migration: 1) create global data netword; 2) migrate services; 3) power this through global library cooperation
  • Magnify. New study “Understanding the Collective Collection” (just out); Cathy De Rosa is finalizing the report on “Mooc and Libraries.” Key thing to magnify is cooperation among libraries. [short short video of OSU professor who studies coops. 1 billion people belong to coops; many things are coops that you don't know (Best Western Hotels, REI); coops are formed by people/institutions with affinities, that have a common problem, and can't find an existing market solution.

Some new suites of tools/services:
  • WorldCat Discovery Services. FirstSearch and WorldCat local coming together; creates one central index of link resolvers and A-Z list. Also includes synidation services that will integrate Google, Yelp, Goodreads, etc.
  • WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is currently in migration to cloud platforms
  • Global Data Network. WorldCat has 2.1 billion holdings and 3.1 million records

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