OCLC Research is currently shaping our next research and learning agenda to address challenges and opportunities for special collections, archives and distinctive collections in research libraries. Led by our Practitioner Researcher in Residence, Chela Weber, we are taking a transparent, iterative approach to building this agenda by seeking substantial input from the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP), as well as the broader archives and special collections community. An early-stage draft was workshopped with representatives from RLP institutions and other invited professionals at the RBMS Conference last month in Iowa City, and a similar workshop will focus on the current draft at Archives 2017, the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists this month.
We are inviting you today to play a role in the next steps of shaping the agenda, and asking for your feedback on the current draft of the agenda by August 28th. We are happy to hear thoughts on any element of the draft agenda, but in particular, are interested in hearing comments on the following questions:
- Proposed Research Activities: do you have ideas for activities in areas that are left blank in the current draft? Are there other research activities or questions you would like to see addressed within each of the outlined topical areas of investigation?
- Relevant Existing Work in the Community: Is there current or early-stage work going on that addresses any of the topical areas of investigation and that we should be aware of?
- Priorities for OCLC: OCLC Research will be able to address only a small portion of the issues and activities outlined in the agenda, and wants to put its resources and expertise to best use. Which of the topical areas of investigation and proposed research activities would you most like to see OCLC take on, and where do you think they can make most impact?
Please find the draft agenda either as a Google Doc or as a PDF. You are welcome to add comments in the Google Doc itself, or submit comments via email to RLPStrategy@oclc.org. We welcome feedback and comments through August 28th.