Libraries and Users at Webscale: The Future is Now

A free workshop co-sponsored by Amigos and OCLC

Join OCLC, Amigos and your colleagues for three hours of interactive learning about the concept of Webscale. With library users' increasing reliance on popular consumer services—like Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook—we'll discuss how libraries can leverage Webscale capabilities to transform both back-office operations and user services.

Here are a few of the discussion topics we'll cover:

  • What Webscale is and what it can mean for you and your users
  • Current user behavior and technology trends
  • How libraries can innovate and collaborate at Webscale
  • How the OCLC cooperative is responding to Webscale

This workshop is discussion-oriented with plenty of peer interaction. Expect to leave with practical ideas for using Webscale concepts that can transform how your library reaches out to information seekers. Collaboration and cooperation are key in this changing Webscale environment—so invite your colleagues in technical and public services, systems, digital collections and library administration to join you for this free, three-hour session.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 30, 2012, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
LOCATION: University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library, Room 315A
PRESENTER: Eric Forte, OCLC Member Services Consultant, librarian and author

Prior to joining OCLC in 2010, Eric Forte was Associate Dean for Library Services at Boise State University, and he also held several positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Eric holds an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is the author of The Basic Business Library: Core Resources and Services (ABC-CLIO, 2011).


What previous workshop participants have said about 'Libraries and Users at Webscale':

  • "Presented a vision of the future that actually seems both optimistic and possible."
  • "I appreciated the combination of big picture presentations and chance to talk in small groups."
  • "Interesting discussions of how technology is affecting the search for knowledge."
  • "Lots of fun…great videos and ideas!"