We’re having a ball!

Posted On May 3 2013 by

A couple of months ago, we asked the WorldShare Management Services community to contribute videos to help us celebrate the fact that we reached the milestone of having 100 libraries “live” on WMS. We had a terrific response from the WMS community. We had nearly 40 submissions from WMS libraries in Australia, Canada and across the United States–truly illustrating the growing worldwide community.   Here’s the compiled video, edited slightly to get all 40 segments just over 4 minutes.  Enjoy! There are definitely a lot of fun and creative people among the WMS community.  But we already new libraries were like …


Fewer Shades of Grey

Posted On Sep 14 2012 by

When I was in library school in the mid-nineties, I was told there was a “greying  of the profession” in process.  As I cocky, young, soon-to-be librarian, I read this threat as a promise.  So many librarians would be retiring in the next 20 years that we literally could not fill their seats with the new generations of librarians “coming online.” I was intrigued by the challenge but utterly stunned by the professional response.  Somehow this looming threat was turning into a library school recruitment effort.  I had a different reaction.  If we were a factory, I thought, and we …


A New Brand Day

Posted On Dec 5 2011 by

So at some point, blogging became like exercise to me.  It used to come easily because I did it regularly, and if I didn’t do it regularly, I missed it terribly.  I hear that runners get like this…I wouldn’t know.  Despite my hectic pace, it’s more webscale than cardiovascular.  So, I’m trying once again to turn over a new leaf, looking for an equivalent to new year’s day to start blogging again.  I figured that OCLC’sintroduction of a new brand is as good way to start as any. OCLC WorldShare I won’t bore any of you with what goes into …


Everything’s Coming Up Roses (and at web scale!)

Posted On Jun 9 2011 by

I readily admit that no one ever called me “Pollyanna” until I came to OCLC. But I can be annoyingly optimistic about the future of library automation and OCLC’s role in that future, so throw a little success our way and look out! A long time ago, my work nickname was “Mr. Crabby” (I still own the mrcrabby@hotmail account that I created as my dummy email address in 1995…don’t expect replies, your messages will be buried amongst various political mailings, retail store sign-ups, and mountains of spam).  Later, I dubbed myself “the cynical optimist,” a moniker that stuck for a …


Web-scale Management Services Introduces Gesture-based Library Management

Posted On Apr 1 2011 by

Put down that mouse and keyboard!  Twenty-first century, Web-based libray management services now means finding a whole new way to interact with library data and customers.  As the team at OCLC working on Web-scale Management Services has been hammering out new functional requirements, we’ve had a lot of leeway in breaking new ground.  But we’ve really been looking for a way to take the service beyond the obvious trends of electronic content management and mobile interfaces.  That’s when one of our developers hooked up his XBox Kinect sensor to our development environment and the ideas started flying faster than we …