About the Blog

This blog was developed as an internal communications vehicle and externalized after a year or so in October 2004. Naturally, its interests relate closely to those of OCLC Research generally.

How do libraries serve network people? How are library organization, services and technologies co-evolving with the behaviors of their users? It looks at library logistics, collaborative sourcing, the collective collection, and evolving metadata and bibliographic practices. It is also interested in how libraries support changing research and learning needs, and on how the curatorial traditions of archives, libraries and museums come together in the digital environment.

About Lorcan Dempsey

Lorcan is the Chief Strategist and VP, Membership & Research, OCLC.

He has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, the UK and the US. His influence on national policy and library directions is widely recognized.

In 2010 he received the National Federation of Advanced Information Services’ (NFAIS) highest award, The Miles Conrad Award. He is an honorary Doctor of the Open University in the UK and has twice received an ALCTS Presidential Citation for his work with OCLC colleagues. Lorcan began his career in public libraries in his native Dublin, Ireland. Before moving to OCLC, he managed the UK higher education national investment in information services for Jisc. He is a member of the Cambridge University Library Visiting Committee.

On Twitter he is @LorcanD

On libraries, services and networks.